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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Shrimp and Grits - Smoked Paprika and Bell Pepper Sauce, Scallions, Cheddar Grits, Poached Egg
Fried Chicken and Waffles - Bacon-Cheddar Waffle
Mac & Cheese - gruyere, fontina, aged white cheddar, ritz cracker crust
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
Cornbread- honey butter, tomato jam
Rude Bwoy Bacon - stewed beans, pickliz, fried quail egg
Double Dutch Lobster Rolls - bun, peanut sauce, springish mayonnaise
Fried Green Tomatoes - house cured bacon, pimento cheese, watermelon
The Rooster Burger - bacon, cheddar, rooster sauce
Shrimp & Grits - cheddar grits, piri piri, frogmore stew
Fried Yardbird - dark meat, white mace gravy, mashed potatoes, bread & butter pickles