A "New York minute" was explained to me as the time it takes for a New York cabbie to start honking his horn after the light turns green - as in, a millisecond!
New York Minute is a new cafe in Moonee Ponds doing cafe fare as well as three American-style sangers - pulled pork, brisket and Philly cheesesteak.
As someone married to an American, I am loving Melbourne's awakening in regard to American food. Instead of lazy jokes about American cuisine being McDonald's, Melburnians are now increasingly savvy to and appreciative of American regional fare in all its full-flavoured, all-beef glory.
Pulled pork sandwich, $8
Pulled pork is a whole pork piece (often shoulder) slow cooked, perhaps in a very slow oven or 'Q, before being shredded, tossed with BBQ sauce and slapped on a cheap white bun with loads of creamy 'slaw. I wasn't prepared for how delish New York Minute's version was. True, the BBQ sauce was a bit one dimensional, being very sweet, and there wasn't nearly enough coleslaw, but gosh golly gee I enjoyed every bite.
Pulled pork is not hard to make at home. It's not uncommon for people passionate about BBQ to make their own sauce, layering ketchup with brown sugar, vinegar and plenty of spice - there is a myriad of recipes online. My favourite sauce for pulled pork, though, is a regional variation from North Carolina that's just apple cider vinegar, chilli flakes and black pepper. With the rich meat and luscious, mayo-slicked slaw, it's a taste sensation.
Philly cheesesteak, $8
I have had a Philly cheesesteak - once. I ate it in Philadelphia, and it was a gut-wrangling combo of sliced steak and craploads of melted orange cheese on a long white roll. This cheesesteak didn't resemble that hometown version, and I have to say it was a huge improvement. Tender, hot sliced steak, richly flavoured, with just a little melted cheese was delicious.
Brisket, $8 plus chips
Kenny was less enamoured
Large chips, $5.50
Loved these chunky steak fries so much we had to order another bowl. Perfectly crisp with seasoned salt.
Who would have thought this cafe in such a fly-over strip would yield such yumminess? Western Melbourne, until our councils let the food trucks in and until the food trucks deign to come here, you can get your 'Q fix at New York Minute.
Thank you Kenny of Consider the Sauce for the tip, and lovely to meet Nat Stockley of Urbanspoon!
New York Minute
491 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
Phone: 9043 1838
NB CASH ONLY
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