Over the course of the last decade, The Spotted Pig has been one of the most important and influential restaurants in the world. The whole gastropub as a legitimate restaurant thing? Yup, they started it. The whole hot spot restaurant not taking reservations thing? Yup, they started that, too. And of course, the whole female chef as total badass thing? The Spotted Pig’s April Bloomfield certainly helped pave the way for others in that department.
As we go back and update some of our early reviews, The Spotted Pig was an obvious one for an update. Not only has The Pig stayed the course since our 2009 write up, it’s actually gotten even better. It’s that movie you’re always excited to watch when it’s on TV, and that song that you f*cking love, regardless of how many times you’ve heard it.
It’s a question we get asked a lot: “If we have one night in NYC, where should we go?” If you’re down to mix it up, throw a couple down, and see where the night takes you, then the answer is always The Spotted Pig. No restaurant embodies the spirit of Gotham City quite like The Pig. This place is always bumping and filled with good vibes. People are hanging, drinking, and mingling, en route to eventually eating a delicious meal in tight quarters. The room, which is housed in a 178-year-old building, is special, the crowd is awesome, and the food, especially the famous burger, is very good.
Single? The Spotted Pig is one of the best restaurants to meet a potential special someone, as it’s always loaded with wide eyed talent from both teams. Put away your phone, there’s no need for a geo-location fornication app here. Let’s see you try and do this the old fashioned way.
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.
It’s been on the menu forever, and it never comes off. At $35, this is absolutely an expensive skirt steak. But it’s also delicious. If we aren’t getting the burger, then we’re getting the steak. Or whatever pork part is on special.
Ladies and gentlemen, 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.