It's impossible to tell if the famously talented April Bloomfield ever imagined the massive draw her restaurant would have, but years ago, when Spotted Pig sashayed its way into the West Village, NY'ers were more than ready to fall in love with the gastropub. However, it is the cooking that has been the main draw here-even if you are teetering on a wooden stool or knocking elbows with pencil-thin hipsters in this cozy, bi-level space. Outstanding staples like burgers, pan-seared mackerel, or gnudi-ricotta "gnocchi" laced with brown butter, sage and parmesan-have a cultish following; while creamy burrata spread on sourdough with fava and mint, as well as a perfectly roasted poussin served with Sherry vinegar and grilled ramps are favorites for good reason.
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