In the past few years--specifically, since Hurricane Sandy--the food and drink scene around the Financial District has seen some drastic changes, and a number of excellent bars and restaurants have opened up and thrived. Recently, we had a chance to check out neighborhood newcomer Route 66 Smokehouse, and we were definitely excited about what we saw.
Walking into the restaurant, you’re hit immediately with the rustic aesthetic of a down-home tavern. On both floors, there are old highway and drug store Coca-Cola signs, ropes and pulleys on the wall, and a bar made from reclaimed Wisconsin wood beams, all cast in a warm glow from exposed bulb light fixtures hanging overhead. The decor had all of the warm, cozy nostalgia of familiar American tropes, while also looking polished and well put together. The food reflects that same motif: Route 66 explores and embraces regional American cuisine, serving up refined interpretations of traditional comfort dishes. The menu reads like a tour of classic epicurian Americana, re-visited by Executive Chef Billy Kooper, a former Blue Smoke sous chef. Chef Kooper also brings his unique food philosophy to his ingredients, hand-selecting local, seasonal items from artisanal vendors and small family farms. In this way, he says, he is able to showcase the people and products “who truly comprise the foundations of regionally localized American cuisine.”
This past Sunday, we had the pleasure of attending Eater Eve--Eater.com’s precursor to the invite-only Eater Awards--and we had an absolute ball. As soon as we walked into the gorgeous, neon-lit Angel Orensanz Center, we were greeted with a buzzing crowd of interesting people enjoying themselves in style, not to mention a delightful Tanqueray, champagne, and absinthe welcome cocktail. What really impressed us, though, was how well the evening’s Southern theme was brought home. It was the unifying thread among the 11 excellent epicureans, which included Southern Chefs representing their home cuisine, as well as local Chefs riffing on Southern classics. The Southern aesthetic was really brought together with touches like the specially crafted cocktails (more on those later), and the featured band, Houndmouth. In addition to providing a down-home, roots-rock soundtrack to the night's Southern fare, the Louisville band has also been in touch with Eater about their best food experiences along the southern leg of their tour, making the connection between the music and the food that epitomize and celebrate Southern culture.
If you’re down with the New York food scene, you know about the Eater Awards, Eater.com’s annual culinary blowout that features some of the best dishes by the best chefs from around the country. What you might not know about is Eater Eve, the preview event to the awards that gives foodies an exclusive sneak peek at the good things to come.
If you want some live music, good movies, and some good ol' Southern brunch, then head to Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema for their new Country Brunchin' series.
Every first weekend of the month, there will be a pre-show performance followed by a movie screening. Choose from an array of Southern dishes that will make your mouth water and have you thinking you're a lot further south than Brooklyn!
The weekend series starts this Saturday with tunes from The Gentleman Callers followed by a screening of Smokey and the Bandit. Take your seats at 11:30am for a fun-filled day of car chases, 60s era country classics, and a big pile of chicken fried steaks and Coors to get you going. Put some south in your mouth and enjoy the show!
You’re diggin’ your own grave if you're not in-the-know about Justin Timberlakes famed BBQ. That down-home, finger lickin' good restaurant Southern Hospitality BBQ will be launching their “Boozy Bluegrass Brunch” this Sunday, June 24th. And you can’t have a boozy brunch without, well, booze. SH BBQ is offering a drink special on their Bellini and Bloody Marys at just $11.95 for unlimited drinks. Yes, that's $11.95 for all you can drink!
Singer and actor Justin Timberlake created this southern themed restaurant, with friends Eytan Sugarman and Trace Ayala, with the idea of recreating the philosophy of southern hospitality right here in New York City. The goal: to be inviting, to be friendly and to serve food so good you’d swear you were in some small town in North Carolina, as opposed to the big city.
Mardi Gras, meaning Fat Tuesday in French, lives up to its name. For some, the day before Lent is dedicated to flashing their goods for plastic beads, but for many pious foodies it’s a chance to indulge before the start of the yearly fast that accompanies Lent. Mardi Gras is a celebration dedicated to the foods our stomachs adore so tonight, jump right in to a bucket of Cajun crawdads or a heaping serving of gumbo to celebrate this holiday right. Whatever your reason for celebrating Mardi Gras, here are a few great NYC New Orleans-inspired restaurants celebrating today’s holiday in big ways.
“Oh, aren’t they beautiful?!” the Food Network star said of the audience as she emerged from backstage. Perfectly polished with glittery silver ballet flats, a lavender dress shirt and hair as fluffy as banana cream pie, she was every bit the Southern belle her fans know and love from TV.
But her story, as it turns out, is not so picture perfect.
Paula Deen—the face, the voice, the matriarch of Southern cooking—was interviewed in front of a live audience Tuesday at 92Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall. But rather than quizzing her on the perfect buttery biscuits or the crispiest fried chicken, renowned psychoanalyst Dr. Gail Saltz picked Deen’s brain about her troubled early life, and the ironically traumatic evolution of her comfort food empire.
Located in Williamsburg, amidst warehouses, is Brooklyn Bowl. This hidden gem is ready and waiting to wow you. To the unsuspecting eye, Brooklyn Bowl looks like a normal bowling alley, but past the plain red brick exterior, a surprise awaits. Once those doors open, you can rest assured that you have now entered into a different world. Industrial style tables and black leather chairs accent the room to give a distinct New York vibe. Carnival clowns and disco balls fill the interior to keep the mood light and funky. Themed after a posh NYC nightclub, this bowling alley features a concert stage for live bands, a full bar and a dance floor. Who knew that just minutes from Manhattan, you could find a place where bowling and dancing are not only acceptable, they are expected?
Opening at 4 pm tonight, walking into the George Street Pub will give you the choice of nearly 50 beers - 16 on tap and 30 bottled - as well as what UrbanDaddy calls "New Orleans-tinged seafood" (like fish and chips, a fried walleye sandwich, and jumbalaya), burgers, and an assortment of fried appetizers. Your taste buds will surely thank you once you mix your meal with the perfect brew, and it's definitely possible with as many choices as there are available. The place isn't huge, but it offers a cozy atmosphere - with high-ish ceilings that help you not feel claustrophobic when the space gets a little crowded. Just in time for baseball season, you can catch the games on one of many televisions or take your food and drink outside to the patio once this brutal winter finally morphs into spring. Cheers!
Cuisine: New Southern
415 Tompkins Avenue
(at Hancock Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Howdy, ya'll! It's with warm southern affection that owners Craig Samuel and Ben Grossman open their country-styled eatery to the masses. Peaches Hothouse, the duo's third Brooklyn installment (the first two being Peaches and Smoke Joint), comes to the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant offering authentic southern cuisine from the northern side of the Mason-Dixon Line.