The Spotted Pig

★★★☆☆
  • 314 W 11th St 1

    New York, NY 10014

    Cross street: at Greenwich St.

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  • 212-620-0393

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Mario Batali's recent comment comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin are downright disgusting and irresponsible (reference at bottom of review). While there are many views on bankers during these challenging times, his references to such

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Mario Batali's recent comment comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin are downright disgusting and irresponsible (reference at bottom of review). While there are many views on bankers during these challenging times, his references to such

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I can't believe Batali is comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin. Agree with the previous post that it is completely insensitive. Why can't he just stick to making food? I can only assume that if he is busy attending conferences and

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★☆☆☆☆

I can't believe Batali is comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin. Agree with the previous post that it is completely insensitive. Why can't he just stick to making food? I can only assume that if he is busy attending conferences and

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The Pig is well know for its piggish staff. Just count how many times they shove you out their way.

Once when I complained to the hostess this was no way to treat regulars she said, "Well you keep coming back don't you?" Classic. Which

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★☆☆☆☆

The Pig is well know for its piggish staff. Just count how many times they shove you out their way.

Once when I complained to the hostess this was no way to treat regulars she said, "Well you keep coming back don't you?" Classic. Which

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I ordered a whiskey on the rocks. This arrogant restaurant charged me $2 for the "rock glass" the liquor was delivered in!

No meal is worth this.

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★☆☆☆☆

I ordered a whiskey on the rocks. This arrogant restaurant charged me $2 for the "rock glass" the liquor was delivered in!

No meal is worth this.

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My best friend and I went to the spotted pig for lunch on the 13th December. It was recommend by one of my coworker who is from New York. I had also read negative reviews on the staff and was ready for it but nothing happened. The staff

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★★★★★

My best friend and I went to the spotted pig for lunch on the 13th December. It was recommend by one of my coworker who is from New York. I had also read negative reviews on the staff and was ready for it but nothing happened. The staff

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I don't understand all the negativity about the service. Maybe it's because I sat at the upstairs bar for lunch each of the two times I went, but the people serving me were very friendly and accomodating. I understand this place gets

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★★★★☆

I don't understand all the negativity about the service. Maybe it's because I sat at the upstairs bar for lunch each of the two times I went, but the people serving me were very friendly and accomodating. I understand this place gets

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The famous Spotted Pig was the scene for my most recent burger gorge, the otherwise known Gastropub with famed pork servant April Bloomfield at the helm was a long-awaited treasure. I finally worked up the courage and patience to face the long sometimes 2 hour waits that were promised, only to be pleasantly surprised and whisked upstairs by a more than capable ??piglet? for a spot at the bar. I look around at the room and was in bewilderment by the amount of people devouring the juicy signature burger ! ??could it be that good?? ??could it be that popular? ? the answer to that will be revealed , for now I was taking in the sights of the trend setting fashionista??s and urban pop foodies dining and chatting in a decor that resembles someones Grandmothers house rather than a critically acclaimed eatery. With old-fashioned trinkets, pig ornaments and flea market type memorabilia, it made for a visually entertaining rest while I waited for my famous beef party on a bun. The Michelin star winning ??Pig?, as Ms. Bloomfield calls it, came about in 2004 after partnering with other culinary giants Ken Friedman and Mario Batali, whom she is also in cohorts together with many other restaurants, such as John Dory and newly famed Breslin.

The much written about burger that I was about to sample was everywhere on diners plates, seemingly calling me from every angle of the room with its perfectly grilled bun creamy Roquefort and tangles of rosemary strip fries. I grew impatient as I smelt the aroma??s of rosemary and beautifully pungent cheese waft through the air as yet another burger was served to a nearby customer. ? When was it my turn? ? I thought to myself. After some witty jovial conversation with the bartender, my wait was over?.this glorious beast of a burger was placed down on the bar in front of me, its pure beauty captivated me for a second as I decided which way I was going to bite into it, with condiment or without ? I opted for it as is, and my taste buds were swamped with an overwhelmingly satisfying flavor combination of superior beef quality and excellence in creamy Roquefort. My knowledgeable cheese source (MB) informed me that the much sought after Roquefort cheese featured on the Spotted Pig burger was in very near danger of being ousted by the triple increased tariff placed on luxury goods. Thankfully the Gods saved us all from such a travesty and future happy burger eaters can continue to savor this delightful creation as nature and Ms. Bloomfield intended.

I enjoyed every last morsel of my burger as I occasionally paused not wanting it to end, the strands of rosemary fried potatoes were insanely good and crispy. I found myself shovelling these fries into my mouth as onlookers watched in amazement. I could have eaten everyone else??s plate in the place ! I was like some hunger crazed animal let loose in a cage of harmless and defenseless prey, gorging till there was no tomorrow. But sadly after a few minutes, my Spotted Pig experience was but a memory. In case you haven??t realized by this story, this portion of my quest at the Spotted Pig was pretty much perfect ! The staff were pleasant and professional, the atmosphere was fun and lively and most of all the burger was in a word ??AMAZING? . At $17 it??s on the high-priced side for a burger, but personally I thought it was worth every penny. Definitely visit the ??Pig? on off times if you want a shot at a table, although if you??re getting a burger you??ll be just fine nestled at the bar with a birdseye view of all the culinary wonder, which is the Spotted Pig.

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★★★★★

The famous Spotted Pig was the scene for my most recent burger gorge, the otherwise known Gastropub with famed pork servant April Bloomfield at the helm was a long-awaited treasure. I finally worked up the courage and patience to face the long sometimes 2 hour waits that were promised, only to be pleasantly surprised and whisked upstairs by a more than capable ??piglet? for a spot at the bar. I look around at the room and was in bewilderment by the amount of people devouring the juicy signature burger ! ??could it be that good?? ??could it be that popular? ? the answer to that will be revealed , for now I was taking in the sights of the trend setting fashionista??s and urban pop foodies dining and chatting in a decor that resembles someones Grandmothers house rather than a critically acclaimed eatery. With old-fashioned trinkets, pig ornaments and flea market type memorabilia, it made for a visually entertaining rest while I waited for my famous beef party on a bun. The Michelin star winning ??Pig?, as Ms. Bloomfield calls it, came about in 2004 after partnering with other culinary giants Ken Friedman and Mario Batali, whom she is also in cohorts together with many other restaurants, such as John Dory and newly famed Breslin.

