Since it opened in 2004, there has rarely if ever been an empty seat in The Spotted Pig. Why is that? People come to this West Village British-ish gastropub in equal parts for the incredible roquefort-topped burger and the always-lively atmosphere. And then they stay for the ricotta gnudi and the bacon-wrapped prunes known as devils on horseback. The Spotted Pig doesn’t take reservations, which adds to the always-busy feeling. You can view this as irritating, or you can take the glass-half-full approach on a night you don’t have any plans and wait it out patiently. That part is up to you, but getting the burger and gnudi are non-negotiable.
Always how you kick off a meal here. Their eggs are excellent.
One of our (and everyone else’s) favorites. These bacon wrapped prunes come out of the kitchen piping hot and filled with mango chutney.
Even if rillettes - a pâté-like cold meat spread - aren’t your thing, we suggest you give them a test drive here at The Spotted Pig. These pork rillettes are absolutely delicious, and not quite as fatty as some of the other examples you might have had.
When you dine at The Pig, you get the gnudi. These are like really big gnocchi - massive, soft, delicious pasta dumplings filled with ricotta. No brainer.
A simple dish that’s insanely flavorful. The pea smash is delicious, complimented nicely by the sausage slices, and the chili adds some fire.
This right here is one of the most famous burgers in the world. This burger was $17 when we wrote our first review in 2009, and today it’s $26. If you can stomach that, this is an essential NYC burger that any burger enthusiast needs to have tried. Topped with a heavy dose of intense roquefort cheese and accompanied by some awesome shoestring fries, this is about as satisfying as it gets.
If you don’t eat meat, then the skate is always a good fish option. The menu changes daily and new dishes appear, but the skate is generally around and is always a dish we enjoy.