The Spotted Pig
New York City-Lower West Manhattan
May 11, 2018
Bono is said to be an investor in The Spotted Pig, New York’s first authentic English style gastro-pub, but chef April Bloomfield, formerly of London’s River Café, ensures this cosy wood-floor tavern in the West Village is packed anyway. The menu favours smoked, cured and generally rich and salty flavours with an emphasis on snacking dishes such as marinated olives and roasted almonds. For something more substantial, try the slow-braised beef shin on polenta or the char-grilled calf’s liver. Ingredients are seasonal British and Italian, and sourced locally wherever possible, and there’s plenty of veggie options too. The bar does excellent ales on tap, there’s a plethora of wines, and their margaritas will knock the head off the most stout-hearted drinker. Get yourself safely ensconced on a low stool at one of the little corner tables and soak up the old world atmosphere as your eye wanders over the plethora of prints and other bric a brac much of it porcine themed of course that crowd the walls and ledges. Or simply watch street life going past through the large windows. But be warned: even though it expanded a few years ago the place is still so popular you’ll not have room to swing a Cosmopolitan. It’s walk-ins only, so lunchtime’s your best bet if you want a seat pronto between 7 and 10pm you could be waiting for a couple of hours. You may be able to grab a spot at the bar or one of the columns, but if you do find it too crowded there’s always the down-home White Horse Tavern pub nearby.