New York City , New York
Tel: 212 620 0393
Concierge.com's insider take:
When chef April Bloomfield (an alum of London's River Café) opened this happening West Village boîte in 2004 with Mario Batali as a backer, New Yorkers discovered the great joys of the gastropub, a brilliant British invention that joins convivial neighborhood bar with far-above-average food. A recent expansion has helped ease the legendary waits, but the Pig is still packed with herds of yuppies and hipsters clamoring for Bloomfield's spectacular gnudi (delicate ricotta dumplings splashed with vibrant pesto), and the rest of her inventive menu of upscale pub grub (a burger slapped with Roquefort; the best smoked haddock chowder this side of Scotland). Wash it all down with a pint of one of the hand-drawn house ales.
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..especially if you go late. I've spotted Scarlett Johansson, Lindsay Lohan, Helena Christensen, Liv Tyler, Josh Hartnett, Michael Stipe, Charlie Rose, Thom... more
The crowds surrounding this place every night from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. must deter more diners than they attract. The multi-hour wait is worth it to some, but you'd... more