Details WHAT?When the Spotted Pig opened in 2004, it was a thunderous hit among Manhattan’s trendiest denizens. M...
Map it WHERE?314 W. 11th Street
New York, New York
Details WHEN?If you're in the mood for a burger and brews to start the evening off right, drop by any time from 5...
Details WHY?To give you proof that yes, the gourmet burger does exist, and at the Spotted Pig it is beyond divin...
When the Spotted Pig opened in 2004, it was a thunderous hit among Manhattan’s trendiest denizens. Meatpacking district revelers abandoned antiseptic clubs to crowd into a small pair of wood-plank rooms decorated with mismatched vintage fabrics, pig and mackerel mementos, and window box herbs. Even rail-thin starlets cheated on their diets with Roquefort-laden chargrilled burgers surrounded by thick tangles of shoestring fries. A collaboration between Mario Batali, A&R exec Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield, this Anglo-Italian gastropub swims against the tide of local hot spots and has won a loyal following among both boldface names and those who are so taken by its folksy-chic unpretentiousness that they don’t mind the two-hour wait. The bar is the ideal spot to imbibe a hand-pulled cask ale or nibble on old-school snacks like devils-on-horseback. In the larger back room space, a mirror scrawled with greenmarket-derived specials shows that the chef, trained at London’s famed Italian eatery River Café, hasn’t forgotten her roots. Gnudi is a continual favorite, and pot-roasted rabbit with spring garlic and fiddlehead ferns stays local despite finding its comfort-food inspiration across the pond. But if things get too heady, just look above the entrance, where a diminutive pig serves as a reminder to Hova and civilian alike: Check your pretensions at the door. Courtesy of the New York Observer
WHO: Beyonce and Jay-Z are known to frequent the Spotted Pig, bringing guests including Rihanna and Kanye West – although I doubt he'll be dining with them anytime soon. Other celebrity patronage includes Cameron Diaz, Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway – prior to her vegan diet, of course.
To give you proof that yes, the gourmet burger does exist, and at the Spotted Pig it is beyond divine. Some would argue the Spotted Pig deserves to be at the top of NY's list, while others want to keep the buzz quiet – after all, there are already enough celebrities frequenting this spot!
If you're in the mood for a burger and brews to start the evening off right, drop by any time from 5:30pm to 2am. Looking for a business lunch? 12-3pm is your spot. Browsing the West Village for a Sunday brunch spot? The Spotted Pig is your salvation for all things sinful and pork related, from 11am to 3pm.