Spotted Pig this Saturday
What is the best time to show up at TSP on a Saturday night? I'm happy to wait for an hour and have a couple of drinks—but I'm not willing to wait for two hours. It's my first time, so any menu recs would be well appreciated, too. Thanks!
Don't do it! Maybe have a drink, look at what's being served. Other than the gnudi, you may not be tempted. At 6 the wait shouldn't be bad, anyway. Maybe hit Little Owl for your main course.
No idea about when to go, but I highly recommend their beer, maybe it has bitter in teh name? Also I loved the chicken liver toast.
In my limited experience with both (3 or 4 visits each) you'll have much better luck getting seated without a reservation at the Spotted Pig than at Little Owl, even that early. Also, consider sitting at the bar for Spotted Pig--you can seat yourself and they offer the full menu.
In addition to the gnudi at Spotted Pig, I am a big fan of the roquefort burger.
If you want to be sure to not have a horrendous wait at the Spotted Pig, I'd show up at 5:30. As for the Little Owl rec, for a saturday night you need to make a reservation at least two weeks in advance, in my experience, and the one time I showed up early on a weekend night without one, they said the wait would be at least 2 hours -- if they could squeeze us in at all.
I like the Pig and agree with above recs - gnudi, burger, chicken liver toast. I like their bloody marys and their beer selection. Agree completely about the time - I would call and see what time they do first seating and go then.