Since Michelin started printing its guide to New York City in 2005, restaurant’s in the five boroughs have been living and dying by that little red book. And for nearly that entire time—roughly 10 whole years—April Bloomfield's renowned, West Village gastropub, the Spotted Pig, has been living, holding a prestigious one-star rating.
According to Eater, however, the Spotted Pig has just been relegated to Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list—a section of the guide that features restaurants where, hypothetically, one could order two courses and a glass of wine for $40. While that all sounds great, the only problem is that restaurants included on the Bib Gourmand list aren’t awarded those coveted Michelin stars, and lose out on a heavy portion of the prestige.
While a place on the Bib Gourmand may spell disappointment for restaurants like the Spotted Pig—a Manhattan mainstay that has often teetered on the edge of fine dining and more casual pub fare—other New York eateries are excited at the prospect of being left off the list. Untitled, Danny Meyer's vegetarian-friendly restaurant inside the Whitney Museum, was left off the Bib Gourmand list, hinting that it may have found a spot in the official guide. Fine dining fans won't find out for sure, however, until the Michelin guide is officially released next Friday.
Regardless of the restaurant’s status among Michelin critics, it’s unlikely that things will change at the Spotted Pig too dramatically. Since 2005, the restaurant has existed as both an anomaly in the guide book—a list traditionally reserved for white tablecloth establishments—and one of the most popular restaurants in the city, with customers waiting hours for a table.
As Michelin possibly moves back towards tradition, we're guessing New York City’s diners aren't going to abandon Bloomfield's famous Roquefort burgers that easily.
After all, the Spotted Pig is still one of Kanye's favorite restaurants.