Southern/soul

Mr. White

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Overview:

An upscale take on New Orleans fare in a decorous setting with a white-trimmed bar and chef's counter.

Information:

Address: 123 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (212) 510-7229

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$$


 

Maysville

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Overview:

Southern-inspired eats paired with a lengthy whiskey selection from a lofty backlit bar.

Information:

Address: 17 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

Phone:  (646) 490-8240

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Price: $$-$$$


 

Opry City Stage

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Overview:

An avenue away from Times Square you will find the new, massive Opry City Stage.  Inspired by the Grand Ole Opry, City Stage presents a broad range of great country music. Come for live shows and enjoy food provided by Blue Ribbon. The menu features southern classics and barbecue including Nashville hot chicken, pulled pork, gumbo, fried chicken and catfish. Great for a night out with a group. 

Information:

Address1604 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Phone: (212) 388-5565

Neighborhood: Midtown West

Price: $$-$$$


 

Pretty Southern

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Overview:

Pretty Southern is a cozy Greenpoint spot form the mind of chef Sam Talbot. The space is small and bright, with a colorful outdoor area complete with a large quirky mural. The menu is all southern comfort food - meaning it's all terrible for you - but done so extremely well that it is genuinely worth every calorie. Talbot has put a modern spin on a laundry list of dishes fit to cure any hangover. There is a grilled pimento cheese & tomato sandwich, flaky biscuits, and some of the greatest skillet mac & cheese ever created. Chicken comes fried or rotisserie style in all sizes. Southern style desserts like banana cream pudding and a full bar round out a visit. For picky eaters out there, you can actually find a good amount of vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options as well. 

Information:

Address14 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Phone:  (718) 349-2967

Neighborhood: Greenpoint

Price: $$-$$$


 

33 Greenwich  

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Overview:

33 Greenwich joined the restaurant-filled area of the West Village in the Spring of 2017. The roomy space is clad in black-and-silver wallpaper and artwork everywhere you look. Inside the 90 seat venue are multiple distinct rooms including a bar and large patio area for outdoor dining. The southern-leaning menu has tons of options to fill you up and cure those comfort food cravings. I'm talking stick to your ribs fried chicken for two, gouda grits, a meatloaf burger, and a muffaletta board. Portions are large and although I wouldn't go here when I was on a diet, that shouldn't stop anyone. Very tasty neighborhood spot. 

Information:

Address: 33 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

Phone:  (646) 609-3615

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$$


 

Root & Bone


Overview

Holy fucking comfort food! Root & Bone has been a neighborhood favorite of mine & hoards of others since opening 3 years ago. Opened by two Top Chef alum formerly of Yardbird in Miami, the restaurant offers a taste of the south. The interior is casual and looks like it was built for a lifestyle Instagram account (i.e. distressed wood, white washed brick and tin ceilings). The menu will cure any hangover or fried food craving you could experience. Think flaky biscuits, creamy shrimp & grits, skillet mac n' cheese type of cravings. They have a phenomenal basket of fried chicken; unique because of its sweet tea brine and lemon dust. This food isn't just gluttony for the sake of gluttony. These are the kind of calories clearly prepared with love and are worth every heart stopping bite. 

Information:

Address: 200 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009

Phone:     (646) 682-7076

Neighborhood: East Village   

Website:  http://www.rootnbone.com/

Price: $$ 


 

Sweet Chick

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I’ll just say it – I think chicken & waffles are stupid. It makes no sense to me, these two things have no logical business being together. It’s like someone was just like “Look! Two things that are really bad or you, lets serve them on the same plate.” Maybe it’s because I’m not from the south. Or, maybe it’s because that dish is heavy, beige, & awkward to eat. Regardless, it’s not for me. However, Sweet Chick, who is known for their version of the dish managed to convince me otherwise.

Sweet chick has two locations. You can visit them in Williamsburg or the Lower East Side. The decor is casual and laid back. It's the kind of neighborhood joint you could visit regularly and always feel at home. Lots of distressed wood, exposed brick & booze on display. They have great cocktails and beer to fuel you through an evening. The staff is kind without the normal "fuck off" attitude you normally find from staff in those two neighborhoods. 

