New Restaurant, Swine, Opens in New York City's West Village
Yesterday, July 30, marked the grand opening of the West Village’s newest epicurean addition, Swine. The 70-seat, two-level restaurant and bar is an edgy yet sophisticated establishment, adorned with a vintage pinball machine and a repurposed communal ping-pong table. "We wanted to bridge the gap between a laid-back, neighborhood joint, and a finer dining experience," said owner John McNulty.
Chef Phil Conlon, who formerly worked at Café Cluny and Extra Virgin, carefully designed Swine’s menu, choosing dishes that would pair nicely with a variety of wines. According to Swine's spokesperson, the menu is "a compilation of the food [Conlon] likes to eat, and food that would pair well with wine."
As the name suggests, Swine (a play on words for pork and wine) offers a wide array of pork dishes, including crispy pig’s head terrine, pork belly with sweet chile glaze and spicy pickled cabbage, and pork rillettes with apricot mostarda. Swine offers plenty of fish, poultry, and vegetable options as well.
"The food and drink at Swine, like the interior, will be accessible though refined," said McNulty.
Swine offers an affordable selection of wines from around the world, with 14 wines available by the glass (prices range from $5 to $16) and four wines on tap. Fourteen wines will also be available by the half-bottle, and 70 by full bottle.
For diners that want to linger into the wee hours of the night, Swine is open until 3 a.m., filling a niche in a hot spot neighborhood that has few late-night dining options. Swine is currently only open for dinner and late-night feasting, but they plan to serve brunch and lunchtime fare in the future.