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These Are The Best Restaurants For Southern Food In NYC

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Yummy Southern food in NYC. Photo via Brian Chan/Unsplash; Edited by NYC Tours & Photo Safaris.

Even north of the Mason-Dixon line people have an appetite for Southern cuisine. So whether you’re looking for the tastes of home during your visit or to explore the culturally diverse dining options of New York City, you’ll find everything from saucy barbecue to crispy fried chicken. Some of our favorites for southern food in NYC include:

1. Arrogant Swine (Brooklyn)

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Pork belly via Arrogant Swine

Enjoy the tastes of the Carolinas in Bushwick at the Arrogant Swine, featuring a 44-foot bar and 3,000-square foot beer garden. While you may enjoy a brew or two during your visit, you won’t want to miss the traditional Carolina whole hog BBQ, enhanced by the charmingly craggy warehouse ambiance with pig-inspired murals. At the Arrogant Swine the picks are slow smoked over live embers resulting in a highly-celebrated menu that features American country hams, lard and salamis.

2. John Brown Smokehouse (Queens)

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John Brown Smokehouse

If you’ve found yourself longing for Kansas eats, head to John Brown Smokehouse in Long Island City, offering everything from pulled pork sandwiches to meat platters to mac and cheese and beyond, though everything is made in limited quantities to ensure freshness. Discover an intense introduction to southern fare as you choose from well-selected menus of bovine, poultry and ovine cuts, savored to the beat of live country and blues. Bonus: this eatery features a social good twist, as they support Heifer International, a nonprofit working with communities to end hunger and poverty.

3. Jacob’s Pickles (Upper West Side)

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Jacob’s Pickles

Welcome to comfort food heaven. Jacob’s Pickles offers a cart experience marked by beer, biscuits and pickles. Despite being the brain-child of a New Yorker, Jacob’s Pickles has found a way to bring a melting pot of comfort foods from around the world — including those inspired by the Deep South. Think buttermilk fried chicken topped with clover honey and hot sour pickles, served with a generous portion of grits.

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4. Birds & Bubbles (Lower East Side) 

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Marry Champagne and Fried Chicken at Birds and Bubbles. (Image via Twitter @BirdsandBubbles)

Pairing sparkling wine and fried chicken may not be a typical combination; however, once you try it at Birds & Bubbles you’ll never separate the two again. The bubbles from the wine cut through the fat of the chicken, which is scrumptiously sourced from Amish Country to be dry-brined in spices for days, smothered in buttermilk (hey, Chef Sarah Simmons is from North Carolina, after all) and fried to perfection. The space is elevated and the dishes creative, with some highlights including sriracha flake-topped deviled eggs, chicken liver mousse with sour cherry gelee and a Southern-inspired fattoush with buttermilk dressing. Yum!

5. Root & Bone (East Village) 

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Chicken Fried Cheeseburger via Root & Bone

This rustic East Village classic is home to inspired Southern dishes, barrel-aged cocktails and brown booze. You’ll be greeted with welcoming hospitality before choosing from a variety of plates to please even the most discerning palate, like crispy chicken biscuits with tabasco pepper jam, cheddar-laced waffles in bourbon maple syrup and braised short rib meatloaf with oxtail consomme. Root & Bone is a garden-to-table experience that sources ingredients from local foragers, fishermen and farms to ensure that you’re enjoying a high-quality meal.

What are you favorite spots for southern food in NYC? Please share in the comments below! 


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