The gist: Chef Matt Abdoo, the former chef de cuisine at Del Posto and partner/chef at Pig Beach in Gowanus Brooklyn, brings his eye for Italian and barbecue to the new Pig Bleecker in Greenwich Village. He's joined by the entire founding Pig Beach team, including Rob Shawger, Michael Greenlee (formerly Gotham Bar & Grill), Shane McBride (chef de cuisine at Balthazar) and Ed McFarland (owner Ed’s Lobster Bar).
Nduja sausage cavatelli
The food: This is not your typical barbecue spot, offering a menu full of upscale and Italian twists courtesy of Abdoo's experience in a variety of kitchens. Comfort-style sides include pigs in a blanket with Pig Beach mustard and artisan sausage, plus housemade meatballs with smoked mozzarella. Cod cheeks are served Rhode Island–style with tart vinegar peppers and crispy country ham. Signature mains include a smoked pork chop served with peach habanero jam; cavatelli with nduja sausage, chile and clams; a large format tomahawk steak and short ribs; and brisket ravioli with truffle butter, an early standout. There are also some seafood dishes and vegetarian options.
The drinks: Head bartender Sarah Morrisey (of Dear Irving and Dutch Kills) has created a large range of seasonal craft cocktails. The winter julep features rye, alpine and mint, while the “I’m on Fire” is spicier with tequila, ginger and ancho verde. Also look for rotating seasonal punches, a strong global wine list and craft beer from local spots like Other Half Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery. Not to be overlooked either is the buckeye milkshake, based on the classic Ohio peanut butter and chocolate treat, which can be spiked.
The space: The snug interior of Pig Bleecker mixes industrial and rustic elements. The corner spot gets plenty of sunshine from large windows and the tall ceilings lend a bit of airiness to the otherwise cozy space. There’s a rustic wood table, whitewashed brick walls and vintage light fixtures, along with an antique marble bar top. Keep an eye out for the 20-ft. tall shelves of stacked firewood.
The details: 155 Bleecker St.; 646-756-5115; open 5:30 PM–11 PM; lunch and late-night service in the works