Friday, November 02, 2007


Monday – Gastro-pub: The Spotted Pig. In the West Village, The Spotted Pig is the first gastro-pub in New York. The chef is English expat, April Bloomfield who worked at the renowned River Café in London. Her cooking focuses on seasonal British and Italian, using local ingredients when possible; simple straightforward food. There is a hundred-bottle wine list, as well as, a large selection of beers and naturally, Irish stout. The Pig has maintained its Michelin star for the past three years and has won the 2007 New York Award for Best Comfort Food. Besides the hamburgers, The Pig is known for its Sheep’s Ricotta Gnudi with Brown Butter and Sage. I would rate the food as good and the atmosphere pleasant at lunchtime, though I believe it gets very crowded and noisy in the evenings.
Contessanally tip
Go for a weekday lunch, or be prepared to wait, even up two hours at night, as you cannot book a table.

Detail. The Chargrilled Burgers get the best reviews for their simplicity and the Roquefort cheese melts in your mouth. I thought the Shoestring Fries excellent.

Detail. The Spotted Pig is famous for its Mashed Potatoes maybe because they are so rich in butter and cream.

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