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The Spotted Pig
Posted by Mia on 11/09/2011
I have heard endless things about Spotted Pig & how wonderful the food is & how everyone has to go and try it. From my experience, I am now to believe they just must have hired a super PR agent/firm and paid for their much desired and sought after michelin star (how this was achieved, I will never know). First off, my friends and I decided to have a lunch there, we were a party of 8. We tried to call for a reservation but, as expected with places like these, only a recording came on and told us, no we do not take reservations, it is a first come basis. Ok, no problem, we got there at 12:00pm for our lunch, we were told that they do not seat parties over 6 (how about including that on your recording) as a rule of the establishment. That would not be the last rule we would hear. They let us know that this would be an exception & they would seat us as soon as our whole party was there. We explained that we were having a friend who would be late and was going to join us even if we had already ordered. They told us RULE # 2. The chefs insist that the whole order for a table goes in at once and that they will absolutely not make any exceptions to this, but the "charming" hostess told us she would see if they would break this rule for us. At this point, we are still waiting to be seated in a place that only 1 person was sitting (in an area that could have easily seated out entire party comfortably, but...). When she finally seated us, she took us upstairs & sat us near the exit door and the waiter bar, charming is not the word I would use for our table experience. Downstairs there was not only 1 but 2 places that would have been far and above much more apt to seat our party, but they made it perfectly clear this was an inconvenience to the establishment as our party was too big. When we voiced our concerned to the hostess and wait staff we were told this was the best they can do and that really we were getting this big favor that we were not separated from each other. On top of all that, our wait staff, though totally adorable... well thats where their talent and charm ended. They did what they had to do, given they were guaranteed a 20% tip no matter how they served us. Everything we asked for was met with a sigh and a "guess I can do that for you attitude". If you want great service or to be treated like you matter, I do not suggest you come to this establishment. On to the food... All in all, I can't say it was bad, but at this point. who cares?
Posted by Anonymous on 04/29/2011
I have no idea why this place is packed. The reviews stating that the food is over salted are all so so correct. I felt like I needed to chug water upon leaving just to balance myself. Every single dish we tasted, from appetizers to entrees to sides, were packed with salt. You have to question the quality of the food and the skill of the chef when this is the case. I had the burger, ordered it medium and it arrived somewhere between rare to medium rare. It was basically uncooked ground beef that barely even kept the form of a burger. Service was lacking. We were told the wait was an hour and 45 minutes. We agreed to the wait and had a drink elsewhere. They phoned us to let us know that the table was ready and upon returning, waited another 20min. Definitely would not return.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/23/2011
My absolute favorite restaurant in nyc
Posted by Go elsewhere on 11/07/2010
Honestly, dont understand how the place is still packed to the brim. Was just there for a birthday dinner and ordered the entree braised octopus and was one the most underwhelming NY dining experiences. Was delicious as a starter portion, but for $28 It was very unfulfilling. Go with the less expensive and more satisfying hamburger. It may be $17 which is high for ground meat. Nothing special left - the Breslin is where they're more focused on menu and table.
Posted by Cody on 09/13/2010
Well we went to the Spotted Pig after walking by numerous times in the past and noticed it was busy. We had no wait as it was only the two of us. OK so we only were there for brunch but as far as "atmosphere", have these patrons ever eaten in an establishment with real atmosphere and service? I doubt it. Its your typical trendy NYC tourist trap hang-out with great public realations behind it, ie Mario B, doessnt hurt being a part-owner. Regardless, we asked for no cheese on the Cuban, they said it couldnt be done? (Last I heard this is not Le Bernardin or Daniel - too hard to do what a customer desires... its really just an upscale and overpriced diner) We stayed because we were hungry, thats about it otherwise we would have bolted... The burger was too salty, fries were not the best in NY and I asked for it medium it came to me med/rare. Since we waited forever for the food I didnt want to wait another 30 min for the re-fire. In short we wont be going back. I'm a native NYer and it never ceases to amaze me how we always fall for the hype of many restaurants here.
Posted by Angie on 09/09/2010
Food was good, but not outstanding. On the other hand, the service was absolutely poor. Spacey and unattentive waiter. Our food was cold when it was put on the table and the only time he ever checked on us after taking our order was when he put down the check. Hadn't been there for some time and I won't be back any time soon.
Posted by Dave C on 06/21/2010
I originally went to this pub for the OSH - then fell in love with the place - love the Grilled Cheese sandwich. April - never drop the Hen PLEASE