The Spotted Pig

photo by Robert Menzer

Since 2004, when chef April Bloomfield and co-owner Ken Friedman opened this West Village gastropub, upscale bar food has had its ups and downs. But The Spotted Pig continues to serve up inventive British and Italian cuisine from its quirky, bi-level space at the corner of West 11th and Greenwich streets. Order a pint, then smear creamy, house-made burrata onto crisp toast and top it with earthy wild mushrooms. Next, sink your teeth into the char-grilled burger with Roquefort — don’t ever order it without cheese — or slurp up sheep’s milk ricotta gnudi with brown butter and sage. The no-reservations policy keeps wait times here dependably long, so find a seat at one of the bars (each level has one) for a cocktail and a chat with a friendly bartender. Or people-watch: The Spotted Pig buzzes with a lively, good-looking crowd.