[Pigging by Wilfrid: March 3, 2014]
The single-dish restaurant craze is not as new as some would have you believe. Just in the East Village, you can trace it back beyond Wechsler's German sausages and This Little Piggy's beef sandwiches to the Caracas arepa bars.
But yes, we've seen an uptick, what with Baohaus, Empire Biscuit, Brookyln Piggies, and The Nugget Spot. Partly this is market/cart vendors coming down to earth (the Halal Guys are opening a restaurant on East 14th); partly it serves the neighborhood's booming dining demographic--thirsty students.