The much written about burger that I was about to sample was everywhere on diners plates, seemingly calling me from every angle of the room with its perfectly grilled bun creamy Roquefort and tangles of rosemary strip fries. I grew impatient as I smelt the aroma??s of rosemary and beautifully pungent cheese waft through the air as yet another burger was served to a nearby customer. ? When was it my turn? ? I thought to myself. After some witty jovial conversation with the bartender, my wait was over?.this glorious beast of a burger was placed down on the bar in front of me, its pure beauty captivated me for a second as I decided which way I was going to bite into it, with condiment or without ? I opted for it as is, and my taste buds were swamped with an overwhelmingly satisfying flavor combination of superior beef quality and excellence in creamy Roquefort. My knowledgeable cheese source (MB) informed me that the much sought after Roquefort cheese featured on the Spotted Pig burger was in very near danger of being ousted by the triple increased tariff placed on luxury goods. Thankfully the Gods saved us all from such a travesty and future happy burger eaters can continue to savor this delightful creation as nature and Ms. Bloomfield intended.

I enjoyed every last morsel of my burger as I occasionally paused not wanting it to end, the strands of rosemary fried potatoes were insanely good and crispy. I found myself shovelling these fries into my mouth as onlookers watched in amazement. I could have eaten everyone else??s plate in the place ! I was like some hunger crazed animal let loose in a cage of harmless and defenseless prey, gorging till there was no tomorrow. But sadly after a few minutes, my Spotted Pig experience was but a memory. In case you haven??t realized by this story, this portion of my quest at the Spotted Pig was pretty much perfect ! The staff were pleasant and professional, the atmosphere was fun and lively and most of all the burger was in a word ??AMAZING? . At $17 it??s on the high-priced side for a burger, but personally I thought it was worth every penny. Definitely visit the ??Pig? on off times if you want a shot at a table, although if you??re getting a burger you??ll be just fine nestled at the bar with a birdseye view of all the culinary wonder, which is the Spotted Pig.

Pros: Roquefort Cheese

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Came in from L.A. and had our annual get together with my H.S. posse here and a great time was had by all. The burger and shoestring fries of course was the best and the Devils on horseback are to die for. While the food was slow in coming out, the service and warm ambiance made up for it. I will definitely come back here on my next trip out.

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★★★★★

Came in from L.A. and had our annual get together with my H.S. posse here and a great time was had by all. The burger and shoestring fries of course was the best and the Devils on horseback are to die for. While the food was slow in coming out, the service and warm ambiance made up for it. I will definitely come back here on my next trip out.

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Since they don't take reservations, having dinner here means waiting for an exceptionally long time. Your reward at the end of it? A host that treats you like you're gum on his shoe and a waitstaff that exhibit the same attitude. What's worse? The food is just mediocre. It's oversalted and not particularly inventive. This place is certainly not worth the wait, the price, the crammed seating, or the hype... and it's definitely not worth the abuse. Whoever is doing the hiring at the Spotted Pig should be embarrassed. And someone should remind that snotty tall host with the dirty looking hair at the door that he is a HOST -- meaning that he is supposed to welcome people, not make them feel like a necessary nuisance.

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★☆☆☆☆

Since they don't take reservations, having dinner here means waiting for an exceptionally long time. Your reward at the end of it? A host that treats you like you're gum on his shoe and a waitstaff that exhibit the same attitude. What's worse? The food is just mediocre. It's oversalted and not particularly inventive. This place is certainly not worth the wait, the price, the crammed seating, or the hype... and it's definitely not worth the abuse. Whoever is doing the hiring at the Spotted Pig should be embarrassed. And someone should remind that snotty tall host with the dirty looking hair at the door that he is a HOST -- meaning that he is supposed to welcome people, not make them feel like a necessary nuisance.

Pros: snotty staff -- apparently

Cons: salty food, long wait, staff makes you want to slap them

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yeah, i'm sorry that your acting/modelling career hasn't taken off, and that you're reduced to waiting tables,but c'mon, is the bad service and the attitude really necessary?
when i'm ordering a burger at the bar, wouldn't you think ketchup and mustard would automatically be brought when the food was delivered, and that i wouldn't have to ask for it, and then wait 10 minutes for only the mustard to come?
although i wouldn't expect any of the "beautiful" wait staff to be all that bright, i would at the very least expect a little common sense. but i guess when you're more worried about how that new tattoo is healing more than whether or not your customer is getting the food they ordered it doesn't really matter, right?
the food is actually good here, and the vibe is fun, but the simple fact that the manager of this joint no doubtedly has received a slew of complaints about the service, and doesn't rectify it, shows he/she is as braindead as the serving staff.

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★★☆☆☆

yeah, i'm sorry that your acting/modelling career hasn't taken off, and that you're reduced to waiting tables,but c'mon, is the bad service and the attitude really necessary?
when i'm ordering a burger at the bar, wouldn't you think ketchup and mustard would automatically be brought when the food was delivered, and that i wouldn't have to ask for it, and then wait 10 minutes for only the mustard to come?
although i wouldn't expect any of the "beautiful" wait staff to be all that bright, i would at the very least expect a little common sense. but i guess when you're more worried about how that new tattoo is healing more than whether or not your customer is getting the food they ordered it doesn't really matter, right?
the food is actually good here, and the vibe is fun, but the simple fact that the manager of this joint no doubtedly has received a slew of complaints about the service, and doesn't rectify it, shows he/she is as braindead as the serving staff.

Pros: good food

Cons: horrible service

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Just bad service, and a crazy long wait for our table. I won't be going back.

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★★☆☆☆

Just bad service, and a crazy long wait for our table. I won't be going back.