The grub is southern inspired. You’ll find a whole menu of classic, well executed staples from the part of the US that fries and drowns all their food in butter (nothing wrong with that). Their appetizer selection includes a number of biscuit sliders including crab cake, chicken, pulled pork & duck. The biscuits were the perfect combination of dense and flaky. The chicken & waffles are exactly what you want. The chicken is crispy and juicy, the waffles are soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. They kick it up by bringing you a selection of flavored butter. You can try salads, sandwiches, or composed dishes. I’d spring for the shrimp & grits which are rich, slightly spicy, and swimming in an unctuous tomato sauce. For sides the creamy mac n cheese topped with Ritz crackers cannot be missed.  Here’s what we had: 

Fried Chicken Slidershousemade biscuits, sliced pickles

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Shrimp and Grits - Smoked Paprika and Bell Pepper Sauce, Scallions, Cheddar Grits, Poached Egg

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Fried Chicken and Waffles -  Bacon-Cheddar Waffle

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Mac & Cheese - gruyere, fontina, aged white cheddar, ritz cracker crust

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Brussel Sprouts

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Address: 178 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (646) 657-0233

sweetchicknyc.com

Red Rooster

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I am snobby New Yorker who doesn’t like to go above 14th st. I said it, I own it, I’ll say it again. It is VERY difficult to get me to go to Harlem. However, I had tried Red Rooster 6 years ago when it first opened and since it has been a prevailing institution in the area’s dining scene, I figured I’d give it another go.

Red Rooster blew onto the Harlem dining scene in 2010. It is the restaurant of Marcus Samuelsson who is a self-proclaimed champion for the area and minorities. Samuelsson is an incredibly impressive chef, having cooked many times for the Obamas and winning Top Chef Masters against formidable competitors. In opening this restaurant he wanted to positively impact the areas dining scene, and I can say with full confidence that he has done just that.

This place gets a resounding A+ for atmosphere.. The vibe in the restaurant is beyond electric. Hip patrons from all over Manhattan crowd into the bar chattering and drinking noisily. There are bright colors everywhere and loud R & B music emanates from the speakers. Every person around you is swaying to the music having a blast. This place is clearly still cool even 6 years after opening.

Our server guided us through the menu which is stacked with comfort food. They have the best cornbread I’ve ever eaten, which you can slather with butter and tomato jam. The Rude Bwoy Bacon was a real star of the menu. It features an impressively huge slab of bacon atop stewed beans. For entrees I'd recommend the shrimp & grits which were seared perfectly and heavily spiced. It wouldn’t be a true southern food restaurant without a great fried chicken dish which they offer in the form of juicy dark meat and all the fixins on the side. This place overall was a great time and worth the trip. Here’s what we had: 

Deviled Egg - duck salame

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Cornbread-  honey butter, tomato jam

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Rude Bwoy Bacon - stewed beans, pickliz, fried quail egg

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Double Dutch Lobster Rolls - bun, peanut sauce, springish mayonnaise

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Fried Green Tomatoes - house cured bacon, pimento cheese, watermelon

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 The Rooster Burger - bacon, cheddar, rooster sauce

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Shrimp & Grits - cheddar grits, piri piri, frogmore stew

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Fried Yardbird - dark meat, white mace gravy, mashed potatoes, bread & butter pickles

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Mac n' Greens 

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Parfait

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Coffee & Doughnuts

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Address: 310 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027

 

Streetbird Rotisserie

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I fell in love with Streetbird the minute I walked in. The crazy eclectic vibe mixed with the 90's hip hop pumping through the speakers hooked me. I didn't even care if they served me dirt on a plate (spoiler alert: they didn't). Streetbird Rotisserie is one of two Marcus Sameulson's Harlem restaurants. Sameulson is somewhat of a local Harlem hero and champion for minorities. His dedication to the community brought Streetbird & Red Rooster to the area.

