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New York Restaurants: Best Soul Food Spots

By Chef Amanda Jackson

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New York City may just be “The Big City” up North, but it can pack a real Southern punch as well. In a city full of culturally diverse foods, soul food still holds its rightful place as a mainstay on the food scene. From historic institutions to new, chef-driven concepts, we’ve searched the boroughs for the best soul food spots in New York City. Come and eat your life away at any one of these great New York establishments of soul.

 

Pies ‘n’ Thighs

166 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Chicken Biscuit
@piesnthighs | Instagram

Notable Dishes:  Fish & Grits, Carolina Pulled Pork Box, Chicken Biscuit, Smoked Pork Collards, Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Salad, Burnt End Baked Beans, Bourbon Pecan Pie, Banana Cream Pie, and Old Fashioned Cake Donut
Pro-Tip:  Call ahead for take-out Chicken Buckets!

 

Soco

509 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Barbecue Chicken, Green Beans, & Mashed Potatoes
@socobk | Instagram

Notable Dishes:  Barbecue Chicken, Creole Gumbo, Lobster, Shrimp, & Grits, Fried Pickled Oysters, Molasses Braised Short Ribs, and Fresh Fried Branzino

Black Nile

592 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Curry Shrimp Pineapple Bowl
@blacknilerestaurant | Instagram

Notable Dishes:  Garlic & Chive Cornbread w/ Crab, BN Lobster Loaded Fries, Marinated Jumbo Shrimp & Cheddar Grits, Homestyle Fried Lobster Tail, and Hot Honey Shrimp

Soul Food Kitchen

88 Kingston Ave
Crown Heights, NY 11213

Smothered Pork Chops, White Rice, and Mac & Cheese
@Justice J. | Yelp

Notable Dishes:  Smothered Pork Chops, Mac & Cheese, Cornbread, Smothered Turkey Wings, Porgie Fish, Beef Short Ribs In Brown Gravy, Crab Cakes, Yams, and all of the desserts!  

Beehive Oven Biscuit Café

182 S 2nd St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Moselle
@beehiveoven | Instagram

Notable Dishes:  Jezebel Wings, “Chicken Fried” Steak, “Chicken Fried” Chicken, BYO Biscuit, French Quarter, and Picnic Platter

Pro-Tip:  The Grandmother Biscuits are phenomenal!  There are no substitutions; so don’t try it. Build your own biscuit with their master list of ingredients.

 

Peaches HotHouse

415 Tompkins Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

©Peaches Hot House

Notable Dishes:  Fried Green Tomatoes, Loaded Baked Grits, Smoked Hot Link Sandwich, Blackened Catfish, Hot House Specialties in Nashville Hot style, and Crispy Grits

Sweet Chick

341 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Soul Food Feast
@sweetchicklife | Instagram

Notable Dishes:  Crawfish Hush Puppies, Mac & Cheese, Pimento Cheese, Fried Chicken & Spiced Pecan Waffle, Nashville Fried Chicken, Big Booh’s BBQ Chicken, Shrimp & Grits, and Fried Green Tomato Benny

Sylvia’s Restaurant

328 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10027

Fried Chicken & Sides
@nydailynews | Instagram

Notable Dishes:  Barbecue Ribs, Cornmeal Dusted Fried Catfish, Cornbread, Mac & Cheese, Sautéed Chicken Livers, Smothered Pork Chops, BBQ Short Ribs, and Sylvia’s Sassy Wings

Amy Ruth’s

113 W 116th St
New York, NY 10026

Chicken & Waffles
@amy_ruths_restaurant | Instagram

Notable Dishes:  So many variations of Chicken & Waffles!, Pan Seared Salmon w/ Peach Butter, Pepper Steak, Jerk Shrimp, Real Jamaican Jerked Pork Chops, Peach Cobbler, Banana Pudding, and Lloyd’s Famous Carrot Cake

Root & Bone

200 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10009

Brunch Spread
@rootnbonenyc | Instagram

Notable Dishes:  Drunken Deviled Eggs, Heirloom Tomato Toast, Mr. Q Special, Sweet Tea Brined Fried Chicken, Braised Short Rib “Meat loaf”, Fried Chicken Supper, and Lobster Mac & Cheese

Cheryl’s Global Soul

236 Underhill Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Fried Chicken & Red Velvet Waffles from Cheryl’s Global Kitchen
@blacklistedclub | Instagram

Notable Dishes:  Creole BBQ Shrimp, Tamarind Roasted Chicken, Split Pea w/ Smoked Turkey, Grilled Jerk Chicken Wings, Roasted Salmon Hash, Quiche Lorraine, and Brioche French Toast

 

 

 

 

 

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