Dinner by Candlelight at the Spotted Pig
A check of the two dozen or so West Village restaurants still open without electricity and operating by candlelight indicates that very few of them are actually serving food. Nevertheless, most were one-third to one-half full, often with drinkers from other neighborhoods who had traveled by foot, limited subway, and bicycle to experience the blackout conditions in the neighborhood.
Exceptions included a strip of three restaurants on Perry Street between Hudson and Greenwich: Spasso, Aria Wine Bar, and Left Bank. With nearly a full menu, Spasso was jammed with diners - at one point there was a waiting line in front; Aria was full, too, offering a more ambitious bill of fare than usual; while Left Bank was offering a limited menu, and, deeper in the darkness away from Hudson Street, had fewer customers.
While Mary's Fish Camp - which had been open the night before - was now closed, and Agave, The Windsor, Gusto, Fiddlesticks, and Wilfie & Nell could manage no food whatsoever, Diablo Royale, decorated as if for a Satanic Mass with hundreds of tall bodega candles, managed to turn out some magnificent skirt-steak nachos, and also offered a range of quesadillas. I met a pair who had sojourned down from the Upper West Side, first by subway to 34th Street, and then on foot, to take in the conditions in Greenwich Village, and have a drink.
Spotted Pig had re-opened the day before, offering a limited menu consisting of a single soup, a sandwich, a frittata, and a couple of bar munchies. A friend and I decided to dine there. Around 6:30, instead of the thronged first and second floors we would have usually encountered, the main floor was about half full, lit by dozens of votive candles in various colors. The atmosphere was agreeably chill, though the room was warm.
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