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 Executive Chef/Owner 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.
Chef Nicole 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.