The Spotted Pig in the West Village – Great Pub, Great People


The Spotted Pig was our last stop in New York, as we wrapped up our restaurant tour. Of course, last was not least. We enjoyed some great creamy polenta with a surprise in the middle, and an appetizer fit for even the most discerning mongoose.

The Spotted Pig (HOW DARLING)
The Spotted Pig (HOW DARLING)

Spotted Pig - The Bar
Spotted Pig - The Bar

First of all, let’s talk about ambiance. We visited late afternoon, in between rushes, so it was super mellow. Chatting with the bartender, it sounds like it gets a lot busier earlier and later. Another bit of info, which we unfortunately learned only after our visit, was that they’re known for their burger, which only comes one way.

Looking into the seating area
Looking into the seating area

The neighborhood is charming brownstones and feels like classic NYC. Inside, everywhere you look, there’s all sorts of pig items. Is that a pig on the ceiling?

The FoodShed is part mongoose at heart, so an egg is irresistible, in any form. This deviled egg appetizer was perfectly pureed (almost an egg mousse), with just the right amount of classic dijon mustard. And a sprinkle of chives on top – very simple, and spot on.

Perfect Appetizer
Perfect Appetizer

Can we get another look at those eggs, please? Dang.

Deviled Eggs - Amazing
Deviled Eggs - Amazing

The creamy polenta was the special of the day. It was served with black trumpet mushrooms, sautéed up with some garlic. Then, the genius part. They made a divot in the middle, cracked a raw egg in the center, and created the ultimate comfort food dish. It went perfectly with a nice pilsner on the side.

Creamy Polenta with Wild Mushroom Sauce
Creamy Polenta with Wild Mushroom Sauce

This last beer, we didn’t actually drink. But, the tallboy in a can, from artisan Sixpoint Brewery, with a great design sense, made us think of Hilliard’s beer back home in Seattle. Great to see brewers moving to cans, and always lovely to learn about a new brewery.

This concludes our visit to NYC. We had a lovely time getting to know some of its neighborhoods. And now, we are excited to be back home and to start cooking up some more fun recipes to share with you. Tomorrow is granola day!

Crisp Beer from Six Point in Brooklyn
Crisp Beer from Six Point in Brooklyn

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