THE SPOTTED PIG
Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield opened The Spotted Pig ten years ago (happy birthday to us!) in the heart of the West Village. New York City's first gastropub has been a local favorite ever since. The Spotted Pig has earned many accolades, including a Michelin Star for seven years in a row for April's seasonal British and Italian cooking…and a whole lot of love.
Pull up a stool at one of the two bars where cask conditioned ales, an eclectic wine list and signature cocktails are served, or settle in at a table, and dig into April’s satisfying, savory, elegant cooking.
THE BRESLIN BAR & DINING ROOM
In 2009, April and Ken opened The Breslin Bar & Dining Room in the Ace Hotel in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. The Breslin earned a Michelin star, wonderful press, and the adoration of our regulars (and new guests, too!).
The hearty, meat-centric menu at The Breslin has a strong emphasis on artisanal products, small growers, and seasonality. We love “nose-to-tail” cooking. Try our handmade terrines, sausages, and charcuterie and you’ll see why. Rich, salty, roasted flavors make us—and you, we hope!—happy.
THE JOHN DORY OYSTER BAR
The John Dory Oyster Bar is April and Ken’s casual and cheery seafood spot at New York’s Ace Hotel. Located on the corner of Broadway and 29th Street, the JDOB captures the lively feel of a turn-of-the-century oyster bar. Pull up a stool and dig into small & sharable seafood dishes, cocktails from Sasha Petraske of Milk & Honey, and a selection of incredible wines.
Shortly after opening in January 2011, the John Dory Oyster Bar received a glowing two-star review from The New York Times, followed by plenty of press. Our real reward is making your day or evening so much better with fresh, flavorful seafood, perfect drinks, and good company.
Avid taco fans, April and Ken made the dream of owning their own taqueria a reality when they opened Salvation Taco in the Pod 39 Hotel in 2012. Named after the space, a former Salvation Army, the bar features a menu of snacks, appetizers, tacos & tortas, as well as larger dishes served family style. Lovingly-crafted cocktails from Sam Anderson (formerly of Hotel Delmano) make the experience even better.
The warm, bright space is filled with terracotta floors, brick walls and colorful tiled tabled. Two ping-pong tables await, as does a roof with stunning NYC views. Salvation Taco has lovely alcoves for parties and events. See you there for some crazy-good tacos and margaritas (and so, so much more).
April and Ken reopened Tosca Cafe in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood this fall, the duo's first restaurant outside of New York City. Tosca aims to honor the heritage of the beloved San Francisco institution.
Renovations to the 92-year-old space honor the charm and character made famous by former owner Jeannette Etheredge. Red leather banquettes, a four-foot tall espresso machine, a jukebox (which offers opera tunes only, for a quarter each) and piano keep their original places, and a bright red, vintage Italian slicer now sits behind the bar for charcuterie plates assembled in plain view of the dining room.
Tosca hasn't served food since the 1960s—so the kitchen got a total overhaul. In the kitchen, Bloomfield and chef de cuisine Josh Even, a veteran of Bloomfield and Friedman's restaurants, make true magic. They serve a menu of sharable Italian dishes meant to go with drinks (after all, Tosca will always be first a bar!).
Local bartender Isaac Shumway (Bourbon & Branch) mixes new cocktail creations, while also paying homage to Tosca's famous house cappuccino, a holdover from Prohibition times made with chocolate, steamed milk and a shot of brandy. Randall Grahm, the legendary winemaker behind the Bonny Doon Vineyard in Santa Cruz, California, oversees the wines -- the first restaurant list for him -- with Ceri Smith, owner of San Francisco's Italian wineshop Biondivino. The pair places an emphasis on selections from Northern California's wine country as well as Italian bottles. Cheers!