New York Restaurants: Best Soul Food Spots
By Chef Amanda Jackson
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.
Brooklyn, NY 11211 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!
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Notable Dishes: Barbecue Chicken, Creole Gumbo, Lobster, Shrimp, & Grits, Fried Pickled Oysters, Molasses Braised Short Ribs, and Fresh Fried Branzino
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Notable Dishes: Garlic & Chive Cornbread w/ Crab, BN Lobster Loaded Fries, Marinated Jumbo Shrimp & Cheddar Grits, Homestyle Fried Lobster Tail, and Hot Honey Shrimp
Crown Heights, NY 11213
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!
Brooklyn, NY 11211
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.
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Notable Dishes: Fried Green Tomatoes, Loaded Baked Grits, Smoked Hot Link Sandwich, Blackened Catfish, Hot House Specialties in Nashville Hot style, and Crispy Grits
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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
New York, NY 10027
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
New York, NY 10026
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
New York, NY 10009
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
Brooklyn, NY 11238
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