The Spotted Pig


The best New York restaurants, in my opinion, are the ones that sit quietly in their spot, beckoning for you to join them in their warm dining room. They don’t necessarily stand out on the street, but the minute your foot steps through the entrance, you are transformed to a new world.

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The Spotted Pig is one such place. I had no idea what to expect when I arrived there with the Kelly’s Cake Off group (please vote for the MOD SQUAD cake!!). When we walked in, however, the smells of delicious home cooked food and the sight of a crowd greeted us. You know a restaurant is good when the dining room and bar is completely packed on a Monday night- the night directly after the Super Bowl.

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Our cocktail hour was upstairs in a beautiful rustic room set with bright yellow flowers. April Bloomfield, the head chef and part owner of The Spotted Pig, which is located in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, was there along with a few members of her staff to demonstrate a few dishes using her Electrolux appliances. They also prepared some tasty treats for us to enjoy.

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On the menu:

  • Devils on Horseback
  • Onion & Thyme Tarts with Ricotta
  • Chicken Liver Parfait with Onion Marmalade
  • Cheese Beignets with Smoked Paprika
  • Seared Beef Filet with Horseradish & Arugula
  • Hummus with Feta, Olives & Flatbread
  • Broccoli Rabe & Roasted Garlic Frittata
  • Crispy Duck Confit with Cabbage
  • Six Root Vegetable Soup

Watching food bloggers in action always makes me laugh. There were cameras everywhere!

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I tried almost everything, including duck (for the first time).

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The star of the night was definitely the Six Root Vegetable Soup. April demonstrated this recipe for us, and I believe we will be getting a copy of the recipe!

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It was absolutely delicious and simple and reminded me of sitting by a fire on a cold winter night.
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After our fabulous time at The Spotted Pig, all of the bloggers and Ryan from Foodbuzz went to the bar in our hotel for drinks and a fun exchange. Each person brought a regional food goodie. I had some issues finding something since my favorite local chocolates were nowhere to be found and we were hit with a pretty bad snowstorm. I finally found some great whole wheat pretzels from Uncle Jerry’s that came from Lancaster, PA! Everyone brought really cool gifts, and it was a great way to spend the time!

Thank you to Foodbuzz & Electrolux for a fabulous start to the New York experience.

Previous New York posts:

Kelly’s Cake Off for a Cause
Video: Kelly’s Cake Off
New York!
A Late Chelsea Market Lunch

Don’t forget to vote daily for our MOD SQUAD cake! For every vote, Electrolux will donate $1 to OCRF, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Thank you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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8 responses to “The Spotted Pig

  1. You know a restaurant is good when the star of the meal can be something as simple as vegetable soup. It’s hard to make something so simple taste so memorably delicious. I have been wanting to try this place FOREVER.

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  2. My vote has been cast! I loved your cake. It was so happy looking. I loved all of the colours. That must have been a lot of fun to do.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. What a cool experience! The soup looks amazing.

    Your team did an amazing job on the mod squad cake. Good luck!

  4. What a fun night! The Spotted Pig is definitely on my list of places to try in the city. I’m glad you finally tried duck and I hope you enjoyed it 🙂 I love duck, and duck confit in particular is amazing as it’s cooked in its own fat, yummy! You’re so funny about watching bloggers in action with their cameras because I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about. We certainly aren’t alone, haha.

  5. Everything looks so fresh! Great dinner. How did you like the duck?

  6. Something called Devils on Horseback would *have* to be good!!!

  7. I’ve never had duck either! Or at least I don’t think I have? Though some of the food I had when studying abroad was questionable, so who knows lol. What an awesome experience!

  8. Looked like a fun restaurant. I love the name ; )

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