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142 W, 10th Street, New York (West Village)
It’s safe to say that what started as an affair between New York City and Southern comfort food is now a full-on committed relationship. And although this rustic-polished West Village spot wasn’t exactly first to the game, it’s making up for lost time with lots of bourbon-laced libations and food that promises to hug you from the inside. And speaking of romance, this seems to be a good place for it, if the generous scattering of couples throughout the room is any indication. And why not? Here, dim lighting and funky jams make indulging in finger-lickin’-good fare look pretty sexy.
There are plenty of tempting small bites on the menu (better-than-your-momma’s bacon deviled eggs
), but you would be remiss to skip the addictive fried pickles
. Served with a cool, creamy green goddess sauce, this Southern-fried take on chips and dip easily earns the country-kid’s seal of approval with a savory cornmeal crust that actually sticks to the pickle. Of the entrées, the chicken biscuit
is star. Like a big kid-sized chicken nugget, the salty-juicy meat is encased in a wonderfully light fish ‘n chips-like fry. A darling little top hat of a cheddar biscuit and pool of savory sausage gravy complete the surf ‘n surf ensemble. The signature Carolina shrimp and grits
is another solid choice—as comforting as a bowl of mac & cheese, with well-spiced shrimp, creamy cheddar grits, and slices of seared andouille that are at turns spicy and sweetly caramelized. view full menu here
A casual-chic assembly of small groups and second-or-third-date couples. You know, the ones who’ve vetted the initial drinks-only trial and are ready to commit to a full meal of conversation and getting to know each other. And here, “getting to know each other,” means verifying your date is an unabashed, legitimate eater – salad-only people need not apply.
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eye for design
Think exposed brick walls, thoughtfully arranged stacks of old records, and hanging filament light bulbs that give off the kind of soft, forgiving light that can even make eating fried pickles look sexy.
A smartly orchestrated parade of funky, soulful tunes from hit-making greats like Etta James, Al Greene, and Marvin Gaye. Seriously, “Let’s Get It On” couldn’t be a more fitting musical backdrop as you’re preparing to tuck in to the behemoth Chicken Biscuit.
Sun-Thu 5:30PM-11:30PM; Fri-Sat 5:30PM-12:00AM; Brunch: Sat-Sun 11:00AM-4:00PM
$6 (bacon deviled eggs) to $30 (sirloin steak)
142 W, 10th Street (between Greenwich Ave. and Waverly Pl.; subway: 1,2 to Christopher St.–Sheridan Sq.), New York, NY 10014; 212-255-2330