Address: 314 W. 11th Street, New York
It's incredibly difficult to get a table at Spotted Pig. We've already tried going there twice, and we were told each time that there was a two hour wait for a table. Ravi and Laura, our friends/readers had told us the best way to get a table is to go at an odd hour. So we went there around 5pm today and true enough we were able to secure a table after a 30 minutes wait! And best of all, during our wait by the entrance, we got a glimpse of chef/owner April Bloomfield walking in and out and she even smiled at me! :)
The restaurant's one Michelin star is definitely well deserved. The food there was spot on in terms of flavor and freshness, and the meat was cooked flawlessly. I especially love the Prosciutto & Ricotta Tart with Marjoram and the Sauteed Quail with Pomegranate. The Tart's pastry is delicious and goes well with the prosciutto, Ricotta cheese and Arugula. The Quail was very tender and the Pomegranate sauce provided a sweet, sour and tangy touch to the dish. Our pub meal would not be complete without the beer, so Gan and I each ordered the Speckled Hen pub ale and it was hearty and complemented the dishes well.
I would definitely go back to Spotted Pig again. It's one of the best meals I have eaten in NYC and definitely worth the wait.
Gan: We have heard about the gastro-pub movement but were not quite sure what was the big fuss until we've tried the food here. The food here is really very good and is on par with the better restaurants. Most of the dishes, it seems, goes well with the typical bar beverage. This is something like the Japanese Izakaya which we love to go to (not for the alcohol, but mostly for the tapas like dishes).
Gan: Pigs all over the interiors! It's as though there's some kind of pig fetish going on here... but surprisingly, there's not that much of pork dishes on the menu. Go figure!