Lowcountry. Location: West Village. West 10th and 6th Ave. Scene: Old Records. Cool Colors. Young. Food: Southern. Fried Chicken Biscuit. (2nd photo). Carolina Shrimp and Grits (3rd photo). BBQ Ribs. Butterscotch Baked Beans. Hush Puppies (photo below).
- Fried Pickles with Green Goddess Dipping Sauce (1st photo)
- Anson Mills Cheddar Grits
- John Daly Cocktail: Sweet Tea Vodka and Lemonade ($12 for a glass/$40 for a pitcher)
Lowcountry, which is a geographical region along the South Carolina coast, offers deep Southern fare and delicious drinks in the West Village. The teal booths and series of Ray Charles records along with other famous soul artists aid in making you feel like you are truly in the south. The appetizers and drinks are awesome! They make the cut -especially the dipping sauce that is paired with the fried pickles. However, the main courses lacked anything but a culinary achievement. The Carolina Shrimp and Grits, which the waitress claimed is the best dish on the menu, was extremely disappointing. Although the grits were prepared perfectly, who wants a whole bowl of grits for dinner with only about five shrimp? If I knew this in advance, I would have just ordered a side of grits and saved $12. In addition, the Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwich was beautiful and succulent, but there was a disconnect with the flavors. Stick to Hill Country Chicken’s breakfast sandwich instead. In other news today Grub Street New York mentioned that a new chef recently changed this menu who comes from two of my favorite restaurants: Commerce and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. What happened? The drinks are snazzy, so I’m not ruling Lowcountry out completely, but I think the South Carolina gent I dined with will. Just make sure to visit Lowcountry for its Happy Hour so you can indulge in the fried snacks and down some bourbon!
***Happy Hour: Monday – Friday from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. you can get $5 fish tacos, $5 pulled pork sliders and $5 draft beers or wines by the glass.