Can I ask the age old question about SP? Is it worth the wait. I have friends that say it is amazing and then some that say its not worth it. Lets talk about it.
Not worth more than a 20 min wait. Been here 3 times and never leave more impressed that a standard pub.
i was there yesterday for lunch. i arrived a little after 2 p.m. and the lunch crowd was just filtering out. highly recommend you arrive at off hours when staff throttles back and the vibe becomes more pleasant and friendly. had the burger and string fries with a super cask ale (pulled). i'd go back.
i loved it when it first opened and things were semi-manageable. i went about 2 months back on a friday night and waited nearly 2 1/2 hours for a table. i drank with friends at turks and frogs but it was still ridiculously stupid.
finally got seated at 9:30 or so and had delicious chicken liver on toast and gnuddi...but the burger was so oversalted, i had to complain. the waitress apologized and said that 'when the place is busy, the kitchen messes up a lot.'
the house cask ale is crap too.
Pass. Conventional wisdom, as I hear it, is the food isn't particularly good, except the gnudi, and the wait is torturous. If you want to rub elbows with Jay_Z or other Rap stars who get the table you had reserved, go ahead, but I find the place a perfect example of the emperor's new clothes. Sorry to be so blunt, and I say this with respect for people who think it's a good time. I live for beer,but hate every one they have on tap.
This may not answer the question completely but...spotted pig seems to be a "cravings" type of place. I have eaten there a number of times and had all the local favorites and honestly, don't care for it too much. But had the brussel sprouts once and they were the greatest things ever (not huge fan in general) and could not stop going back for them.
Point is: of the many restaurants i have been in NYC, this one, i would accept no one's opinion but my own. You may just have to bite the bullet.
(speaking of regular meal times and waits)