Proving that you aren't the only person who can ride housing sausages and chugging beer to a college degree, Kupersmith was designed by a squad of SVA students who, as part of a class assignment, created a design firm, and subsequently convinced the chef-owner at Clerkenwell to let them overhaul the place, turning it into an ale-addled cased-meat kingdom loaded with copious b&w photos and chalkboard walls for a "butcher-meets-beer" vibe (frankly NOT a good idea for actual butchers).
To execute their concept, the chef hunkered down on the next-level links menu, bringing in the goods from LaFrieda, Schaller & Weber, and Esposito, but soon he hopes to make 'em in-house, something he's been wanting to do since he was 16 and surrounded by "amazing farms, as well as wild game", though who knew Slamball was huge in farm country?
Sided by condiments ranging from three-cheese sauce, to spicy currywurst, to bloody mary ketchup, current casings include an Asian-inflected pork shoulder joint laced w/ soy, garlic, rice vinegar & sesame, pork and veal brats, and a beef number with a hint of ground lamb, any two of which can be rocked with Yorkshire pudding and gravy to create a Toad in the Hole, also where Mario stuffs him whenever he steals his sausages. Italians love sausages!
There'll also be an emphasis on pairings, denoted by hanging-side-by-side chalkboard panels sporting the names of links and suds like Empire Brewing IPA, Captain Lawrence Brown Bird Ale, and New Zealand's Steinlager Pure, something your date won't be once you find a place to house your sausage. Collllleeeeggggge!!!