Mon-Fri, noon-2am; Sat-Sun, 11am-2am
1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.; L at Eighth Ave.; A, C, E at 14th St.
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With some help from close friend and consigliere Mario Batali, a chef recommended by Jamie Oliver, and a cadre of high-profile music-business investors, A&R executive Ken Friedman opened The Spotted Pig in the 100-seat West Village premises formerly occupied by Le Zoo. But don’t call it a restaurant: The Pig, despite an Italian-accented menu crafted by English expat April Bloomfield, late of London’s esteemed River Cafe and fresh on the heels of a stint last summer at Chez Panisse, belongs to that British subgenre called the "gastro-pub," a bar serving simple, straightforward food. Bloomfield’s interpretation transcends the steak-and-kidney-pie norm with crispy pork belly in broth with vegetables & fried squash blossom, or radish salad with basil and parmesan. Friedman, a Los Angeles native who says he’s enthralled by atmospheric New York taverns, justifies the "pub" part of the equation with a 100-bottle wine list, two cask-conditioned beers, and the compulsory Irish stout—an offering, no doubt, for bands that prefer to drink their dinner.Recommended Dishes
Gnudi, $18; hamburger, $21