The Spotted Pig is famous for being one of NYC's first gastropubs. Smack in the west village, the entrance to the pub is really extremely non-descript, hidden behind shrubbery in a neighbourhood that is largely residential. Having been recommended the burger here, I trooped down there the second day after I had landed in NYC to try the food there (actually wanted to try out Pearl's oyster bar but I went there too late circa 3pm and the kitchen was already closed). But Spotted pig was fine - they were open all day.
The place really reminded me of a traditional british pub - lovely decor, red walls and lots of paintings - wait, scratch that british pub thing - actually more like a french bistro. Very delightful interior - especially with a textured ceiling and all. And apparently it's a celebrity hangout and you're supposed to see loads of celebrities there, well I didn't see any. Loads of beers here too as well, and well, some cask ales. A friend of mine told me that the cask ales here were delicious so I had to try some. I loaded up on this Spotted Pig Ale made specially for them by Brooklyn Brewery, and I have to say this was just delicious. Very clean, fruity, easy-drinking bitters-style ale, went down so easily. And so balanced as well. Highly rated - perhaps 8.5/10.
And how did the spotted pig burger fare? well, sadly, not as well as the beer - it was a simple burger, just beef with roquefort cheese on top. Well I really love roquefort cheese actually but in this case the meat was really too mild and was just blown away by the blue cheese such that I could hardly taste the meat. well if that's the intended effect then I guess the purpose worked - I'd much rather taste the beefiness of a burger though. The fries, however, were top notch - shoestring fries, with loads of rosemary - so darned addictive, and I nearly finished the entire portion of the mountain of fries, if the server hadn't asked to clear the plate. It was just as well, because I was starting to get really full by then. The burger's an overall 7.5/10, the fries 8.5/10.