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314 W. 11th St., New York, NY, 10014
at Greenwich St.
By connect on 5/22/2008
The first time I tried to eat at The Spotted Pig, the wait was so long that I ended up leaving to get fish and chips at A Salt & Battery. Fortunately, the next visit I decided to wait it out. My girlfriend and I shared Devils on Horseback, the Gnudi, and a burger. The Devils on Horseback (prune and pear wrapped in bacon) were DELICIOUS. The Gnudi were light and tasty, and the burger was one of the best I've had in New York so far. I am definitely going back, even if I have to wait an hour to get in!
April and crew
By davidzen1 on 5/16/2008
I can't wait for the new place John Dory. The food at spotted pig is done well and the staff are super friendly. She even autographed my menu. I know it's a bit cheesy but this was like 3 years ago........ wait it's still cheesy huh?
Best burger. Ever.
By mmqmagoo on 2/15/2008
Yes, it was loud, yes it was crowded, and yes, it took an hour to get a table. But the place has great atmosphere, attentive (if a bit surly) service, and really the best burger and fries I've ever had. At $17, it's probably the priciest burger I've ever had, but so delicious I didn't mind. Our meal was nicely offset by an inexpensive French red that turned out to be fantastic. Great place to grab drinks - and don't miss the burger!
yummy but long wait
By bengoshi on 1/16/2008
I came here for a late lunch-early dinner. The food was really delicious. I came with 3 others and sampled the prosciutto tart, steak, gnudi, a lentil and arugula salad, and the haddock chowder. My favorite was the prosciutto tart and the salad! The steak was mediocre. I had bitter buckwheat porter beer with my meal. We waited an hour and twenty minutes to be seated, but when we were, the waiter was understanding and service was fast. Overall I was satisfied. The food was great. If they accept reservations, you should definitely make one because the wait here can be long and waiters zip back and forth with food in front of you (there is nowhere reasonable to wait except between the table and bars). This place,second to Silent h, are my top two favorite restaurants in NYC.
Nice decor but disappointing food
By girardasse on 12/11/2007
Since it doesnt take reservation, you may have to wait up to one hour to get a table, thats the rule of this popular place. The decor is very nice but for the rest, it was not really worth the long wait. The food was OK but certainly not up to a "one-star" standard. The mozarella was not tasty and the calfs liver was average. The peas puree was interesting but the shoestring fries were so salty (a recurring issue in the US) that I couldnt finish them. The creme catalan was good. Maybe it was an off-night but I found the food not impressive...
The Spotted Pig
By Maggielake on 10/26/2007
I came in to NY for a weekend of fun, and my daughter, who lives there, took us to The Spotted Pig. I had the best hamburger with blue cheese dressing I've ever had! Loved the whole thing!
By meggo_nyc on 10/26/2007
I love the atmosphere, non pretentious and wonderful food. Get the burger - it's amazing.
Cute decor but poser crowd and horrible, overrated food
By Toughcrowd on 4/12/2007
The long wait was anticipated, the sub-standard food was not. I've been to the Spotted Pig twice before for drinks and liked it. The West Village atmosphere was connival and the crowd, cool and laid-back. I guess it was not third time lucky. The shoestring fries were overly salty, there was no butter (eventually, we got some but it looked and tasted like it had been left out of the fridge for several hours), the devil's horseback (what the freak, can one actually call this food?!) and the duck eggs were, to sum it up, "awful". And the "piÃ¨ce de rÃ©sistance"? Sour espressos, a sure sign of burnt coffee, with no hint of remorse from the restaurant. It's sad that people leave the restaurant thinking that this is all that "English" gastropub food has to offer. Go back again? Not before the kitchen gets its head out of the clouds and its act together. I think it's time the Michelin crowd rethink its award of one star.
Despite what you've heard, bad, bad food.
By nona on 2/23/2007
I had heard and read so much about The Spotted Pig that I was really looking forward to eating here. The two of us happily waited an hour and a half for a table. When the food arrived, it was terrible. I took a risk and ordered the pig's ear which was so deep fried that it tasted only like deep fried. We also ordered the cockles, which tasted bitter and awful. We were embarrassed that we didn't like the food. We didn't say anything and ordered fries, which we figured could only be good. When they came out, they were so salty that they were inedible. I don't know if we were there on an off night, but the food was truly bad. The service was lovely but not worth the wait and the money.
rich food, small portions
By deborah on 11/10/2006
I've been curious about the Spotted Pig for some time and had a chance to stop by for lunch. The menu was small but had some nicely rich items. My friend and I ordered the chicken liver crostini for an appetizer and it was rich and delicious, drizzled with olive oil. Perfectly unctuous, and perfectly cut by the glasses of sauvignon blanc and reisling we were having. He ordered the marinated fig salad and I had the razor clam stew with crackers. The portions were extremely small, but very rich. My only issue was that there were no razor clams in sight and the featured shellfish were actually cockles. I didn't mind, but I would have liked to have known there was going to be a substitution. For dessert, we had 2 cheeses which again, were of extremely small portion size for $10. We could have had a 1/2 pound or more of the served cheeses for the same price. OK, so people watching was good. Pretty West Village types: models, media types, and well, us. :)
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