Pros: Food is goodish

Cons: the snottiest staff ever

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Went there for Brunch this weekend, however, was all around top notch. We got there early (12:30ish) so the wait wasn't too long. The service was fantastic (and I don't say that lightly - I was a server for years and have high standards). I had the burger, which totally deserves its reputation, along with a mountain delicious rosemary fries. My friends had the french toast (which I didn't try) and the Cuban sandwich (which I did - awesome).
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The decor here is great, and makes for a warm and cozy environment. The only drawback is how cramped it can get, especially when crowded, but after living in the East Village for four years, if there is one thing I am used to - it's small, crowded bars/restaurants.

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★★★★☆

Went there for Brunch this weekend, however, was all around top notch. We got there early (12:30ish) so the wait wasn't too long. The service was fantastic (and I don't say that lightly - I was a server for years and have high standards). I had the burger, which totally deserves its reputation, along with a mountain delicious rosemary fries. My friends had the french toast (which I didn't try) and the Cuban sandwich (which I did - awesome).
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The decor here is great, and makes for a warm and cozy environment. The only drawback is how cramped it can get, especially when crowded, but after living in the East Village for four years, if there is one thing I am used to - it's small, crowded bars/restaurants.

Pros: yummy food

Cons: the wait for a table bites

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nothing at all special here, dont believe the hype, food good, drinks and service rubbish, and dont bother with rusty knot

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★★★☆☆

nothing at all special here, dont believe the hype, food good, drinks and service rubbish, and dont bother with rusty knot

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Nice bar upstairs but that's pretty much it. Some preppy girls like to haul all the way from the UES to check this place and it's funny to watch. Some are pretty beautiful so it makes the bar pretty pleasant. I never had dinner here because I don't bend over to over rated places where you need to wait hours - or - submit yourself to a nose browning session to the staff to get upgraded on the list. Still, I recommend you try it because I've heard the food is good and I did try few appetizers once (they were amazing). Bar downstairs is packed with bobo (bourgeois boheme) and euro-trash people, avoid it.

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★★☆☆☆

Nice bar upstairs but that's pretty much it. Some preppy girls like to haul all the way from the UES to check this place and it's funny to watch. Some are pretty beautiful so it makes the bar pretty pleasant. I never had dinner here because I don't bend over to over rated places where you need to wait hours - or - submit yourself to a nose browning session to the staff to get upgraded on the list. Still, I recommend you try it because I've heard the food is good and I did try few appetizers once (they were amazing). Bar downstairs is packed with bobo (bourgeois boheme) and euro-trash people, avoid it.

Pros: They have Sapporo and cute girls from the UES

Cons: Everything else...

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Went out to dinner here with a few friends and objectively, each item of food was seriously overly salted. From the squid stew to the shoe string fries, to the skirt steak and the burnt vegetables. It's was almost like they were trying to get people to order more drinks. I don't generally write reviews, but this was too much.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went out to dinner here with a few friends and objectively, each item of food was seriously overly salted. From the squid stew to the shoe string fries, to the skirt steak and the burnt vegetables. It's was almost like they were trying to get people to order more drinks. I don't generally write reviews, but this was too much.

Pros: Good Beer

Cons: Salty food, slow wait staff, long wait.

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got there at 530pm on wednesday sat at the bar (6ft long) and waited about 25mns before anyone asked me if i wanted a drink!
Then they asked me if i wanted a table for dinner...
needless to say that I chose another place for dinner,
The atmosphere seemed nice and staff too cool, but what happened to just good service?

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★★☆☆☆

got there at 530pm on wednesday sat at the bar (6ft long) and waited about 25mns before anyone asked me if i wanted a drink!
Then they asked me if i wanted a table for dinner...
needless to say that I chose another place for dinner,
The atmosphere seemed nice and staff too cool, but what happened to just good service?

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The food is good. The drinks are expensive and there is always a wait. If you go grab a burger they are excellent.

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★★☆☆☆

The food is good. The drinks are expensive and there is always a wait. If you go grab a burger they are excellent.

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Hot and Crowded

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We just dined at Spotted Pig this evening and started out with a very tasty dish of gnudi. The burger, short ribs and brussel sprouts to follow were so salty that we barely made a dent in these dishes- really disappointing. We had very high hopes for a delicious gastro-pub dinner and were left thirsty and speechless. Perhaps there was an accident with the salt in the kitchen...

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★★☆☆☆

We just dined at Spotted Pig this evening and started out with a very tasty dish of gnudi. The burger, short ribs and brussel sprouts to follow were so salty that we barely made a dent in these dishes- really disappointing. We had very high hopes for a delicious gastro-pub dinner and were left thirsty and speechless. Perhaps there was an accident with the salt in the kitchen...

Pros: Warm decor and some tasty dishes.

Cons: Salty food

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The wait for a table is crazy but the food is so good, it's worth it! I hope this place stays around forever.

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★★★★★

The wait for a table is crazy but the food is so good, it's worth it! I hope this place stays around forever.

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went here this past friday night and had a great time. wish i remembered my server's name because he was dynamite! we had a few drinks at the bar while waiting for our table and then sat upstairs, he place reminds me slightly of a place we have in philly called The Standard Tap, only even better. the octopus and celery salad was excellent, along with the oysters. my husband's burger was perfect. very low key and unpretentious with a hipster vibe (the host was an uber hipster) but i would definitely go back.

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★★★★☆

went here this past friday night and had a great time. wish i remembered my server's name because he was dynamite! we had a few drinks at the bar while waiting for our table and then sat upstairs, he place reminds me slightly of a place we have in philly called The Standard Tap, only even better. the octopus and celery salad was excellent, along with the oysters. my husband's burger was perfect. very low key and unpretentious with a hipster vibe (the host was an uber hipster) but i would definitely go back.

