|The Spotted Pig|
We had just finished a great tour of the new The Whitney Museum in the Meat Packing district and had decided to walk to the Spotted Pig. The Spotted Pig
is the hardest reservation in NYC because they do not take them, it is not a large restaurant and it is extremely popular all day and night long. The Spotted Pig is the creation of April Bloomfield
who has an extensive culinary resume including some time working with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse
which has an influence on her culinary style. This is a simple comfortable Gastro Pub establishment. The number one menu item is a hamburger, it is a top pick by Food and Wine
for best hamburger in the world and it has a Michelin Star
|The Famous Burger|
The Spotted Pig is a Pub in the sense of the word, you feel you are the east side of the pond in this old eclectic setting with a variety of your Grandma's stuff on the wall and adorning the floor. It is always got a wait but lucky for us there was a lull in the culinary traffic so we captured a table and made ourselves comfortable. I ordered the traditional burger while the ladies ordered the Grilled Cheese and the Haddock Chowder.
The burger is a real burger almost 1 inch thick and half a pound smothered with Roquefort Cheese with Dijon Mustard and a Sweet Toasted Brioche Bun. It is served with shoestring garlic fries combine it with a beer and you are definitely rocking a great american taste treat. By the way it is not easy dipping your skinny fries in ketchup.
|Grilled Cheese and Haddock Chowder|
The Grilled Cheese is made with Filone Bread
which is an Italian Bread with the consistency of a French Baguette it is smothered with meltred Fontina
. The Chowder was a traditional cram based Seafood Chowder with Haddock, Potatoes, some Shellfish and a drizzle of Olive Oil. The ladies had some wine and we settled in for an hour to escape the cool air and take in the pub atmosphere. This is a great restaurant to go to after a tour of the Whitney or shopping in Greenwich Village.