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The Early Word on Swine in the West Village

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The pork fest that is Swine opened just under two weeks ago on Hudson Street in the West Village. With a menu so firmly rooted in the pig?and a name to match?Swine is not necessarily the most ambitious restaurant in the world, but that's not what owner John McNulty and company are going for. (To prove this point, chef Phil Conlon tells Serious Eats that they're "not trying to reinvent the wheel here.") Here's a look at the reactions so far:

The Good News: Says an Eater commenter: "I had a great meal there the other night. And the atmosphere was cool." [Eater Comments]

The Bad News: The guys from One Drink Ahead write that maybe Swine's "ambitions got ahead of its execution," going on to ask if it's worth your time or money: "We didn’t think soFood offerings are occasionally pricey, often underportioned and hit-or-miss in the flavor department. ... Perhaps it would be wise to pass on Swine's cooked offerings and go for the combo 'boards' of cured meats, cheeses and condiments." [One Drink Ahead]

The Solid News: One Yelper, who went for the bone marrow and brisket burger, gives Swine a respectable 3.5 stars: "The burger itself was good...(not great).. I expected juicier, but it was just a bit on the dry side. Still 'solid'... frankly, i was more impressed by their fries, which looked like little potato wedges." This Yelper, though, "wasn't too crazy about" the charcuterie, which is foundational to the Swine concept. [Yelp]

The Working-Out-the-Kinks News: Another Yelper went right when it opened and experienced some kinks: "the wait staff and service in general needs some work. Our waiter was very nice but she didn't understand the speed with which a thristy group needs cocktails. It took about 20-25 minutes for our first round to arrive. ... Also, the beef marrow was overwhelmed by the garlic." But: "These are both fairly minor and I don't want these to overshadow a wonderful eating experience. " [Yelp]

The Men's Lifestyle News: The men's lifestyle website Lift Luxe named it a Bar of the Week. On the atmosphere: " Swine is all about grabbing a great bite of some high quality food without the stuck up feeling of dining at NYC's finer establishments. The top floor features the wine-laden bar, a slew of two-tops and even a Fun House pinball machine that still creeps us out." [Lift Luxe]

The Terrifying Combo News: High praise @ChefTravieso, but this combination is a little scary: "Bone marrow plus Jameson equals bone marrow luge @swinenyc quickly becoming best place." [Twitter]

The Gaming News: All of the Foursquare tips are positive so far, like this one: "beer & fruit basket: brooklyn gin, creme de cassis, lemon bitters, allagash white. ps, they have ferreira port! and games. and awesome music. luv!" [FourSquare]

The Damn Good News: Another Yelper writes: "At first blush, Swine seems yet another restaurant simply opening to take advantage of a craze - in this case, the current obsession with meat driven menus. This particular menu reads like an amalgamation of a Texas state fair and Chelsea trendsetters: Potato Chip Nachos or Lardo? Swine Chop with crispy fingerlings or Foie Gras Torchon? As someone who's nearly exclusively carnivorous, I was excited, but having been disappointed by other, similar concepts, my skepticism tempered said excitement. To forgo the foreshadowing: believe the hype. This place is damn good." [Yelp]

· All Coverage of Swine [~ENY~]


531 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 212-255-7675


531 Hudson Street, New York, NY

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