6 at 28th St.
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With its low ceilings and low-key vibe, this cozy next-door add-on to Resto could be located in another borough (namely, the one that starts with a B). Indoor seating is confined to metal stools at two wooden counters (one of which functions as a butcher shop by day) and one four-top table, making groups hard—too bad, since the selection of meat-centric small plates is ideal for sharing. Thankfully, the heated patio offers an additional 40 seats. Cold and cured items line one side of the butcher-paper menu, including heaping piles of ham (the Benton's Smoky lives up to its name so much it recalls an expensive Scotch), smaller portions of cured sausages, and whole fresh sausages, including a too-mushy though nicely spiced boudin noir. The real delights lie on the menu's back side, with plates like the fat-drenched and irresistible whipped lardo toast. The menu's highlight, funnily enough, is the unassuming-sounding Cannibal dog, topped with beef-heart ragu, raw onions, and mustard. The sauce is less overwhelming than typical chili, and the dogs themselves are so lusciously juicy you'll be tempted to order more for dessert. Beer fans should take note of the sprawling list of European and domestic suds, available by draft or by the bottle—to go or to stay.Recommended Dishes
Whipped lardo toast, $6; Cannibal dogs, $14