10. Ruthie’s Restaurant. 560 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn. Brooklyn is home to New York’s best soul food restaurants and Ruthie’s is one the best in the city. Ruthie’s is not a sit down restaurant, you must pick-up or get delivery. Includes all your favorite soul food entrees from fried chicken, fried catfish, meatloaf, greens, and black eyed peas. Serve oxtail stew Thursday through Sunday. Fresh, home-style cooking just like grandmas. Deliveries are slow and the food gets cool. See other Brooklyn articles.
9. Georgia’s East Side BBQ. 192 Orchard Street, Lower East Side. A small restaurant, nothing fancy with limited seating that serves $5 happy hour sandwiches from 3-6 on weekdays. Try the juicy pulled pork sandwich and my favorite, the BBQ wings. Collard greens are a flavorful side. Stick with the sandwiches and get your ribs from Dinosaur BBQ. Serve brunch. See 10 best breakfast restaurants in NYC.
8. The Brooklyn Star. 33 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn. (Temporarily closed due to fire, will reopen when renovation completed.) Texas’ best southern cuisine served in Brooklyn. A cozy sit-down restaurant that does not accept reservations. Texas cuisine is known for their beef entrees. The Brooklyn Star serves great pepper ribs, day-aged steaks, country fried steak and corn bread. See other Brooklyn articles.
7. Amy Ruth’s. 113 W 116th Street, Harlem. One of Harlem’s most popular soul food restaurants. A casual American restaurant established in 1998. Recommend the Tommy Tomita, a chicken and waffles dish, and the Reggie Harris, the honey dipped fried chicken dinner. Expect long lines on the weekends.
6. Southern Hospitality. Two locations: 645 9th Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen & 1460 Second Avenue, Upper East Side. Justin Timberlake is part owner of this popular southern restaurant with down south classics including chicken & waffles, mac and cheese, fried pickles, pulled pork, fried green tomatoes, and crawfish hushpuppies in a contemporary rustic interior.
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