I received an invite from Organic Works to drop by Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter. Was I glad I accepted. Bobwhite is a brand new Southern restaurant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan headed by owner Keedick Coulter and Chef Amanda Beame. What makes this restaurant special (besides the food), is their focus on sustainable-raised, heritage, regional products. But enough about them. Let’s talk about the food.
I got started with the winter salad ($8.50). I could tell that I would like this place. The salad was quite large and could easily be shared by three. It consisted of winter greens, red beets, goat cheese, grapefruit, and the most delicious candied pecans. The salad was dressed in an elegant shallot vinaigrette that complimented and did not overwhelm the flavors of the salad. It also came with a light and fluffy buttermilk biscuit which was hard to put down.
If you have not quite gotten the gist, this is not a place to visit while you’re on a diet (but the calories are totally worth it). The next dish I tried was the heritage pork chop sandwich ($8.50). The pork chop was butterflied and then seared. As I took a bite of this delicious morsel, Chef Beame came out to introduce herself (and switch Taylor Swift off the radio). She is young, down to earth and genuine. In speaking to her one can see that this CIA alum really enjoys her craft. The pork was juicy and thin and had a slight sweetness that was nicely complimented by a mustard relish and a touch of mayonnaise. To hold it all together: a potato bun.
While the dishes above were wonderful, the protagonist at the restaurant is the fried chicken ($9.50 for dark meat). Sure, the restaurant offers white meat; but no self respecting person would order white meat fried. As I took my first bite, I was delighted. The skin was crisp but not greasy. As my teeth hit the meat I was wowed. The chicken was juicy and had a hint of sweetness. Chef Beame explained that this came from her sweet tea brine. I am afraid to mention this at the risk of everyone finding out, but Beame’s fried chicken beats out Momofuku’s by a landslide.
I almost forgot. There were sides: there was tomato pudding, black eyed peas, mac n’ cheese, and beans and rice. Out of all the sides, my favorites were the black eyed peas and the mac n’ cheese. The black eyed peas were even vegetarian (totally unexpected at their level of tastiness).
Dessert? There was that too. Desserts change on a daily basis and are made in house. We started with a red velvet cheesecake. It was sinful, rich and creamy.
My favorite dessert out of the two was the chocolate chip bread pudding. This had comfort oozing out of every bite.
Final thoughts…You are probably all thinking that I gained 30 pounds from this meal. But I restrained myself from eating everything and hit the gym for an hour later that afternoon. The calories were totally worth it and I can’t wait to return. I’m planning a meet-up at the restaurant soon, so if you’d like to join me in March, check out the group.
Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter is located at 94 Avenue C (between 6th & 7th), New York, NY 10009 (212) 288-2972.
Bobwhite is closed Monday and Tuesday. To get there, take the F to Delancey, L to first ave or J, M, Z to Essex.