Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

One of the most anticipated openings this year was from Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield, the chef and brains behind such hits as The Spotted Pig and The Breslin. White Gold Butchers is something different. It’s a neighborhood butcher shop that supplies meat to the duo’s other restaurants and also offers fresh quality cuts to the local residents.

It’s also a restaurant itself with an array of meaty sandwiches and a dinner service. And the exciting part is you can eat your food while watching the butchers break down whole animals. If that’s your thing.

Even though I am not a resident of the Upper West Side (not a prerequisite), I came up here to check out the scene late on a Saturday afternoon. I was disappointed to see they were done serving their already famous egg sandwiches with bacon and they were out of the tempting porchetta.

I was forced to settle with the chopped cheese, which ended up being fantastic.

For those that don’t know (and I imagine that’s most of you), a chopped cheese sandwich is a hyper New York specialty. It grew in popularity among the hip-hop community in Harlem and the Bronx. It’s almost like a hybrid between a cheeseburger and a cheesesteak.

Bloomfield’s version has fancified the sandwich with a high quality beef blend and a gourmet kaiser roll. It’s covered with pickled jalapeños and a blanket of melted American cheese. The bun soaks up all the meaty grease and the entire thing is nicely peppered and crisp. Some people might claim it is too expensive for a sandwich that was meant to be the epitome of fast and cheap. But there’s no denying it tastes great. Price: $12

WHITE GOLD BUTCHERS
375 Amsterdam Avenue (at West 78th Street),
Upper West Side
(212) 362-8731
whitegoldbutchers.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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