From the moment you walk into Streetbird you know that you are in for a fun time. The space is lined with bright neon signs, antique boom boxes, cassette tape chandeliers, and graffiti.  A giant drum set and pairs of sneakers hang from the ceiling. The floor was designed by artist Anthony Vasquez who painted a collage reflecting various representations of Harlem eating institutions, street activities and artistic culture.  It is a beautifully disorganized urban disaster in the greatest sense. You will be serenaded by the greatest playlist of all time comprising of Big Pun, Run DMC, Tribe Called Quest, and Lauryn Hill to name a few. If you made this playlist and you’re reading this: call me, I love you. 

As I mentioned, I'd pretty much eat dirt food just to hang out here. Thankfully I didn't have to. As the name suggests, chicken is king here. The menu is rooted in street food from around the world. You can get dishes with variations of grilled, fried, or rotisserie chicken. They have curry noodles from Thailand, and kimchi & rice from Korea. You can order a traditional southern Sunday dinner with all the fixins of collards and creamy skillet mac n' cheese. For brunch I loved the sinful Hot & Messy with cornbread, chicken, avocado, bacon, peanut butter & egg. It’s a great place for laid back fun & good cocktails with a staff that'll make you feel like you're at home. Here's what we had: 

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 Auntie’s Cornbread w/ Chicken Butter

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Notorious C.O.B.B. – , Avocado, Bacon, Fried Chicken, Tomatoes

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Hot & Messy - Cornbread, Chicken, Fried Egg, Peanut Butter, Avocado, Bacon

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Crispy Bird Sandwich- Crispy Chicken, Cheddar, Potato, Roll, Smokey Q, Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles

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Chicken & Wafflesw. Bourbon Maple Syrup

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Return of the Mac- Cheddar, Parmesan, Rigatoni

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Sweet Potato Fries

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Address: 2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10027

Phone:(212) 206-2557

streetbirdnyc.com/

Burnside Biscuits

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Photo: Brian Alston, Pintrest

It’s pretty hard to get me to go to Queens. I dated someone who lived there years ago and I have to say outside of traveling there for sex, I don’t see many reasons to go. I am sure there are many unique dining options outside of Greek diners there. In the true spirit of exploring my city, I went & found my new reason to visit this borough. 

Burnside Biscuits opened about 9 months ago in Astoria. The restaurant is southern inspired, serving all of the wonderful fried and butter soaked food that’ll kill ya. Their executive chef Jonathan Lemon has worked in Woodland in Brooklyn and Flex Mussels in Manhattan. The restaurant is both gorgeous and massive. It has multiple dining rooms and bars. The interior is beautifully polished with a hatched ceiling and colorful floor tiles. In the center you will find a giant wood burning brick oven.

The menu is expansive, with all the southern favorites. I was also pleased to see that among the heavy dishes are many vegetable and non-fried options. The stars here are the biscuit sandwiches, the fried chicken, and the multitude of charred vegetables you can order from the wood burning oven. You can order a quarter, half, or whole fried bird and it’ll be incredibly crunch, perfectly salted, and juicy. There are 7 biscuit sandwiches to choose from but my favorites were the blackened catfish, classic egg & cheese, or the hot fried chicken. As a side I was crazy about the pimento mac & cheese, and the chopped up biscuits baked in a bath of more pimento cheese. They also serve a killer platter of charred oyster mushrooms, brussel sprouts & fennel.  My mouth is watering just remembering this wonderful meal. Here’s what we had:

CORNBREAD

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OYSTER FRY - east coast oysters, cornmeal dusted, capers, parsley, lemons, smoked lemon aioli

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MELTED PIMENTO CHEESE DIP - fried biscuits, chives

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 GENERAL BURNSIDE CHICKEN - crispy chicken, charred broccoli, hot bbq sauce, scallions

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Whole fried chicken -  biscuits

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Fried chicken biscuit - cheddar and avocado

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Cheeseburger - bacon & parmesan fries

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BISCUITS - assorted jams

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CRACK MAC-N-CHEESE - sharp cheddar, pimento, cornbread crumbs

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STICKY BLACK JACK CARROTS - roasted and glazed, crushed chili peanuts, carrot puree

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BROCCOLI ROAST - carolina curry dry rub, sharp cheddar, vinegar dip

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ROASTED VEG MEDLEY - seasonal vegetables, flake salt, smoked lemon aioli

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Address: 32-07 30th Ave, New York, NY 11102

Phone:(917) 832-7822