My husband and I were invited to dine at The Pandering Pig in October. We were very excited to get the opportunity to review a restaurant from our own neighborhood, and especially a spot where Lin-Manuel Miranda visits on occasion.
The Pandering Pig is a quaint little French and Californian inspired restaurant in the heart of Hudson Heights. Both owners were there; the chef and her husband who manages the restaurant. The two of them not only work in the neighborhood but they also live here. This makes the restaurant feel like going to dinner at a friend’s house with beautiful background music and a very cozy feel in the restaurant.
Not only is the feel of the restaurant beautiful but the food was so delicious. I might even dare to say, one of the best I have had the pleasure of reviewing to date.
We started the evening with a platter of pâté paired with two white wines, a Pinot Grigio and a Burgundy. The pâté was by far my favorite of the evening, and that should tell you something.
We then had bowls of the Red Lentil and Apricot Soup and the Seasonal Honey Squash Soup.
For entrees, we shared the Lamb Shank braised in white wine with polenta and the Short Rib Bourguignon served over parmesan garlic mashed potatoes. Both were mouthwatering delicious! Perfect for a night of dining out if you are too tired to make a homecooked meal but so perfectly flavored that you know you are dining in a restaurant.
We paired the entrees with two amazing wines that were both incredibly different, but both complemented the dishes: a Pomerol from 2012 and a Cabernet Sauvignon from 2014.
For dessert we shared their Chocolate Pie and the Upside-Down Cheesecake. I can honestly say the chef knows how to cook AND bake. The manager wanted to share something special with us and it was something I had not tried before: Calvados, an apple brandy which was so refreshing and perfect for a sweet dessert.
If you live in the neighborhood or are in the area, you should go check it out and support your local restaurant. Even if you don’t live in the area, you should visit. You won’t regret it, it is delicious!
The Pandering Pig
209 Pinehurst Ave
New York, NY 10033
Photos via The Pandering Pig and by Socially Superlative