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This Little Piggy Went to Market

September 7, 2010

Last week I had the opportunity to dine out at one of the trending hotspots, the Breslin at the Ace Hotel -16 W. 29th Street (between 5th and Broadway).  As they don’t take reservations, I was hoping the wait wouldn’t be too long and lucky for us they got us right in.  Urbandaddy calls it the “magical lovechild of the Spotted Pig, Jane Ballroom and the Campbell Apartment,” but whatever you want to call it, these venues all have one thing in common – notoriety (and good PR). 

The dimly lit restaurant features a variety of pig accoutrements, from framed wall hangings to ceramic pigs.  The menu is quite adventurous and diverse, featuring everything from chicken liver parfait and caramel popcorn for starters to mains such as seafood sausage and veal stew.  [Note: Unfortunately as the room was so dark and I didn’t have a proper flash on my camera phone, I was unable to capture any pictures that reflect the restaurant and food].

My colleague and I started off with the beef and stilton pie – an amazing, rich combination and perfect for whetting our appetites.

 We also enjoyed selecting from the gin-based cocktail menu, although I opted for the “Love Deluxe” which featured pisco, white wine, red grapes and fresh lemon juice. My colleague chose a more gin-inspired drink, the “Lust for Life,” (a.k.a the gin mojito) featuring gin, lavender syrup, fresh mint and lemon juice.  

For dinner I munched on the much hyped lamb burger with feta, cumin mayo and thrice cooked chips (fries) and my colleague enjoyed the mussels.  We topped off the meal with the can’t pass up ciabatta doughnuts topped with a raspberry cognac glaze and served with a side of banana ice cream.

If pigs aren’t flying, this is sure to give them wings enough to do it.  At least I thought it was a pretty heavenly meal.