The Spotted Pig
This West Village hotspot has been a celebrity magnet since it opened in 2004. Famed British chef April Bloomfield complements her world-class English and Italian fare with an incredible beer list at “New York City’s first gastropub.” The atmosphere is quintessentially British, with pig-themed décor littered across the walls. Be sure to try the Spotted Pig Bitter Cask Ale (paired with the mouthwatering chicken liver toast), which is made exclusively for the restaurant. Other favorites include the chargrilled burger with roquefort cheese and sheep’s milk ricotta gnudi with brown butter. As for the best time to visit? During the holidays, when it serves as a cozy escape from the bitter cold, and is adorned with Christmas lights and greenery.