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: East Village, Downtown
Wine drinkers relish bordello elegance at this red-drenched bar and coffee shop. – At night, the neon street sign's red glow pours in through the front window and washes this coffee and wine bar in crimson. Soulful songs set a sultry mood and blend with the bordello decor of dripping candles, copper-sheeted walls, mirrors and scarlet chandeliers. The tight crops of marble-topped tables are worth pinching through to sink into one of the plush antique armchairs. While night-hawk Europeans and regular locals linger late, readers and writers get comfortable when slower daytimes illuminate its coffee shop qualities.
Wines by the glass – The Bourgeois Pig has, by far, the most wines offered by the glass. I tend to jump all over the place with my wine selections, and when there is a huge selection, there's a lot of jumping. Granted, all the wine is from France, but there is about three pages of just red wines by the glass, so there is a lot of variety. Nice atmosphere, easy for talking and lounging. Really enjoyed this place, and will be going back.
Wine! Wine! Wine! – Half price bottles of wine on Monday and Tuesday nights makes me a fixture at this beautiful local spot. The doorguy, Frank, is really sweet, and even when we can't get a table right away he makes sure to get our names and a phone number and gives a call. The girls on the floor are super sweet. I don't recommend coming in with your nose in the air about policy-- not seating full parties is normal, and in comparison to some places where you can't wear a hat or talk loudly (and they do exist), the Pig is totally reasonable. The crowd is always really easy going & pleasant, just like the atmosphere. The music is another part that is awesome, its all Eastern Europe gypsy and men who have smoked to many cigarettes singing about love.
The Pig is the Pig, And Alway Will Be. – This is a lovely wine spot, with an excellent list full of variety, and reasonably priced. Naturally a Friday or Saturday night is going to be hectic -- welcome to New York. I usually go during the week and have little to no trouble getting a table, after which I receive excellent service and good food and great drinks. This place offers more wines by the glass then I have seen at any other wine bar and does so without pretensions. They also experiment with cocktails, and experiment well. I'm a fan of the Port Flip. I'm not sure why everyone is so concerned with the owner; just sit down, eat some food, drink some wine, and be merry cause thats what the Bourgeois Pig is all about.
Owner is rude! Policies are a joke! – The owner is incredibly rude and has instituted the most absurd policies that his staff has to follow, most likely, because they fear him. The owner constantly 'told' people in a very nasty way to move even when the place was empty. They refused to sit someone who was waiting for only one other person because the rest of their party was not their yet - when the place was still completely empty at 6pm. I DO NOT recommend this place, there are too many other great places in this city! AVOID THIS PLACE.
Overrated cheese! – Last night 4 of us went to dinner at this restaurant. I called ahead to make a reservation because everywhere I had read they confirmed to make reservations...they don't. When I arrived at 9pm a very abnoxious doorman forcefully blocked the entrance and would not let me in. I just wanted to see if my friends had arrived. He took my cel and let me know he would call me. When we were later seated and received the menu we were impressed how limited it was and to find that the only food options on the menu were cheese, cheese and cheese. I love cheese but I had not read anywhere that it was a fondue only place. And the food definitely has a long way to go. Portions are small, cheese fondue was cold and the candles were so small we could not see what other dipping options we had apart from the bread ref veggies, frute etc. And we have seriously done better fondue at home. I have to say the service was ok, the waitress was attentive. And the bill? Not expensive given you don't get much anyway. I would not return nor would I recommend it.
Terrible Service – So my boyfriend and I decided to try this place out after hearing good things about it. We had a decent time and I decided to go back again with friends a few weeks later, on a Thursday around 9:30pm. Big mistake. When there was no one outside I walked in and was immediately told to go back outside so the obnoxious, spiky-haired doorman could see my ID. It was freezing outside and there was no one waiting to get in. He was so nasty and wouldn't even let me wait inside while my ID was cleared. Ridiculous. My party was only two blocks away so he reluctantly let me move toward the bar to wait when, all of a sudden, the owner comes running up from the other side of the bar, saying, "Whoa. Whoa. What's going on here? We can't have people waiting inside here." He was extremely rude, and even after I explained that my friends were literally a block away, he wouldn't even let me sit at the bar and order a drink until they came. So after being yelled at to get out I started walking to the door when he put his hand on my back and physically pushed me out the door. The place wasn't even that packed and there was plenty of room at the bar to sit and have a drink. The owner just seems way too uptight about how people can approach entering his amazingly overrated establishment. They need to get to get over themselves. By the way, I read everywhere online that they take reservations but when I called they said they don't. The food leaves much to be desired; the atmosphere is nothing to brag about (seriously, red wallpaper and a chandelier don't constitute as atmosphere); and the management is TERRIBLE. You can do much better than this place.
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