4/19/2013 12:26:00 PM

Best Thing We Ate This Week: Korean Short Rib "Bacon" at 10 Arts

Nathan Volz did has created something amazing, and he doesn’t even know it. The chef just introduced a new snack at 10 Arts, a trio of jerky to be served at the bar only. All three types are good, but the short rib is hardly jerky-like. It’s nearly identical to bacon, in all the best ways.

Korean BBQ marinade infuses the beef and then crystallizes on the outside of the strips, which break easily with a slight crunch and then proceed to melt as you chew. There’s no jaw-tiring effort required to unlock the deep, meaty, umami flavor. Once you start eating the “short rib bacon” (we’re starting a hard-charging campaign to call it that), you won’t be able to stop.

The beef is flanked by two perfectly respectable jerkys - mojo pork is steeped with garlic, onion cumin, jalapeno, orange juice and lime, and salmon is enhanced with ginger, yuzu, seaweed and sesame - but the short rib is the real star, and reason enough to visit the Ritz-Carlton lounge sometime very soon ($13; 215-523-8273).

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