Pros: service, food, ambience

Cons: none really except for slightly annoying host

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I met up with a friend and his buddies, who were visiting from out of town, at the Spotted Pig on a cold Saturday night. It was crowded but not uncomfortably so, and my friend whisked me in with no trouble at the door. I was very impressed by the crowd--everyone was laid-back and super friendly--and the prices of the drinks, which I'd expected to be extremely high given the popularity of the place. I didn't eat, but the plate of shoestring fries sitting nearby looked very tempting. Our waitress was adorable but seemed a little spacey. I've read that some reviewers had trouble getting seated with a large group, but my friends and I (7 of us) got a great corner upstairs...who knows how long they had to wait before I got there, though. Overall, I had a great time, and I can't wait to go back!

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★★★★★

I met up with a friend and his buddies, who were visiting from out of town, at the Spotted Pig on a cold Saturday night. It was crowded but not uncomfortably so, and my friend whisked me in with no trouble at the door. I was very impressed by the crowd--everyone was laid-back and super friendly--and the prices of the drinks, which I'd expected to be extremely high given the popularity of the place. I didn't eat, but the plate of shoestring fries sitting nearby looked very tempting. Our waitress was adorable but seemed a little spacey. I've read that some reviewers had trouble getting seated with a large group, but my friends and I (7 of us) got a great corner upstairs...who knows how long they had to wait before I got there, though. Overall, I had a great time, and I can't wait to go back!

Pros: fun crowd, good people-watching, well-priced drinks

Cons: sometimes slow service

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This gastropub is for wonderful reminder for all ex-pats who miss traditional British cooking - haven't seen anywhere else in Manhattan offering roasted bone marrow! The small, dark and crowded interior just strengthens the feeling of being at your neighborhood pub back in Blighty -but their cooking was never this good!

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★★★★☆

This gastropub is for wonderful reminder for all ex-pats who miss traditional British cooking - haven't seen anywhere else in Manhattan offering roasted bone marrow! The small, dark and crowded interior just strengthens the feeling of being at your neighborhood pub back in Blighty -but their cooking was never this good!

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This is not the place to go if you are planning on dining with others and are willing to pay a premium for a fun, stress free evening. They take no reservations, and if you can adjust to that, they won't even answer the phone. If you go with a larger party, they insist on seating you separately with no apologies and are unwilling to accommodate. The front door and general mgr. have much to learn on the subject of hospitality. If you can get past the frantic and highly unpleasant front door treatment and are seated at a table, the food is delicious and the service friendly. The chef is inspired and the vegetable sides are a must, shockingly great! But if you intend on making plans with others, it is really difficult, unless everyone is willing to wait an unlimited amount of time and no one is hungry! When the front door service matches the level of the food, this restaurant will provide a pleasurable dining experience. And FYI, no professional courtesies are offered to other chefs or any other people in the industry. The GM couldn't care less about that. For foodies and frequent diners, you may prefer to feel welcome and that your business is appreciated as it is in many other fabulous New York restaurants.

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★★☆☆☆

This is not the place to go if you are planning on dining with others and are willing to pay a premium for a fun, stress free evening. They take no reservations, and if you can adjust to that, they won't even answer the phone. If you go with a larger party, they insist on seating you separately with no apologies and are unwilling to accommodate. The front door and general mgr. have much to learn on the subject of hospitality. If you can get past the frantic and highly unpleasant front door treatment and are seated at a table, the food is delicious and the service friendly. The chef is inspired and the vegetable sides are a must, shockingly great! But if you intend on making plans with others, it is really difficult, unless everyone is willing to wait an unlimited amount of time and no one is hungry! When the front door service matches the level of the food, this restaurant will provide a pleasurable dining experience. And FYI, no professional courtesies are offered to other chefs or any other people in the industry. The GM couldn't care less about that. For foodies and frequent diners, you may prefer to feel welcome and that your business is appreciated as it is in many other fabulous New York restaurants.

Pros: Great veges, great chef!

Cons: So difficult to get seated that it can really ruin an evening

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I've heard people rave over the Pig - - and they are right! If beets tasted this good growing up I'd have eaten more of them. Great atmosphere, awesome food, great staff. Well worth the 1.5 hour wait.

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★★★★★

I've heard people rave over the Pig - - and they are right! If beets tasted this good growing up I'd have eaten more of them. Great atmosphere, awesome food, great staff. Well worth the 1.5 hour wait.

Pros: Fantastic experience!

Cons: What cons?

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The food and drink is amazing. I'm just sad it's gotten so overwhelmingly busy, I haven't been able to successfully get a table for a long long time. Well worth it though! Great chef hangout.

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★★★★★

The food and drink is amazing. I'm just sad it's gotten so overwhelmingly busy, I haven't been able to successfully get a table for a long long time. Well worth it though! Great chef hangout.

Pros: never had anything short of amazing

Cons: hard to get thru the door.

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A group of 8 of us arrived here on a Saturday night to celebrate a bachelorette party. We had not made reservations, but were told the wait would only be about 20 minutes. The staff was true to their word, and we were escorted to our table. The food was delicious, and there was plenty of it to go around. AC was broken, so it was a bit warm, but save for that, the entire experience was great. I will definitely be returning.

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★★★★☆

A group of 8 of us arrived here on a Saturday night to celebrate a bachelorette party. We had not made reservations, but were told the wait would only be about 20 minutes. The staff was true to their word, and we were escorted to our table. The food was delicious, and there was plenty of it to go around. AC was broken, so it was a bit warm, but save for that, the entire experience was great. I will definitely be returning.

Pros: bacon wrapped prunes!!! burgers, gnudi, french fries

Cons: can get very crowded

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I have been to the Spotted Pig many times and do not understand it's appeal. It is always so crowded, even upstairs, that I really can't enjoy my drinks or friends. You're constantly having to move out of the way of something. I think people go there because it's the place to go. I have had fun times, but quickly leave for a more intimate, less crowded place in the neighborhood (very plentiful). Food is good , but way overpriced and your table is the size of one plate. Very overrated.

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★★☆☆☆

I have been to the Spotted Pig many times and do not understand it's appeal. It is always so crowded, even upstairs, that I really can't enjoy my drinks or friends. You're constantly having to move out of the way of something. I think people go there because it's the place to go. I have had fun times, but quickly leave for a more intimate, less crowded place in the neighborhood (very plentiful). Food is good , but way overpriced and your table is the size of one plate. Very overrated.

