Black Tree: Luscious Sandwiches from Paradise

Fall Pig: Greenport Brewery Leaf Pile Braised Pork Belly, Brown Butter Quince Jam, Apple, Pickle, Cheddar, Chocolate, Apple Mint, and Fried Egg at Black TreeHello! Today, we're going to talk about Black Tree in Lower East Side, NYC. This farm-to-table restaurant sources their ingredients locally with a focus on freshness and quality. Their menu changes frequently as ingredients fall in and out of season. I've been here 2-3 times at this point and I've enjoyed every time. Black Tree has two locations; one in LES and the other in Brooklyn. 

They also have a Chef's Table in Brooklyn, which I can't wait to try. While Black Tree's cuisine is primarily American, it has hints of other cultures as shown in their baos, quesadillas, and burratas. I would suggest trying some of their more interesting dishes. By "interesting" I mean the dishes that have ingredients that you might have never seen before such as the pumpkin spice ricotta, spicy apple jam, or hydroponic arugula. Although, I'm sure you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Upon first review of their menu, I was drawn to their seasonal pig sandwich. Usually, the sandwich would be named after the season in which you visit. 
Fall Pig: Greenport Brewery Leaf Pile Braised Pork Belly, Brown Butter Quince Jam, Apple, Pickle, Cheddar, Chocolate, Apple Mint, and Fried Egg at Black Tree

So far, I've tried the summer pig and the fall pig (pictured above) sandwiches. The summer pig consisted of Braised Pork Belly with IPA Marinade, Aleppo Pepper and Caffe Vita Ground Coffee Rub with Sharp Cheddar, Chocolate Mint, Pickled Blueberries, Smoked Cherry Preserve, and a Fried Egg on top. This sandwich is my spirit animal. Eating this sandwich was such an enormous undertaking. I experienced glory as I devoured this beautiful mess of mouth-watering, juicy pork belly and dripping hot yolk. The delightful flavors of the blueberries and the cherries were helpful in avoiding a completely umami-rich meal. 

Similarly, the Fall Pig consists of Greenport Brewery Leaf Pile Braised Pork Belly, Brown Butter Quince Jam, Apple, Pickle, Cheddar, Chocolate, Apple Mint, and, of course, another fried egg. Eating this brought me a bit too much pleasure. This time, the sweetness of the apple and chocolate were a lot more apparent. Since it was sweeter, it didn't make me feel as full, which was perfect because Steph and I had decided to share an ice cream sandwich and then go to Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken for lunch #2. Don't judge me! Sometimes I need two meals... for lunch. 

Lex Ice Cream Sandwich: Brown Sugar Cornmeal Cookies with Makers Mark Bourbon Ice Cream at Black Tree

Anyway, the ice cream sandwich here is pretty legit. We got the "Lex", which was made of Makers Mark Bourbon Ice Cream sandwiched between Brown Sugar Cornmeal Cookies from Melt Bakery. It was MAGNIFICENT. The cookies were so chewy and sticky. The ice cream had the perfect balance of oaky and caramel flavors with a slight alcohol taste. 10/10 would get again. 

NOTE: When looking at their hours, refer to the hours listed on the website and not Yelp. Yelp's hours are incorrect. 

Rant: Service is very slow. During our latest visit, we waited about 50 minutes for the sandwich then another 30 for the ice cream sandwich and an extra 15 for the bill. No bueno. 

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Information:
131 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 533-4684
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Recommendations:
Seasonal Pig Sandwich
Ice Cream Sandwich

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Lex Ice Cream Sandwich: Brown Sugar Cornmeal Cookies with Makers Mark Bourbon Ice Cream at Black TreeLex Ice Cream Sandwich: Brown Sugar Cornmeal Cookies with Makers Mark Bourbon Ice Cream at Black Tree


Black Tree NYC


Black Tree NYCFall Pig: Greenport Brewery Leaf Pile Braised Pork Belly, Brown Butter Quince Jam, Apple, Pickle, Cheddar, Chocolate, Apple Mint, and Fried Egg at Black Tree

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