I could go to any restaurant in NYC. I work hard and food is generally what I choose to spend the fruits of that labor on. Among all of the innovative culinary meccas in this city, at the end of the day I really just want a bourbon on the rocks and some fried food in a place where I can be loud with my friends. Brother Jimmy's does that for me.
This place isn't breaking the boundaries of food. It's just a good reliable bar with food that is much better than it needs to be. They have 3 locations in Manhattan all in high traffic areas. The spaces are huge, with multiple levels and dining rooms. You'll see southern knick knacks and sports memorabilia on the walls. The girls who work there wear clothing that barely covers their private parts. The crowd is young. The 22 year old me loved coming here to meet newly graduated frat boys. You'll also see lots of large post-work groups here for happy hour. Live music is frequent and pitchers of beer abound.
Now for the food, I'm a huge fan admittedly. The menu is southern inspired with lots of bar classics, BBQ, and fried goodies layered in. Their barbecue wings are huge and addictively delicious. I have been known to take down two baskets of the best fried pickles I've ever had at their bar. Fried catfish bites, pimento cheese dip, and loaded cheese fries are some things I'd 100% recommend drunk snacking upon.
Like any great bar they have a myriad of sandwich options. I giggled at the giant thick slabs of bologna on their sandwich with relish and mustard. It's surprisingly good & tastes like childhood. They offer freshly ground juicy burgers and perfectly crispy fried catfish sandwiches. My favorite is the insanely spicy hot chicken with pickles. Sop up that last bit of alcohol with an adorable cup of banana pudding. I honestly don't know why I'm not there right now. Here's what we had:
PIMENTO CHEESE DIP - saltines, hot peppers & pickles
FRICKLES - w/horseradish sauce
CATFISH BITES- cornmeal crusted & served w/homemade roasted tomato sauce
LOADED FRIES - pulled chicken. topped w/cheese, diced tomatoes, our original BBQ sauce & ranch
BBQ WINGS - cut wings dusted w/our southern rub, smoked & basted w/our special sauce
COUNTRY CATFISH- fried w/roasted tomato tartar sauce, avocado & tomato. served on Texas toast
SMOKED BOLOGNA - w/mustard-mayo & pickle relish on Texas Toast
DIXIE HOE CAKE - pulled pork. piled high on top a corncake w/cole slaw & chipotle BBQ sauce
NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN - extra spicy, served on Texas toast w/extra pickles
MAC N' CHEESE
Address: 116 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003