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314 W. 11th St., New York, NY, 10014
at Greenwich St.
The Pig Pours a Perfect Pint!
By pauljd on 4/3/2004
The Pig is a great local pub that is equally perfect for a post-work beer or a leisurely Sunday evening pint. The food is always incredibly good. The staff is fabulous, friendly and low-key - if only the same could be said for all of the customers!
Let them get settled before you go
By nick_nyc on 4/4/2004
We tried for an early Saturday dinner, and it was a disaster. They don't accept reservations for parties under 6, which means you need to get there early, and it will be VERY crowded. We managed to get a seat at the bar and ordered some wine (very nice, creative list), and got our appetiser, which was excellent (April Bloomfield is a promising talent). However, the service was horribly slow. More than 20 minutes after our appetisers were cleared, we inquired about our entrees, and were told at least 10 more minutes. We had tickets for a performance and had to leave. Unfortunately we were scolded by our server, and later the proprietor, for not letting them know we were in a rush (we had 1 hr 30 mins from when we sat down to when we needed to leave, and we ordered quickly, so this should not have needed to be a rush order!). The proprietor chose to yell at us on the street corner outside of the restaurant, suggesting that he, and the restaurant, need to mature a bit before the potential is realized.
Hot Sunday night, hot little pigs
By lifetimeaffairwithfo on 4/12/2004
Have been meaning to try this place for 5 months ever since last year. Enough reviews about this place. Financial Times, NY Observers, NY Times blah, blah, blah. Well, the food is good, that sustain my test. And oh my god, it is a hot scene here on Sunday night! And if you are happen to be a pig lover, you will love the cute deco.
Slow from the beginning
By Nedra on 5/20/2004
I was the first of a party of 4 to arrive. The hostess stood outside the restaurant and did not greet me (I had to ask the bar tender who does the seating). She said she couldn't seat me until my party was here so I had a drink at the bar. After 10 minutes she seated another person that just walked in on the last empty table for four BEFORE her party was there - and told me and my friends that had arrived that it would take another 30-40 minutes to seat us. The other person was still alone at her table. When I pointed that out to the hostess, she did not appologize, she just said, well, yes, you were here before her! It can't be more unprofessional. Neither of us will go back to try the food.
typical village restaurant
By HarrisWelger on 6/15/2004
cramped seating,stools for chairs good for the young and hip.
Rude Service, Average Food
By Dkeisman on 9/7/2004
My experience mirrors that of the other reviewers, a rude manager/hostess, indifferent service and food that was not worth having to endure the service. All of the public relations and celebrity investors aren't going to help if the chef-owner doesn't create an environment that will make people want to return.
By memnova on 9/25/2004
Let me just say that the fries here are the best in New York. Period. I will personally lobby for them to win that category whenever NY Metro does the next "best of..." issue. The fries are thin, crispy, and perfectly spiced. You can get them on the side, or better yet, order the hamburger topped simply with delicious gruyere. This is the dish to order when going to the Spotted Pig, which has become one of my favorite fun restaurants in New York. The spotted pig hanging outside should let you know that! I have never had to wait too long. I also like the relaxed atmosphere--jeans will do just fine. The only thing that annoys me is the no-reservation policy for groups under six. If you don't mind waiting at the bar, which has a nice selection of wines by the glass, then you'll be fine. But then again it's also open until 2 am, which makes late-night munchies (those fries...) easily accessible.
By bigrog on 10/15/2004
I was lucky enough to go to the spotted pig on a monday night whilst on my first ever trip to NY!I live in London and own a small pub called the Cats Back. I have run it for over ten years. Over this time I have seen the disappearance of the once cherished traditional boozer only to be replaced by chains of faceless places run by employees,no community spirit, no guv'nor as we might say. Character that can be purchased and fitted out in a day...All of a sudden i,m in a pub in New York the guv'nor spinning about in the middle doing his best to keep everyone entertained, good beer, lovely looking food(though I didn't eat),nice and busy,pretty girls and an atmosphere I would be more than happy to have back home. It's a tricky business, I know, and I thought this was a first class job and I will definitely be going back there. By the way, I loved New York, Thankyou all
the beauty of nyc
By romolo on 12/23/2004
I love arriving to NYC and realizing the beauty of nightlife here. What the Spotted Pig accomplishes from location to wine and food is pub-grub at its finest. What a glorious treat! A rare breed in bridging bar and restaurant compatible lifestyles. I can't wait to return. I had a magical experience. Thanks Joe!
Don't bother eating here
By aga707 on 3/3/2005
On a recent mid-week visit, a few friends and I experienced the worst meal in years. The service is unpleasant, the wait was almost 2 hours, and the food was horrible. Appetizers are okay (nothing to write home about) but the entrees are terrible. The steak was very salty and full of fat. The Spotted Pig is definitely not worth the wait!
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