Just a couple of months after Gowanus barbecue joint Pig Beach converted itself into a seasonal burger joint, the restaurant remains on Eater’s “heat map” of the hottest restaurants in Brooklyn. Now, good news for Manhattanites: You’ll no longer have to persevere the F train to get a taste of it. Pig Beach just opened a Greenwich Village outpost.
For Pig Bleecker, Shane McBride (Balthazar) and Ed McFarland (Ed’s Lobster Bar) leaned on partner Matt Abdoo, who spent eight years at Mario Batali’s high-rolling Chelsea restaurant, Del Posto, to expand the hum-drum barbecue menu to feature “smoke-centric comfort food.” The Batali influence shows in smoked cod fritters, meatballs with smoked mozz, and brisket ravioli. Abdoo is also taking the Nashville-style hot chicken trend to the next level by offering a whole fried bird with cheese grits and honey.
Thanks to Michael Greenlee (former wine director at Gotham Bar and Grill and Le Cirque), there’s a proper wine list complete with wallet-walloping “reserve” options. The cocktail program is overseen by Sarah Morrissey of Dear Irving and Dutch Kills. Just to make sure things don’t get too bespoke, there are also boozy milkshakes. Here’s a look at the Little Pina’s Pisco Punch, made with dehydrated coconut milk, pineapple, and pisco infused with black coconut tea.
The corner space that used to house another Brooklyn import, Bark, is now kitted out with a rustic communal table, a big ol’ bull’s head, industrial light fixtures, and midcentury-ish furniture. All in all, the vibe is reminiscent of a tasteful lardcore spot in Charleston.We’ll post the menu for you when we get it in a bit.
155 Bleecker St., at Thompson; open Tuesday to Sunday from 5:30pm to 11pm.