The Flatiron district is as diverse as New York itself. This bustling neighborhood features popular restaurants, dynamic retail, superb educational institutions, and architectural highlights. The district is just a short stroll from either Grand Central Terminal or Penn Station.
The Hog Pit is a reprieve from the upscale restaurants and hip cafes scattered throughout the Flatiron neighborhood. It's a no-frills spot for cheap drinks and delicious Southern food.
The Hog Pit was originally a sister location to Hogs and Heifers in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan. Both were biker bars (get it, Hog Pit?), but the Hog Pit's focus was strictly on food. They offered unapologetically Southern cuisine including pig's feet, ribs, and chitterlings. In 2009, the Hog Pit's landlords tripled the barbecue joint's rent, effectively out this Meatpacking mainstay and replacing it with a Ralph Lauren store.
After going to the media regarding the rent increase, The Hog Pit put out a call for new locations. They finally found their home on 26th Street. When they moved in, they brought the same informal, townie-bar inspired decor and down-home Southern vibe. This is not a fancy bar. It's a place for eating and drinking with other people whose sole worry for the night is eating and drinking. Jeans are entirely appropriate, unlike many surrounding pubs, and if there's a big game on, you'll be happy to find a TV at the end of the bar.
The Hog Pit stays true to its mission to provide real Southern food to this day. Check out the menu for Po'Boys, Blackened Catfish, and Chicken Fried Steak. Each dish seems to be full of butter, seasoning, and love -- just like granny would have made it. If granny happened to be from Alabama.
If that's not enough to make this worth the stop, the $3 dollar PBRs and $5 dollar well drinks definitely are.
Cover Photo Credit: Nikki Yeager