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The Spotted Pig
Posted by Kim and Rick on 10/21/2006
My wife and I were regulars at The Pig before they opened the upstairs. The almonds and olives were free at the bar, now you have to pay. The drinks are okay, I like the cask beer. The food has not been up to par since they opened the upstairs. The burger is okay, the gnudi, been there done that. My wife ordered the scallops, she got two for $32.00. This place was great, now overrun, and the food and service has suffered. Sorry Ken, but you guys are blowing it...
Posted by Mister H on 10/19/2006
I know that they've done this to insure a rapid turnover, but, really, when I go out to eat I prefer to sit on chairs with backs rather than uncomfortable stools. The burger is good, but the fries are way too salty. Overall, a good place to spot a celeb, but you can do that just as well by walking around the neighborhood.
Posted by Aiceegray on 10/03/2006
Have been wanting to try this place for a while, and finally took a friend out for dinner there . Overall, I understand why people like this place. In a city where many people don't have time to cook, but want a hearty, homey tasting meal in a relaxed atmosphere, Spotted Pig definitely hits the spot. However, for how simple the food is, the high price point seems a bit steep, especially since none of the dishes could be described as "perfect." Had the infamous gnudi---tasty overall and I loved the sage and brown butter sauce, but the sheep's milk ricotta inside was just a bit too tangy and gave the dish an overly acidic bite--also very heavy as a starter as it is basically butter on carbs and cheese. However, can see why people enjoy the dish with its rich pillowy texture. Wildbass was a bit dry and slightly underseasoned, but the delicious swiss chard and fennel side made up for it. In fact, the sides seemed to be the stars at Spotted Pig, also judging by the quail, which was unremarkable, but came with delicious potatoes. Despite these flaws though, I found the meal to be enjoyable overall. The servers were attentive, and I left feeling full and satisfied. In this case, perfection may be overrated--- It was a weeknight after work for me, and sometimes a person just wants to eat and it's good enough just to eat a warm meal in a laid back atmosphere at any price. Kinda like eating in a decent home chef's kitchen, you won't find culinary genius, but if you accept the imperfections and appreciate the overall execution of each dish, you will enjoy your meal here.
Posted by Michael S on 09/27/2006
Recent visits confirm the quality of this excellent pub has not suffered from fame. While I stay away at night: the crowds are just unbearable, visits in the West Village lazy afternoons make me feel at home, and that's what a pub's supposed to do. - I get tired of people writing about high prices here. Good food, properly done is hard to do, harder to find, and worth anything you have to pay for it, as long as the dining experience is good. To squawk about a mere fifteen bucks for what is arguably the best burger in town is silly.
Posted by grs on 09/04/2006
I like The Spotted Pig and I think that overall the food is quite good, particularly the hamburger with blue cheese and great shoestring potatoes, cooked with rosemary and sliced garlic. At $15, the hamburger is probably overpriced. The other dishes are obscenely overpriced. An example would be a small individual-sized vegetable fritatta for $15, served naked on a large white plate. Salads are probably twice the price that they deserve, but are quite good. Wine choices by the glass are good, and at the upper end of reasonable in price. The service is distracted, with more individual conversation among staff and less attention to detail. The restaurant certainly seems to be losing something, whether or not related to all of the publicity it receives.
Posted by AlJrNyc on 08/09/2006
How can you argue with someone who likes diner food-popcorn and snowcaps. The "pig" is great
Posted by Shane on 07/29/2006
Really, let's be honest. What does this place offer? It's cramped, the staff makes you feel like they're doing you a favor, the food is decent but not much more, and, well, it's just pure, pure scene. Why are you paying $40 per person for brunch at a pub? Perhaps you like the feeling that you will appear important, relevant, or on the road to celebrity. If you have other imperitives, goto a nice local diner and see a movie afterwards. You'll still have money left over for some popcorn and snowcaps.