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314 W. 11th St., New York, NY, 10014
at Greenwich St.
Dont expect to much
By jaxchef on 9/13/2012
On a lazy Sunday afternoon we looked forward to good comfort food, we got everything but that! The service was shocking and the staff unprofessional. Fooling around and making jokes with each other. I had to get up from my table three times, get the waiter to place an order, ask for ketchup with my fries and 40min later to get the check. He did not ask if we want more drinks, ask how the food was or just to check if everything is in order. The burger patty was tasteless, undercooked and the blue cheese completely overpowering. Did not even bother with dessert, couldn't wait to get out of there to have a nice coffee and dessert somewhere else.
Excellent, but No Coddling for the Spoiled.
By haldan on 7/17/2011
Some of the reviewers here should probably look up what a gastropub is. The spotted pig serves absolutely delicious food, albeit with a lean towards casual dining. It is most certainly does not operate as a "fancy restaurant". Unfortunately, many of its customers come in with a false sense of entitlement, expecting special treatment. The staff is smart, funny, and well informed. They will not however, bow to the arrogance of many New York diners - and why should they? The food here is rustic and hearty- not precious in the least. The decor is cozy and warm, there isn't an inch of free space anywhere on the walls. This is a place you should come to feel relaxed and have good time. Also, one reviewer seemed to be misinformed about the burger policy - while they will NOT give you lettuce, tomato or mayo - they are happy to give you bottles of mustard and ketchup to enjoy with their shoestring fries. The rosemary is not "thrown in" as the reviewer put it, but rather it's lightly fried itself, making it melt right into the mountain of fries. A burger with Roquefort cheese may not be for everyone, but no one is forcing you to order it! While The Spotted Pig may be missing some of the hoity toidy attitude some spoiled NYC diners expect to find there, there is no shortage of that magic ingredient another reviewer said was missing. But it's true, the Spotted Pig has no love for a-hole customers who expect to be coddled like children.
$9 Guinness + $17 Burgers + Arrogant Servers = Fail
By householdname on 5/20/2011
Past its prime gastro-pub with arrogance running from the kitchen down to the bus boys. Q: "Can I get lettuce, tomato, onion and ketchup with my burger?" A: "No. The chef serves it this way." Hmmm...British chef defining how best to cook the American burger. Oily pyramid of fries and an overpowering slab of cheese. The missing ingredient: Love. For service with a smile try Highlands, or Mary Queen of Scots. Oh, and if I can't persuade you to skip the Pig, remember to take your own ketchup!
One Michelin Star???
By Veggieman on 11/22/2010
I have eaten at many of the finest restaurants in the world, including a number with 1 Michelin Star. I'm not sure if Michelin relaxes the criteria in the US, but The Spotted Pig does not even come close to deserving a star. The food was mediocre and presented in a very ordinary (possibly crude) fashion. My braised octopus was overcooked and sat in an aioli that seemed to be from a can. The dish had no particular flavor profile and the sauce ruined any chance of enjoying it. For $28 USD, I received a small appetizer portion, making this dish grossly overpriced in addition to being poorly prepared. The chowder was so salty, it was nearly impossible to identify and enjoy the ingredients that went into it. It was piping hot, so I'll give them at least that. They serve a heaping plate of shoestring fries and attempt to make them seem unique by throwing some rosemary on them. They tasted ok, but again, nothing out of the ordinary. I know it's a pub, but come on, teach the wait staff to have just a little class. I ordered a bottle wine, the waiter poured a little in my glass, and before I had the glass to my nose, he hurriedly said "you like it?". I tasted it, gave the thumbs-up and he proceeded to pour too much in each glass while dripping wine on the table as he went from glass to glass. Basically, the beer was good, the atmosphere was ok, but the food disappointed without exception. I will not return and would not recommend this place to anyone.
By scottpsolomon on 7/18/2010
The food in this place is absolutely disgusting. Guide Michelin must be smoking crack to give this place a star.
By evillage2 on 7/1/2010
I've only ever had a problem once here out of I don't know...30. They didn't cook my fish properly, which sucks cuz that was a wasted piece of fish! WTF? Anyway, April Bloomfield is the best. I've never met her, but have eaten at all her places. But the Pig still has me coming. Its somewhat pricey, those salads oh how I wish they would go down at least $2. But all her salads are fantastic, its called the Pig but the salads are good: radish, carrot, or apple cheddar. And however I ask for the burger to be cooked its spot on. I loved their gazpacho during the summer, and lentil salad in winter. When they cook rabbit or quail get it! The desserts are simple and rather small but definitely satisfying after all that food. Maybe I wish they had more offal. I gather that they would be extremely good at that being an English place.
By JMR on 6/19/2010
I went here the other day, but if I wanted to be condescended to by a hipster waitstaff (for the most part--our server was nice, but everyone else was a bit surly), I could just go to Prime Meats in my own neighborhood. The fries are delicious, but I just feel like I expected more after all the hype.
GREAT food, poor service, only on one instance...
By nycdyner on 6/6/2010
I am so sorry to have to write a review at all, because the food is SO amazing and the chef is so phenomenal. It was my second time dining at the spotted pig and I expected the same knowledgeable server, awesome experience and great food as I had the first time, but it was not the case. I brought another friend with me this time,not only have her and my guest have their entrees... and me.... left with nothing... and I totally understand that this was primarily the servers fault. I watched my friends finish their dishes as I sat there hungry. I stopped a server on the floor to let them know that it was too late to bring me my entree (due to the fact that all the guests that i was with were finished) they still brought me "my" entree. When I told them it was too late, they simply brought it to another table right next to me. I just feel like the FOH not only disrespected me, they also broke a health code violation... right in front of my face. even though I had a poor experience this time, I still love this place for its food (deviled eggs especially) but me personally, I might try out the Breslin nest time.... sorry April, still love your food@
reading over these reviews its amazing to me...
By mistermcgoo on 3/14/2010
how anytime a restaurant gets a lot of positive buzz the petty a$$holes are falling all over themselves to slam it and take it down a peg to make themselves feel superior. The only possible reason one would not enjoy this spot is because a)you don't appreciate good food or b)you are retarded. For those complaining about the tight quarters and long waits you have 2 choices, either wise up and don't go at peak hour on a SAT night or simply stay in NJ or whatever other pathetic place you live and enjoy whatever slop they serve up with all that extra elbow and gut room to accomodate you. True New Yorkers don't mind waiting for a good thing and the Spotted Pig has a great many good things; recommended are the smoked haddock chowder, the pork belly, the gnudi and the burger
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By DMANBURGER on 3/1/2010
I found myself shovelling the burger and these fries into my mouth as onlookers watched in amazement. I could have eaten everyone else’s plate in the place ! I was like some hunger crazed animal let loose in a cage of harmless and defenseless prey, gorging till there was no tomorrow. But sadly after a few minutes, my Spotted Pig experience was but a memory. In case you haven’t realized by this story, this portion of my quest at the Spotted Pig was pretty much perfect ! The staff were pleasant and professional, the atmosphere was fun and lively and most of all the burger was in a word “AMAZING” . At $17 it’s on the high-priced side for a burger, but personally I thought it was worth every penny.www.dmanburger.com
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