121 Ludlow St, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.719679 -73.988677
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
STAY AWAY!!!!! – First before i go into a long reason why you should never go to this place please know i never write reviews but i was so moved by how awful this place is to take time out of my day people not to go.
ok so to start the food is good....this is the only positive thing i can say about this place.
First there is no AC (they claim it was on our entire table was about to die from heat stroke). The food then came super late and all of our meals came at different times so one persons meal would come out then 15 mins later maybe yours is next (repeat until all 6 of us have our food). Which is fine sometimes things happen so we were all cool not giving our server a hard time...its not her fault.
So we ate and as i mentioned the food is good. So we now want to leave and ask for the check....wait 15 mins and it does not come so we ask again...wait another 15 still no check. Finally one of our party gets up to go and get it again. So she asks our server to get our check and the server said the reason we didn't get our check is because no one wrote down our order OR has it written down anywhere. So we repeat the order to her so we could leave (at this point we have been here literally three hours for a party of six and we were just anxious to get out). The thing is no one was even being unreasonable - we just asked politely for the check and repeated our order so we could pay. When my friend said she would prefer to wait for the check by the front instead of going back to our table the owner started yelling at her more and calling us names. Then he actually said don't ever come here again and we don't need your business. He told us to write bad reviews so here i am. Unless you want to be treated like trash and wait over an hour for your food would come out i would avoid this place at all costs. Yes, its byob but there is a really cute byob Thai place right next door tcalled Eat-pisode which is amazing so go there instead.
awesome pizza, great place – This hole in the wall pizza place is fantastic. The pizzas are the product of the owner's creativity and they are all delicious. The fig pizza and the the tarte flambe deserve special recognition: the flavors are out of this world and cooked to perfection. The owner and his wife, the only main workers in the restaurant, take special care to make sure your dining experience is as enjoyable as possible. We came with a group of four people and by the end of the night, the owner, Marty, had pulled up a chair, and we were all drinking together and enjoying the night. This is a great restaurant to bring a couple bottles of wine, relax, and enjoy some awesome pizza. It was a great dining experience. We will definitely be back.
Sweetness Pizza Joint – My roomates set up a small gathering for my birthday at Chickie's last night and it truly was a great time. Marty, chef and owner of "the pig" couldnt have been more helpful with everything and the food was terrific. Marty started the night off with calamari which I heard was amazing(i cant eat it as im allergic to shellfish) as were the prosciutto and mozzarella and ricotta rounds. He made pizzas for us that rival any pizza ive ever had. The steak pizza was very good as was the "meat" pie.
As good as the food was the service was what did it for me. Marty, his wife Elizabeth and their daughter couldnt have been nicer and they were friendly and on point. They welcomed the idea of 15 of us bringing in alot of wine and beers and allowed us to enjoy the night. Anything we need they brought..example, they allowed us to use their personal fridges to keep our extra drinks cold.
It was truly a great night and I am grateful my roommates found the place because I will be going to "the Pig" for years.
Pros: great service, prosciutto rounds, atmosphere is top notch
Cons: I honestly didnt find one.
Great Pizza, Superb Atmosphere – This was one of the better pizza joints I've been to recently. Artisanal hand crafted pizzas using the best possible ingredients. Stopped by with a buddy and was really surprised. Has a real nice rustic ambiance with choice art decorating exposed brick walls. The owner and his wife put tremendous heart into the food and are really nice. Go here for some excellent gourmet pizza that is reasonably priced. And for now it is BYOB so with September Wines right next door this is a great place to meet with friends or on a date and drink some good wine.
Lovely Experience For My Birthday. – I am a poor planner. I had a bunch of friends coming into town for my birthday last weekend and tried to make reservations for a BYO place in the city unsuccessfully all week (we wanted to bring some of our own wine to celebrate). Then I remembered Chickie Pig's and called Saturday - they took our reservation for 8 when I called Saturday afternoon with no problem - I don't think they knew they were absolute lifesavers! Service was great. My boyfriend and I went a few weeks ago and had a similiar experience. The owner (I think he is?) is really jolly and will make recommendations and ensure you love your food. I love this place. It's quickly becoming my favorite BYO in the L.E.S. over Eatpisode next door which is getting too crowded for its little space. :)
PS: If you are not a vegetarian, get the steak pizza! You won't regret it, it's amazing.
Terrible atmosphere, below average food! – The atmosphere is dismal, the pizza was OK but the pasta was terrible. Service was awful. My meal arrived before my friend's meal and I was already completely finished with my meal by the time her meal arrived. This place is not worth your time or money. There is NOTHING positive about this restaurant.
