111 E 7th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.726664 -73.984441
Sun-Thu: 5:00pm-2:00am Fri-Sat: 5:00pm-3:00am
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
Great date place! – The setting is intimate and the food is moderately priced. ...her name was Lauren. She was, and still is a beautiful woman, at one time, the voice of an angel, now, with the mind of a great!
Her smile would make me smile and her departure almost made me cry, but then I realized that real eyes realize real lies. And I found myself in a sea of sorrow for not being true to my adorin' Lauren
Intimate Speakeasy-like Wine Bar – An intimate date spot in the East Village, the Bourgeois Pig is an elusive-named den with an air of exclusivity. Stepping through a thick, velvet cloaked doorway, a hostess greets you with a doorman-like clipboard, asking you to wait at the jam-packed bar or outside for your table.
It is worth the wait, however. As the dark, red-hued speakeasy-like spot offers an exhaustive, thoughtful menu with specialty fondues, meats and cheeses, desserts and, of course specialty drinks.
The exotic wine cocktails, beer-mixes and high brow drinks are hard to get on Mondays and Tuesdays when your date's eyes are veering toward the half-off bottles of wine. Maybe that's just as well. Everyone seems better after a little vino.
Change for the better? – The Bourgeois Pig had been one of my favorite places to take guests when I lived in Manhattan. I have been out of the city for about 2 1/2 years now and upon my return I wanted to visit my favorite bar. It used to be my favorite place because of the good food (still amazing) and because of the cozy, small atmosphere. It wasn't rare to talk to everyone else at one of the small 5 or so tables and leave making some new connection. Now the place has expanded (good for them in these economic times!) and has lost a bit of the cozy feel. The service has improved though and I was impressed with the attention of all the staff and not just "our" server. We did have to wait a bit to get in but hey, it was worth the wait. My friend and I decided that it can't be compared to the "old" pig but it certainly will still be on my list when I have the chance to come into the city. Buyer beware that the prices seem to have grown with the business as well, still amazing.
Yuck! – The most unwelcoming place I've ever been to.
The nice, apologetic waitress couldn't possibly make up for the lousy vibe. (But thank you sweet for trying).
The owner called me a 'b-tch' – I tried to meet my husband here, but the owner Ravi Derossi wouldn't let me into the restaurant until he finished a cell phone call, then screamed "You're a b-tch!" when I told him we were leaving because he had been so rude. Maybe acting like a club bouncer and verbally abusing women is part of an attempt to create an edgy sort of exclusivity, but I prefer places that treat customers like human beings. Obviously, we won't be back.
THIS PLACE WILL ROCK YOUR SOCKS OFF – This a really great place. The wine selection is not to be beat. I went here on a lot of dates and it was charming and romantic. The service was really great and the no-standing room only policy means that the random people weren't constantly bumping into the table or trying to start up bar talk with me and my date. (Also the doorman is real hot and funny. And he has the greatest hats.)
AND THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT WHEEEEE ALL THE HOME... – Nestled in the heart of the East Village, The Pig's appealing decor (red velvet wallpaper, red neon lighting) is attractive and sexxy. Unfortunately, that is the only compliment I can give the establishment. We visited The Bourgeois Pig on a recent Monday night at 6:30 for birthday cocktails. After ordering a round of drinks that included champagne cocktails and bottles of wine, the management asked us to leave because our party exceeded 10 guests. (Our party consisted of 15 guests- all professional New Yorkers) He went on to rudely explain that they fear a party of +10 will "take over" the establishment, which seats 60. There were no apologies. There were no accommodations suggested. Just a simple and terse, "Your party is too big and you have to leave." The manager- who by the way, was dressed like a gay self-indulgent vampire- stood next to the door and glared at us as we finished our drinks and settled our bill. They would not accept our credit cards and insisted on a cash payment.
And then they had the audacity to charge us 20% gratuity.
What was intended to be a classy, elegant birthday celebration at The Bourgeois Pig was actually embarrassing and shameful.
Crammed, snobby, pretentious. Wannabes running the show. – THEIR NAME SAYS IT ALL. This place is just awful. We brought a bunch of people to celebrate a nice occasion on an idle Monday night and they literally asked us to leave after we had already kicked off the night with various drinks including bottles of wine because they were anticipating it might get busy later in the evening. Uh, we were there at 6pm! (and were an eclectic mix of 20s-30s from the city, seated at two tables and some at the bar, and everyone was ordering something). In addition, we had called a week in advance to let them know we were doing a happy hour gathering with guest info and were told no problem. Numerous members of our party either work or have worked in the industry for a number of years and they could not believe it. As a patron, I was shocked but also embarrassed by their crude and uncultivated ways. The little twit of a bar manager (you're not a Tenenbaum) with the disaffected attitude represents the worst of the nouveau faux-elite hipster graduate class of New York. Fortunately we went to another nearby spot to hang out and celebrate but this was such an unnecessary way to start off an evening of fun and drinks. Seriously, don't bother with this place (trust me, they won't care). Sooner of later, their cool-to-customers attitude ("come... go... whatever...") will leave these wannabe bourgeoisie to partake in what's left of stale beer and stench of decay all to their sweet selves. Ironically, we had some friends from Paris with us and they thought this place gave French people a bad name!
Bad food, rude service, amateurish wine list. Skip it! – When I walked in, I was very encouraged as the decor is tasteful, pretty and comfy. Unfortunately the decor turned out to be the only positive aspect of this cheezy place.
We had a few of the snack foods they offer (cheese plates etc.). Awful. They must shop at Kmart for frozen kraft.
The service was snooty and rude. As a native New Yorker nothing irks me more than snobby rude service from transplants from Iowa trying to be hipsters.
Finally, the wine list. I work as a wine buyer and we concentrate on French appellations, so I know what I am talking about. The list has no consistency, the prices are completely inflated (do they take their clientele for idiots?), and the choices are poor. This is definitely not a place for an oenophile!
I do not recommend this place. There are dozens of more enjoyable spots within 2 blocks! One star.
Great Place – Just went here on Monday with a couple of friends and had such an amazing time! We shared 3 bottles of wine and a huge cheese plate. I will most definitely be back again, especially since bottles are half off on Monday nights!
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