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You walk in and it feels like just another packed after hours pub. People squeeze in around the bar like pigs around a trough, squealing to get the bartender's attention for another pint. It's dark, it's noisy, and its hastily decorated with swine trinkets. Those who get seats at a table are on stools bumped around by rushed wait staff and intoxicated customers trying to make their way to the bathroom. This may not sound appealing, but the uncomfortable, messy, and unrefined atmosphere works as a surprisingly pleasing foil to the world class food they serve. Palates which are accustomed to experiencing such refined food in equally refined dining environments are therefore in for a taste enhancing contrast of the senses. On the one hand, your eyes and ears subconsciously tell your mouth and nose, based on the decor and ambiance, to expect mediocre food. However, once your taste buds and olfactory nerves get to experiencing the food, it becomes one wonderfully confusing and lovely combination of seemingly contradictory sensual perceptions.

P.S. - Mario Batali is my hero.

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★★★★★

You walk in and it feels like just another packed after hours pub. People squeeze in around the bar like pigs around a trough, squealing to get the bartender's attention for another pint. It's dark, it's noisy, and its hastily decorated with swine trinkets. Those who get seats at a table are on stools bumped around by rushed wait staff and intoxicated customers trying to make their way to the bathroom. This may not sound appealing, but the uncomfortable, messy, and unrefined atmosphere works as a surprisingly pleasing foil to the world class food they serve. Palates which are accustomed to experiencing such refined food in equally refined dining environments are therefore in for a taste enhancing contrast of the senses. On the one hand, your eyes and ears subconsciously tell your mouth and nose, based on the decor and ambiance, to expect mediocre food. However, once your taste buds and olfactory nerves get to experiencing the food, it becomes one wonderfully confusing and lovely combination of seemingly contradictory sensual perceptions.

P.S. - Mario Batali is my hero.

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Went on a Monday night. Seated right away. Very casual. Staff extremely friendly. My burger was delicious. Apps were good as well. I really enjoyed my entire meal and would def go back.

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★★★★★

Went on a Monday night. Seated right away. Very casual. Staff extremely friendly. My burger was delicious. Apps were good as well. I really enjoyed my entire meal and would def go back.

Pros: Great Burger

Cons: Hear it gets crowded on the weekends

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Took us three times to get in; the second time we were there, we had the evening host put us on the list, as they don't take reservations, and came back for our scheduled time at midnight, April 5, 2008. I don't begrudge the wait for one second.

The burger, which is $17, is wonderful. The quality of the meat was more than amazing, so tender and soft, and is clearly much higher than supermarket grade. The flavor is incredible.

The roquefort cheese can be mildly overpowering about 1/2-way through. But I skimmed part of it off the top, and it was perfect. No ketchup or any other condiment is needed with either the fries or the burger.

They really pile on the fries, which are fried with garlic and herbs. You won't be able to eat them all.

Be prepared for:
1- a 2 hour wait, unless you can get the host to put you on the list and you can come back at that time. They don't take call-in reservations, though.
2- it's LOUD! . . .
3- Dark. Only lit by candlelight.
4- And worth every bit of the waiting, noise, and $$.

It's truly the best burger I've ever had. And the friend I was with found her mixed drink, her sardine appetizer, and her main course all to be the best she'd ever tasted. So we were pleased all around. I really can't wait for my next NY trip, and this place is one of the reasons.

btw: for us ladies, your hosts and servers are nice, young, beautiful boys in their late mid to late 20's. So pick up a little something to go . . . *wink*

2
★★★★☆

Took us three times to get in; the second time we were there, we had the evening host put us on the list, as they don't take reservations, and came back for our scheduled time at midnight, April 5, 2008. I don't begrudge the wait for one second.

The burger, which is $17, is wonderful. The quality of the meat was more than amazing, so tender and soft, and is clearly much higher than supermarket grade. The flavor is incredible.

The roquefort cheese can be mildly overpowering about 1/2-way through. But I skimmed part of it off the top, and it was perfect. No ketchup or any other condiment is needed with either the fries or the burger.

They really pile on the fries, which are fried with garlic and herbs. You won't be able to eat them all.

Be prepared for:
1- a 2 hour wait, unless you can get the host to put you on the list and you can come back at that time. They don't take call-in reservations, though.
2- it's LOUD! . . .
3- Dark. Only lit by candlelight.
4- And worth every bit of the waiting, noise, and $$.

It's truly the best burger I've ever had. And the friend I was with found her mixed drink, her sardine appetizer, and her main course all to be the best she'd ever tasted. So we were pleased all around. I really can't wait for my next NY trip, and this place is one of the reasons.

btw: for us ladies, your hosts and servers are nice, young, beautiful boys in their late mid to late 20's. So pick up a little something to go . . . *wink*

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It seems that many of the negative reviews here are people who don't get the notion of a gastropub. It isn't spacious, who cares. It is all about what comes out on the plate. The environment shouldn't effect one's perception of the meal. I had an amazing Duck Egg and Bacon Salad. The Burger is divine, the fries are a bit tough to eat but excellent nonetheless. The salt was no problem on any dish. I'm looking forward to trying brunch. I suggest the Brussel Sprouts as well, the earthiness of the sprouts are brought through perfectly by the cooking method.

2
★★★★★

It seems that many of the negative reviews here are people who don't get the notion of a gastropub. It isn't spacious, who cares. It is all about what comes out on the plate. The environment shouldn't effect one's perception of the meal. I had an amazing Duck Egg and Bacon Salad. The Burger is divine, the fries are a bit tough to eat but excellent nonetheless. The salt was no problem on any dish. I'm looking forward to trying brunch. I suggest the Brussel Sprouts as well, the earthiness of the sprouts are brought through perfectly by the cooking method.

Pros: Excellent food, fun plates.