Whoever wrote this review, and I think I know who it is, wrote 2 reviews on the same day (2/19/08) and both places happen to have the word "Pig" in their names and both are quite negative. I can certainly appreciate a serious critique of my place and I honestly try to learn something from all reviews good or bad. This review however appears to be vindicative and rude and I would give my eye teeth to learn something about how I could make my place better from it. Unfortunately this type of review just seems to yell out to everyone that "this place sucks" without really giving too much detail on why this person had such a bad experience.Take what you want from it but please don't take it seriously. We're not.
Charming Casual Gem – For me, this place had all that i could want in a pizza joint:
-Great pizza (It's oval which is gimmicky, but fun) Fresh, old-school type toppings, excellent crust.
-Very Friendly Staff/Owners...Never hesitated to tell the story of the name and idea for the place, even though I'm sure they are sick of telling it.
-Cozy, but comfortable atmosphere (you can even write your name on the exposed brick wall)
-A great deal package (20$ for salad, apps, and all you can eat pizza pies)
They have been open for only a few months now, and hope they can maintain, and stay open for many years to come. The owners seem honest, hardworking, and completely refreshing in a NYC eatery scene lacking an abundance of such. Go check it out for a casual gathering with friends, you won't be disapointed.
Great Pizza, Great People! – This place has amazing pizzas! They are different, original and delicious. And not only that, but most importantly, the service is great and the owner is fantastic! He's the nicest person and he's increadibly passionate about his pizzas. My suggestion: don't even look at the menu and just hear him describe each pizza and how he makes it.. You'll want to order them all. I got a spicy virgin pizza with prosciutto and it was amazing. All the ingredients were fresh and it was perfectly made. It's a great place to come with friends, a few bottles of wine, and eat amazing pizzas. And don't forget to write your name on the wall before you leave!
Wonderful ambience, exquisite pizza!!!!!!!!! – We spent Valentine's Day at this restaurant. The moment you walk through the door you can smell the light, fluffy dough that is the staple of every pizza, from the wonderful virgin pizza (the freshest tomato sauce and parmesan cheese), to the suprisingly delicious fig and gorgonzola cheese pizza. We were lucky enough to have the chef come over and talk about the menu, and you could see the thoughtfulness and care that laced each pizza creation. Hearing him speak was reminiscent of Laura Esquivel's "Like Water for Chocolate" where each dish absorbs the emotion of its creator, and each dish for this man was special, delicious not only due to the combination of ingredients, but to the quality of each ingredient. The fig jam that was in my pizza is home made with a balsamic vinegar reduction, and its mealy texture is the perfect complement to the warm and gooey gorgonzola cheese that melts in your mouth. We were the last ones to leave, and yet the owners insisted we stay a bit longer so that we could finish our bottle of wine (it is fortunately a BYOB) in the comfort of the warm and resplendent atmosphere. All in all, our experience couldn't have been more perfect, and we've already made a reservation to come back next week.
Are these people serious? – I find it difficult to believe that all of these rave reviews are legit. I will concede that I have only had pizza here once, and it was delivered (and cold), so perhaps that affected the quality, but I have to say that it was so bad that I am unwilling to give it another try.
I was truly hoping to have found an authentic italian style pizza place in the neighborhood (besides Pala, which I do like quite a bit, but not always what I'm looking for), but this place ain't it.
The pizza was perhaps one of the worst I have had anywhere, either here, or in Italy. I lived in Rome for a couple of years, and there was nothing about this pizza that comes close to what you can get there. The crust was horrid, the sauce tomato soupy, it was bad bad bad all around.
I also ordered the beet and goat cheese salad. This a basic common salad, how could they possibly screw it up? Well, they managed. Lack of any kind of dressing, even the lightest tossing of olive oil. Incredibly bland.
It's a shame that what could be such a potentially good place can't manage to do the one thing they do well.
I guess it's back to Lil Frankies delivery for the time being.
My wife and I went through all of our receipts for the week previous to this review and could not find a single "delivery order" where someone purchased a "sauce pie" and a beet salad together in a single delivery order. From reading the contents, it appears to be an endorsement more of my competition than an honest review. We always add dressing to our beet salad. The sauce we use is made of San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy. We have never been told that our sauce was soupy. If anything, our sauce is chunky and delicious. I, as the owner of this place, make every batch of sauce myself, as well as every pizza myself. While it is true that when we are crowded, it might take some time to deliver a pizza, and the service will subsequently suffer, we have never been told that our pizza was the worst they had ever had. Isn't it somewhat funny that after all of these great reviews someone would come along and try to convince the world how bad our pizza is? This review is simply BS
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