The Spotted Pig
314 W. 11th Street
New York, NY 10014
Clarissa is a charming, funny, hard working native New Yorker of Swiss descent. She loves Pumpkin, Pancakes, Specialty Sweets (especially when paired with Bourbons), Cheese, Wine, nicely made Cocktails and Pizza. She probably likes more than that but that’s what we spend most days talking about. Clarissa and I sit next to each where we work as Partnership Development Managers at Thrillist Rewards. With my obsession over Burgers, many a conversation happens about them. One day Clarissa looked over at me and said “Rev. I want to go eat the Burger at the Spotted Pig with you. Let’s go for my birthday.” My reply, “done.”
For having a very limited amount of seats, The Spotted Pig is one of the most talked about and cherished restaurants in NYC. Restauranteur Ken Friedman and Chef April Bloomfield have made this little West Village gastropub a very well respected and special location that’s known for a small, focused menu of great Food and Drinks. Most dishes, British and Italian in nature, are made from as locally sourced as possible ingredients and generally. Depending on what day and time you’re there, the menu changes but one thing is constant, people. It’s a busy place and while they don’t take reservations, they’ll be as friendly as possible in trying to help you get a seat or at least enjoy the West Village while you wait. There’s one thing though that always on the menu and almost always on somebody’s table, it’s the Burger, specifically the Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort & Shoestrings.
It’s that exact Burger that Clarissa and I were out to eat.
I’ve reviewed the Chargrilled Burger at the Spotted Pig before so there’s no need to repeat the meat. I will tell you that it’s been almost 2 years to the date since I’ve had it and it’s still just as good! If I was going to nitpick for the sake of doing it, I’d say the Bun could be just a little smaller so that the taste of that freshly ground Beef and the savory and little sour Roquefort Cheese was a little more pronounced in each bite. But again, I’m being overly sensitive. The Burger is great.
When you’re there be sure to order up a mug of the Spotted Pig Bitter Cask Ale. It’s a beer made by the Brooklyn Brewery in a traditional English Bitter Ale served cask style.
Cask-conditioned ale is the traditional beer of Britain. It is unfiltered and undergoes a secondary fermentation in the cask. When that fermentation is finished, the beer is left with a very light natural carbonation and a subtle depth of flavor. The yeasts, its job finished, drops to the bottom of the cask and leaves the beer clear. It is pulled up to the bar by a hand pump, just as it is in England’s Pubs. Cask ales are best enjoyed at a gently chilled cellar temperature. We hope you enjoy this handmade artisanal beer, brewed from the finest malt and hops.
I took everything you just read, other than the first two sentences, from the Spotted Pig beer and wine menu. If that intense of a description doesn’t tell you that the Spotted Pig is serious about this Beer, then one sip will do the job to convince you.
There’s a reason surrounding all the talk & appreciation for the Burger at The Spotted Pig, because it’s made with care and love.
Enjoy. We did.
THE BURGER COUNTQUEST
Feb 2, 2012 – 1:28 pm
The Rev Meter for Social Community
“The Rev Meter” is a social community meter for assessing how optimized a bar or restaurant is with social networking. By taking what I consider to be the 10 most important social networks and creating a point system, I can accurately asses how well your business is using social networking as a tool. My goal here is to educate and assist great business to better effectively use these tools.
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6 to 9 points You’re doing better than most and on your way to becoming a well respected social community whiz.
10 points Congrats on a perfect score!