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The Spotted Pig
Posted by West Villager on 05/25/2008
We have been living in the W. Village for a year now, and first went to this place last summer. The wait was long and little toad stools are strange for a 'grown-up' place, but the atmosphere was fun and the food was yummy. Since that time, however, we've noticed a considerable decrease in quality and increase in attitude. A few months ago, we went for brunch - encountered the usual hour-plus wait, etc., We ordered dessert, which, despite being pre-made, took forever. Our waitress, meanwhile, was literally sitting at the table next to us chatting up a couple. She later explained the delay - a back-up in the kitchen... too bad for her we had long-since noticed our dessert just sitting at the bar for literally 15 minutes as she enjoyed her chat with the couple next to us. Today, we arrived for brunch and got a table - the city being empty for the Memorial Day holiday. My husband and mother-in-law each ordered the burger - medium. It arrived pretty much barely cooked on the inside. The group seated next to us each ordered burgers - 2 medium, 1 medium rare - all three arrived and were cooked identically. When the bill came, we were overcharged by a few dollars for coffee. When my husband inquired about the overcharge, we received two rather public lectures - one from our waitress, and a second, unsolicited lecture from what appeared to be the manager. Apparently, when you order coffee during brunch, you get "brunch coffee" - a "bottomless cup" for $5.00 - versus the regular coffee listed on the menu for $4.00. When we explained to the manager that we did not get any refills on our coffee, nor was the pot left on the table for us to refill ourselves, she told us that our waitress said we had received refills. Funny, I think we would remember having a second cup. The double lecture was a bit much. There are just too many great places to eat in Manhattan, particularly the W. Village. Sadly, we will not be returning to the 'pig anytime soon.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/20/2008
So overrated. The food is good, not great, and the wait for a table is awful. With so many other great restaurants, not only in the city, but even in this hood, this place isn't worth it. We asked a waiter for a menu and he told it they don't serve food till after 5pm (it was 4:45), we told him we knew that and would like to see a menu anyway and he just walked away and never came back. I heard Batali is involved with this place and was let down as all his other places are awesome and the service is always helpful and not pretentious. I guess you can't win 'em all. We also started a tab at the bar and the tender told us we had to close the tab out becuase he was ending his shift soon. Way to earn a tip buddy! I wont be back at this place. I went for the food, but it is obviously a spot for girls and tools that read about it in US Weekly and turn their head to see who is coming and going.
Posted by keky64 on 05/10/2008
Hands down one of the most disappointing burgers I have ever had! It had a gamey lamb taste, I took one bite and left the rest. Proscuitto fritter appetizers were also weird tasting, the prosciutto was also gamey from being hot. Gnudi were the only enjoyable dish although the butter sauce gets kind of congealed after sitting a few minutes. Fifteen dollars for a bowl of pea soup is a little much, no? Service was fine, pleasant and without attitude.
Posted by kimberlee paige hanson on 04/30/2008
as always the skirt steak salad and tasty cold beer were amazing...but the highlight of the evening was our wait on the third floor surrounded by beautiful people and listening to an eclectic collection of music....never a dull moment!
Posted by ccob on 02/25/2008
With all the really good restaurants in NYC it amazes me that restaurants like the Spotted Pig are perennially packed. Why? The first time I tried going there was a few years ago when it first opened and my party was told that there was a 2.5 hr wait. I finally returned a couple of weeks ago and while it was VERY crowded my friend and I were given a table right away. Tables are ON TOP OF EACH OTHER and I barely had space to move (and I’m only 100 lbs.!). I paid $17 for a very mediocre burger that was clearly not high quality meat. I should also note that we were given a table where I had to sit on a stool. $17 for a burger and then to sit uncomfortably while I eat? Please! Do yourself a favor and skip this place. If you’re into a scene with average food at best – then this is your place. On a good note - I will mention that our waiter was quite nice.
Posted by jessica on 02/05/2008
I was very excited to get to the Spotted Pig- I went for brunch on my birthday. We went around noon and only had to wait about 10 minutes to sit down. However, once we sat, it took an hour to get our food and the service was terrible. They are very inflexible and don't have too big of a menu. We felt like everyone around us was getting served and it took forever for us just to get coffee. I got a salad, which was small and just OK. The fries were good and my friends enjoyed their dishes, but no one though it was worth the high prices. I would maybe come back because I've heard good things from others...but I would go reluctantly.
Posted by Patrik on 01/26/2008
Talk about believing the hype! This place must've read the Michelin guide and believed it's own review! Unfortunately for me, I've dined here now on 3 occasions and been disappointed each time. I couldn't agree less with the star and have to seriously question the legitimacy of the recommendation. Food is ho-hum including the special they are known for - the bleu burger. The service is subpar, the somewhat snarky comments from waiters and hosts are hard to ignore. Similar to Waverly Inn in that it's supposed to be exclusive and thus ends up just being pretentiously irrelevant. In a neighborhood with as many choices for a good meal as the West Village Spotted Pig really doesn't hold up.