The Breslin Bar and Dining Room

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79 Solid

After the Spotted Pig debacle, April Bloomfield’s particular brand of elegant gastropub fare lives on at this Nomad institution.

20 W. 29th St., New York, NY, 10001

212-679-1939

http://thebreslin.com

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If you want to glimpse how the obsessions of the old-school food world shifted during the early aughts, from four-star soufflés to a more elemental brand of first-class cooking, April Bloomfield’s Nomad gastropub is still one of the premier places in town to do it. The lamb burger is a thing of beauty, and so is the intensely flavored, intensely British beef-and-Stilton pie. The real specialties of the house, however, are the Bunyanesque pig dishes, like the milk-braised pork, pork-fried pancetta toast, and whole roasted suckling pig, which requires a special order, and which you can complement, if you’re still standing upright, with a whole array of enticing British-style puddings and tarts.

Adam Platt

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