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Many people love this place, and thats reflected in the massive crowding. This is basically pub food but a 'chef' makes it even fattier and much saltier; the salt level varies from TONS to inedible even by someone who likes salt. For people who do not know better, they think they're eating a gourmet burger. There are cozy seats with nice lighting and then there a seats that are ridiculous even by NYC downtown standards; so you are taking a chance you'll be in a tight busy walkway and being brushed against every 30 seconds. This place has a good formula which keeps it steadily emptying the wallets a down-town 'set' that cant distinguish a 'hidden secret' from a food factory. The food is clearly made 'factory style' with no human caring touch. The wait staff is all 'Brooklyn chest tattoo' and I'm sure they hate the 'cookie' customers which is probably why they act as nice as necessary to get you to order as much as possible. Anyways, thats my take, you'll find lots of people who love it (its the fools who give the full 5 stars). If you know good food, dont go here. If you have any doubt just look in through the window at the crowd. If you want a good burger and beer, skip this pig attitude and go get yourself a real burger at a real joint

0
★☆☆☆☆

Many people love this place, and thats reflected in the massive crowding. This is basically pub food but a 'chef' makes it even fattier and much saltier; the salt level varies from TONS to inedible even by someone who likes salt. For people who do not know better, they think they're eating a gourmet burger. There are cozy seats with nice lighting and then there a seats that are ridiculous even by NYC downtown standards; so you are taking a chance you'll be in a tight busy walkway and being brushed against every 30 seconds. This place has a good formula which keeps it steadily emptying the wallets a down-town 'set' that cant distinguish a 'hidden secret' from a food factory. The food is clearly made 'factory style' with no human caring touch. The wait staff is all 'Brooklyn chest tattoo' and I'm sure they hate the 'cookie' customers which is probably why they act as nice as necessary to get you to order as much as possible. Anyways, thats my take, you'll find lots of people who love it (its the fools who give the full 5 stars). If you know good food, dont go here. If you have any doubt just look in through the window at the crowd. If you want a good burger and beer, skip this pig attitude and go get yourself a real burger at a real joint

Pros: You dont have to come back

Cons: UMMM THE FOOD

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I was very excited to eat at the Spotted Pig, but after eating there I'd call it the Shoddy Pig. Seriously, I was extremely disappointed with the food. Everything was over-salted and just not worth the wait or the money. Unfriendly service didn't help.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I was very excited to eat at the Spotted Pig, but after eating there I'd call it the Shoddy Pig. Seriously, I was extremely disappointed with the food. Everything was over-salted and just not worth the wait or the money. Unfriendly service didn't help.

Pros: Leaving

Cons: Very salty

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In search of the best burger in Manhattan, we came across a quaint little bar on a west village corner. Packed to the brim, we worked our way to the hostess and joined the queue to dine. While awaiting our table we sat at the bar and ordered some vino and toasted almonds. The bartender was busy attending to other clients, however, friendly enough to keep conversing with us, recommending the Burger. A few drinks deep, we were seated in a cozy corner of the second floor. Cut to entree, large juicy delicious Burger with shoe string fries and an Old Speckled Hen...Heaven.

2
★★★★★

In search of the best burger in Manhattan, we came across a quaint little bar on a west village corner. Packed to the brim, we worked our way to the hostess and joined the queue to dine. While awaiting our table we sat at the bar and ordered some vino and toasted almonds. The bartender was busy attending to other clients, however, friendly enough to keep conversing with us, recommending the Burger. A few drinks deep, we were seated in a cozy corner of the second floor. Cut to entree, large juicy delicious Burger with shoe string fries and an Old Speckled Hen...Heaven.

Pros: Burger, Brussels Sprouts, Gnoudi, Flour-less Chocolate Cake, Oysters, Beverages

Cons: None

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Went with my son who was in town from Chicago. Liked the gastro pub idea, and the Pig web site menu had several things I really like. . Glad i did not read the negative reviews on this site before I went, as I might not have gone and would have missed a very good dining experience. I like beer with food rather than wine, and the bitter on tap was very nice. We started with a salad and the smoked haddock chowder, Both were good, especially the haddock, but the price ($15 each) was a bit ridiculous. My skate for entree was really good. My sons burger was also very good but think it would be better without the blue cheese which was just a bit too strong for my taste. Was talked into a dessert by the waitress. We shared the Bannoffee and it was very very good. Overall a good evening. Good service, very good beer and food. The prices were also Ok apart from the appetizers. Will go again and recommend it to others.

2
★★★★☆

Went with my son who was in town from Chicago. Liked the gastro pub idea, and the Pig web site menu had several things I really like. . Glad i did not read the negative reviews on this site before I went, as I might not have gone and would have missed a very good dining experience. I like beer with food rather than wine, and the bitter on tap was very nice. We started with a salad and the smoked haddock chowder, Both were good, especially the haddock, but the price ($15 each) was a bit ridiculous. My skate for entree was really good. My sons burger was also very good but think it would be better without the blue cheese which was just a bit too strong for my taste. Was talked into a dessert by the waitress. We shared the Bannoffee and it was very very good. Overall a good evening. Good service, very good beer and food. The prices were also Ok apart from the appetizers. Will go again and recommend it to others.

Pros: Hadock chowder, burger, skate

Cons: Prices of appetizers

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they got no time for pampering you and flatter your egos. if you can't take it then don't bother. there's soul to each place and this one has its own, it's not overpriced nor a dirty spot, it's def a gastropub (if u know what that means) in its modern, overbuzzed and raved version. if you sit down and block out the noise you'll enjoy both the fat and the salt. this is the way to enjoying places otherwise stay in your home and your hood. all comments below are just nasty outsider ones and i strongly advise not to take them to the pig w/u but only a friendly low-key attitude and some big appetite among yr savvy chums -those are some strong assets in having a blast at the s/p

2
★★★★☆

they got no time for pampering you and flatter your egos. if you can't take it then don't bother. there's soul to each place and this one has its own, it's not overpriced nor a dirty spot, it's def a gastropub (if u know what that means) in its modern, overbuzzed and raved version. if you sit down and block out the noise you'll enjoy both the fat and the salt. this is the way to enjoying places otherwise stay in your home and your hood. all comments below are just nasty outsider ones and i strongly advise not to take them to the pig w/u but only a friendly low-key attitude and some big appetite among yr savvy chums -those are some strong assets in having a blast at the s/p

Pros: food, light and ever freshness

Cons: the buzz and ho-humming hasslers really

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I had so much about this restaurant and was very excited to go for the first time. My friend and I showed up at 6:15pm and even though we thought this was early we still had to wait almost 1 hour for a table. The bar area is beyond crowded - it was even suffocating.

