Get your hands dirty with the best southern comfort cuisine in New York City.
Root & Bone
200 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009
A chic farmhouse with a casual feel, this popular East Village gem is a must-try for any fried chicken fan. The brightly lit space, conceptualized by Top Chef alums Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, embraces you in southern hospitality.
Fried chicken and cheddar cheese waffle sandwich with whiskey maple syrup, pickled green tomato, and watercress ($15)
Wild mushroom farro risotto with roasted sunchoke root, local hen egg, and aged white cheddar ($24)
Crispy loaded potato topped with cheddar, buttermilk cloud, house bacon, and scallions ($8)
Chocolate hazelnut pie ($9)
Birds & Bubbles
100B Forsyth Street
New York, NY 10002
Tucked away on a quite block on the Lower East Side, this cozy eatery serves elevated Southern specialties with cosmopolitan flair. The outdoor garden, dotted with strands of twinkling lights, is ideal for warm spring evenings.
Boudin balls with pickled okra remoulade ($9)
Kimchi braised brisket with sweet potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and fermented black beans ($26)
Crispy potato salad with shallot aioli, capers, and herbs ($9)
Chocolate peanut butter pie ($8)
509 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Outfitted with wood-paneled walls, black leather couches, and an impressive bar, this Clinton Hill restaurant serves Southern fusion in a casual, yet upscale vibe. Perfect for intimate gatherings or larger groups, the expansive menu is sure to satisfy even the pickiest palate.
Creole gumbo with shrimp, chicken Andouille, and seasonal vegetables in a spicy seafood broth ($10)
Pecan crusted pork chops in a red wine reduction with citrus mashed sweet potatoes and braised collards ($19)
Aunt Cruz’s mac and cheese ($10)
SoCo caramel martini with vanilla-infused vodka, Bailey’s Caramel, and toasted marshmallow ($13)
Pies ‘n’ Thighs
43 Canal Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 431- 7437
Decorated with simple white tables, black chairs, and an open floor plan, this downtown eatery won’t stun you with ornate décor, but it will make you think you’ve been transported to the deep South thanks to its delectable dishes. The see-through display of fresh bakery goods is tempting enough to make you want to skip dinner entirely.
Maine peekytoe crab served with lemon, celery, and radishes on toast ($16)
Fried catfish box with cornmeal-fried catfish, cornbread, tartar sauce, and pickles ($14.25)
Fried pickles with buttermilk ranch ($6)
Sour cherry pear crumble pie ($5)