This Little Piggy: Swine Opens in the West Village

There’s a new pig in town that has taken up residence in the bustling land of the West Village. Enter, Swine, a rustic-American restaurant partially owned by Cris Criswell and John McNulty, formerly of Perilla and Joseph Leonard, with chef Phil Conlon heading the kitchen.

“Swine is a happy middle ground for people who want a good glass of wine in a lively, unpretentious environment, along with snacks or a full meal,” said Conlon, who used to cook at Café Cluny and Extra Virgin. “The menu has a fair amount of pig, like the house-made charcuterie and the 16-ounce Swine Chop, but we really wanted something for everyone. So consequently there are plenty of vegetarian, gluten-free, and pork-free options on the menu.”

Swine also offers a late night haven in an area that lacks eateries open past midnight. Until 3am Monday through Saturday, it will dish out plates like duck fat cashews, pig’s head terrine, and house-made ricotta, with beer, wine, and cocktails, including the appropriate bacon-infused Old Overholt drink called Pig in the City. Inside, Swine channels a classic, rocker dive bar with messy-plastered walls, exposed brick walls, rustic shelving and bare-bones light fixtures. Of course, given it was designed by Jason Volenec who did Tertulia and La Esquina, it has sleekness to the grime. In case eating pork off a refurbished-ping-pong-ball table in a trendy new spot wasn’t enough, they also have a vintage pinball machine upstairs.