The Pandering Pig is the best kept secret in the beautiful undercover neighborhood of Hudson Heights. Plating up thoughtfully-sourced inventive renditions of classic French dishes with a distinctively Northern California mix, coined by owner Executive Chef Nicole O’Brien and her husband Wine Director Senator O’Brien as “FreNoCal,” meaning Sonoma-influenced French Northern Californian cuisine. Chef Nicole and Senator have brought their love of music and theater to create this one-of-a-kind dining experience providing New Yorkers with the ultimate culinary oasis.
Executive Chef Nicole/Owner was born and raised in Marin County, California, where she grew up in the kitchen cooking with her mom from the cookbooks of Julia Child and James Beard, soaking up each recipe. At her family home in Marin and then in Sonoma, meals were abundant with local organic California ingredients and dinnertime was always the main event. In New York City she took on the position as a private chef creating healthy gourmet meals for a celebrity clientele with very specific palates. Stumbling upon an available restaurant space in her own Hudson Heights neighborhood three years ago, she was determined to make it her own. Through the support of her husband, Senator O’Brien and an angel investor, Chef O’Brien took her passion for cooking and created a truly original dining experience bringing The Pandering Pig to life in 2015.
Senator O’Brien/Owner expertly curated rotating wine and beverage program, takes one on an adventure traveling from France to Northern California with a few stops along the way. Highlights are prominent on the list with whites including a 2015 Balverne Chardonnay from Russian River Valley, a 2016 Le Merle Blanc de Château Clarke Bordeaux from France and a Château Grand Boise Rose from Provence. Reds include a 2014 Acumen Mountainside Red from Napa Valley, a 2014 Roth Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma and a 2010 Château Ramafort Medoc from France. Unique spirit selections include a single malt whiskey from France and a variety of bubbly options.Guests will find a large selection of artisanal beer, including La Chouffe from Belgium, Pandering Pig Pilsner from Germany, a Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout from England and Californian beers such as Anchor Lager and Brewer’s Pale Ale from Anchor Brewing.