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#1 yvonne johnson

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Posted 15 March 2004 - 04:20 PM

Went to the Spotted Pig (314 W 11 (Greenwich ST) 212 620 0393) on Saturday. It's described as a gastro pub and the chef is April Bloomfield (who was at London's River Cafe). I read Batali is backing the place and perhaps Bono too.

This is the spot that used to be Le Zoo, and it felt like a zoo on Saturday. The place is quite small and it was packed. It's restaurant-like at the back and pub like at the front (bar and a few tables). They're not taking reservations yet, and we were told it would be at least an hour, maybe 2, for a table, so after a few drinks we didn't stay.

The food smells and looks good. Shepherds pie, burgers and the like.
I found this write-up on this site and it describes more ambitious dishes.
http://www.thefoodse..._the_gastr.html

http://www.findartic...1/article.jhtml
It was not a new dish, as I recognised my tooth marks. Wilfrid

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Posted 18 March 2004 - 03:22 PM

Hard to know what the attraction is - I mean from my point of view; I know anywhere partly owned by Batali will fill up instantly. Are the pub dishes likely to be so much better than other pubs around town that the waiting and the crush would be worth it? I did read a review (was it in New York Press?), which implied that the place is none too comfortable even after you're seated. One reason I try to avoid the better known gastro-pubs in London, is that I can't enjoy a meal if I am surrounded by people standing up, hovering over me, and chugging pints.
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#3 yvonne johnson

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Posted 18 March 2004 - 04:41 PM

I agree. People hovering around is off-putting. I think we'll try it early one night just to see. We did get the tel# of the m'd who said we could phone ahead of time and he'd put us on a waiting list without actually being there while we waited. :unsure:
It was not a new dish, as I recognised my tooth marks. Wilfrid

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Posted 24 March 2004 - 04:19 PM

Mixed, but positive, review from Asimov today.

http://www.nytimes.c...ing/24UNDE.html
It was not a new dish, as I recognised my tooth marks. Wilfrid

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Posted 13 April 2004 - 06:38 PM

Sietsema likes.
It is better to have beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.

#6 Ron Johnson

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Posted 13 April 2004 - 06:55 PM

The pic in that article almost shows the whole dining room.

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 06:40 PM

For those who have been: do you think it might be less crazy on a Tuesday night, say around 5:30 or 6:00? I'm in the WV every Tuesday for chorus rehearsal and have been looking to expand my list of places to go for an early, quick dinner.

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Posted 01 July 2004 - 03:31 AM

Ugh. Hated it.
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Posted 01 July 2004 - 02:05 PM

I'll elaborate a little. Go there and you'll wish you had a gun. You'll want to shoot the guy wearing a pinstripe blazer with shorts and converse sneakers, the women wearing what looks like pajamas, every single person who bumps into you (and that's everyone since 7000 people are jammed into a space roughly double that of a freight elevator), but most of all you'll want to shoot the person who decided that it would be a good idea to have backless stools as the only means to sit.

The ricotta gnudi were good, though.
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#10 omnivorette

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Posted 01 July 2004 - 03:12 PM

I'd rather eat in a subway car. Probably quieter and less crowded, and least I could sit in a seat.

Plus I didn't like any of the food except for the gnudi.
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#11 Wilfrid1

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Posted 01 July 2004 - 04:30 PM

This is a booming trend in Manhattan restaurants - Spice Market being another obvious example among many. Restaurants which are an absolutely first rate idea for both the owners and for the majority of people who use them. I believe most of these customers positively like to be stuck in a deafening crowd yelling at the tops of their voices. But they are grim nightmares for the rest of us.
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#12 Abbylovi

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Posted 01 July 2004 - 05:02 PM

It is a shame because I did like the space and if the bar stools had backs, it would at least be a nice place to have a pint.
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Posted 07 March 2005 - 07:17 PM

Went last night with a group of six. When we got there, the hostess said it could be more than an hour. After an hour or so, we asked about our table. The hostess snapped at us, "I told you, it could be up to two hours." We explained that we didn't mind waiting, but wanted to know why she kept filling up every table instead of trying to keep an area open for us. She just walked away. After another 30 minutes, another one of us asked her about the table, she replied, "you really have no chance of getting a table tonight. Just eat at the bar."

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#14 Ron Johnson

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 07:30 PM

It's unanimous. This place sucks donkeys.

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 08:33 PM

A lot of people seem to like it, eh? :rolleyes:
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