After being shown to our table we realized that the table was missing a seat (there were two of us). The staff was extremely nonchalant and left me standing at the table for 5 - 10 minutes while they "looked for" a chair. My friend was angered and asked the host for a chair and he told her in a sarcastic and rude tone of voice, "We're WORKING on it."

The food was good although not excellent. The fries are tossed with garlic and rosemary which was a nice touch. I had the Jerusalem artichoke salad which was tasty but again, nothing extraordinary. The flourless chocolate cake was much too rich, my friend and I barely ate a quarter of it. The french press that the coffee was served in was broken. A cup of mulled wine was $12. My friend's burger was $17. A side of chard was $7.

All in all this place has potential - the space is cozy and intimate. However, the rude staff, slow service, and over-priced food will not have me coming back often.

1
★★☆☆☆

I had so much about this restaurant and was very excited to go for the first time. My friend and I showed up at 6:15pm and even though we thought this was early we still had to wait almost 1 hour for a table. The bar area is beyond crowded - it was even suffocating.

After being shown to our table we realized that the table was missing a seat (there were two of us). The staff was extremely nonchalant and left me standing at the table for 5 - 10 minutes while they "looked for" a chair. My friend was angered and asked the host for a chair and he told her in a sarcastic and rude tone of voice, "We're WORKING on it."

The food was good although not excellent. The fries are tossed with garlic and rosemary which was a nice touch. I had the Jerusalem artichoke salad which was tasty but again, nothing extraordinary. The flourless chocolate cake was much too rich, my friend and I barely ate a quarter of it. The french press that the coffee was served in was broken. A cup of mulled wine was $12. My friend's burger was $17. A side of chard was $7.

All in all this place has potential - the space is cozy and intimate. However, the rude staff, slow service, and over-priced food will not have me coming back often.

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I don't know. it wasn't horrible but I thought the food was way too salty, and the waitress forgot to give us our deviled eggs. The devils on horseback was not bad, my 1st time ive ever tried prunes...

The gnudi was pretty good but nothing special. Waited a Long time for the burger to come out and it was very salty, yes yes I know Roquefort is salty but dayam, definitely not worth $17. oh well, maybe we came on an off night? got there about 6ish so there wasn't much of a wait but by the time we left the place was packed. Don't think I'll come back.

1
★★☆☆☆

I don't know. it wasn't horrible but I thought the food was way too salty, and the waitress forgot to give us our deviled eggs. The devils on horseback was not bad, my 1st time ive ever tried prunes...

The gnudi was pretty good but nothing special. Waited a Long time for the burger to come out and it was very salty, yes yes I know Roquefort is salty but dayam, definitely not worth $17. oh well, maybe we came on an off night? got there about 6ish so there wasn't much of a wait but by the time we left the place was packed. Don't think I'll come back.

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I will never go to the Spotted Pig again despite how good the food is. The staff is unprofessional, pretentious and incompetent. They got at least half of our order wrong, once they finally came to our table to take the order. When they are told about their mistakes they act like th customers are simply annoying and petty rather than owning up to their mistakes and making the situation right. they never asked for a second drink order, took forever to bring dessert menus, and then we had to listen to the staff talking about their personal lives to each other when we wanted to place an order. It's been this bad 8 out of the 10 times we've been there and unfortunately -- since the food is good -- we will not be back again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I will never go to the Spotted Pig again despite how good the food is. The staff is unprofessional, pretentious and incompetent. They got at least half of our order wrong, once they finally came to our table to take the order. When they are told about their mistakes they act like th customers are simply annoying and petty rather than owning up to their mistakes and making the situation right. they never asked for a second drink order, took forever to bring dessert menus, and then we had to listen to the staff talking about their personal lives to each other when we wanted to place an order. It's been this bad 8 out of the 10 times we've been there and unfortunately -- since the food is good -- we will not be back again.

Pros: Good food

Cons: the worst service in NY

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I hated it. The food was gross. The hostess barely looked at us, threw our menus down on the table, a dirty looking waiter served us and rarely made an appearance to see if we needed a drink or anything. There was a girl who filled up our tiny water glasses and when I went to the bathroom told my husband we were making her work because we drank so much water. Also, there were flies everywhere. Yuck. Who said this place is great? It's disgusting. Check out the first floor bathroom and let me know if you agree.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I hated it. The food was gross. The hostess barely looked at us, threw our menus down on the table, a dirty looking waiter served us and rarely made an appearance to see if we needed a drink or anything. There was a girl who filled up our tiny water glasses and when I went to the bathroom told my husband we were making her work because we drank so much water. Also, there were flies everywhere. Yuck. Who said this place is great? It's disgusting. Check out the first floor bathroom and let me know if you agree.

Pros: None

Cons: Dirty, bad food, flies

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Try to go when it's not crowded. Maybe a late Sunday afternoon. Sit down, order some pints of beer or a glass of wine(great selection), their burger and the gnudi and you're all set for a perfect Sunday.

2
★★★★☆

Try to go when it's not crowded. Maybe a late Sunday afternoon. Sit down, order some pints of beer or a glass of wine(great selection), their burger and the gnudi and you're all set for a perfect Sunday.

Pros: Lively atmosphere, tasty food, great bar scene

Cons: Long waits, a bit pricey, crowded

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Overly expensive, paid $17 + tax and tip for a burger, it was one tasty burger but come on $17. The wait was long the service way nothing to write about. This is a onetime FORCED (thanks, you know who you are) visit place.

1
★★★☆☆

Overly expensive, paid $17 + tax and tip for a burger, it was one tasty burger but come on $17. The wait was long the service way nothing to write about. This is a onetime FORCED (thanks, you know who you are) visit place.

Pros: Trendy

Cons: Expensive, long wait, no reservations...

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Waited several mins for a table. Then we order bottle of wine. The most expensive on the list, a $200 Barbaresco. You would think once you order that expensive of a bottle of wine, the service would be better, not at all. Food was bland and nothing to write home about, at all. Then as we are leaving and as we walk out, a busboy, Wilson, looks at us and asks if we have a problem! A problem? Unbelievable. I would never ever recommend this place again

0
★☆☆☆☆

Waited several mins for a table. Then we order bottle of wine. The most expensive on the list, a $200 Barbaresco. You would think once you order that expensive of a bottle of wine, the service would be better, not at all. Food was bland and nothing to write home about, at all. Then as we are leaving and as we walk out, a busboy, Wilson, looks at us and asks if we have a problem! A problem? Unbelievable. I would never ever recommend this place again

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I went there last weekend as I heard that it was a nice place to have dinner. I was very disappointed, indeed. by far the best things there are the drinks, I had a nice dirty martini and my sister had a negroni. All the rest is completely overrated and pretentious. I tried the steak (never seen any as thin before and tasteless!) and my sister tried the scallops- nothing special, a dish that was small compared even to every european standard. The service is sloppy, the waitress remembered that we existed once every 30 minutes.
My suggestion: don't be in line to eat there! Don't waste your time and money. Go there just for drinks (but there a much nicer places in new york to drink, though...it's up to you)

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went there last weekend as I heard that it was a nice place to have dinner. I was very disappointed, indeed. by far the best things there are the drinks, I had a nice dirty martini and my sister had a negroni. All the rest is completely overrated and pretentious. I tried the steak (never seen any as thin before and tasteless!) and my sister tried the scallops- nothing special, a dish that was small compared even to every european standard. The service is sloppy, the waitress remembered that we existed once every 30 minutes.
My suggestion: don't be in line to eat there! Don't waste your time and money. Go there just for drinks (but there a much nicer places in new york to drink, though...it's up to you)

Pros: Drinks

Cons: Food/service

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This was the worst experience in a restaurant ever...we sat at the bar for a couple of hours, waiting for table service to begin (a friend works in the kitchen, so we were invited "guests"). When we enquired about our table, the surly, front person, who continously was running his hand through greasy, unwashed long hair, was surly, insulting, and downright nasty! We decided to leave, even after spending a considerable amount of $ at the bar. No denying the friendliness of the kitchen staff when we said goodnight, but allowing such nastiness at the front of the house should not be tolerated.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This was the worst experience in a restaurant ever...we sat at the bar for a couple of hours, waiting for table service to begin (a friend works in the kitchen, so we were invited "guests"). When we enquired about our table, the surly, front person, who continously was running his hand through greasy, unwashed long hair, was surly, insulting, and downright nasty! We decided to leave, even after spending a considerable amount of $ at the bar. No denying the friendliness of the kitchen staff when we said goodnight, but allowing such nastiness at the front of the house should not be tolerated.

Cons: front staff

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Spotted Pig always delivers (not literally), the service is always warm, the drinks are great, the bar is packed as well and the food is quite decent. It's a great spot to start the night off, or finish it. The fries are pretty great (says a lot coming from someone born and raised in Montreal) and the lamb and burger are both great choices. Decent, fairly well priced wine list completes the spotted pig. I've never gone with dinner in mind, so eating at the bar is all I've done, but I've been very pleased. The upstairs bar bar however, can get overwhelmingly packed (and there's usually only one bartender).

2
★★★★☆

Spotted Pig always delivers (not literally), the service is always warm, the drinks are great, the bar is packed as well and the food is quite decent. It's a great spot to start the night off, or finish it. The fries are pretty great (says a lot coming from someone born and raised in Montreal) and the lamb and burger are both great choices. Decent, fairly well priced wine list completes the spotted pig. I've never gone with dinner in mind, so eating at the bar is all I've done, but I've been very pleased. The upstairs bar bar however, can get overwhelmingly packed (and there's usually only one bartender).

Pros: Drinks, wine list, people

Cons: Too packed sometimes

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We went here the other night and were really excited because it has been SO hyped up the past year or so. We went on a Tuesday night thinking the wait wouldn't be crazy (we tried before only to here there was a 3 hour wait) and to our surprise there was still a 2 hour wait. We did wait though and had a few beers at the bar and chatted with the bartender who was cool. The food was good, but nothing special, and a little pricier than we would have liked. The space is amazing and worth taking a look at. Go. But, if the wait is forever...go elsewhere.

1
★★★☆☆

We went here the other night and were really excited because it has been SO hyped up the past year or so. We went on a Tuesday night thinking the wait wouldn't be crazy (we tried before only to here there was a 3 hour wait) and to our surprise there was still a 2 hour wait. We did wait though and had a few beers at the bar and chatted with the bartender who was cool. The food was good, but nothing special, and a little pricier than we would have liked. The space is amazing and worth taking a look at. Go. But, if the wait is forever...go elsewhere.

Pros: friendly attentive service, great space, cute location

Cons: LOOOOONG wait, good yet average food, too much hype

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Really salty. Food was very heavy, even the grilled vegetables. service was ok, not good or bad. I dont expect good service in a bar. Sort of a letdown given the hype from friends and trusted magazines/websites. Vibe is cool. Prices a bit high for the quality.

1
★★☆☆☆

Really salty. Food was very heavy, even the grilled vegetables. service was ok, not good or bad. I dont expect good service in a bar. Sort of a letdown given the hype from friends and trusted magazines/websites. Vibe is cool. Prices a bit high for the quality.

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Love, love, love....congrats to April on her BNC win! The Spotted Pig is a true NYC institution. It's worth the wait and the wait can be very fun since the bar scene is so great!

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★★★☆☆

Love, love, love....congrats to April on her BNC win! The Spotted Pig is a true NYC institution. It's worth the wait and the wait can be very fun since the bar scene is so great!

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