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Pleasant meal at South

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Pleasant meal at South

EJC | Jan 13, 2006 10:01 AM

Last night my girlfriend and I had a great meal at South, formerly Blue Star. We were met at the door by the owner, who recognized us from Cafe on Clinton earlier in the week - that was a nice touch, we liked the sense of "neighborhood." We never ate at Blue Star, so I don't know how much the decor changed.

The menu was small, but everything sounded good and was reasonably priced, especially their Steam Bar (with oysters, shrimp, clams, and crab legs). We were indecisive, so ordered a few small things and shared an entree.
We started with fried pickles. They're a dish I can't stomach but my girlfriend is a fanatic about. She loved South's.
From the steamed bar we ordered 1/2lb of steamed shrimp and a dozen raw oysters. I grew up on the gulf coast and am used to cheap oysters, so I was happy to find a dozen oysters in NYC for $1 each. The oysters were fresh, and the shrimp were addictive. They were OBX style, which meant a light dusting of Old Bay. The coctail sauce could've used more of a "kick," but tabasco filled in fine.
Finally, we shared the blackened catfish. This was a standout dish. The large piece of fish was juicy, the seasoning was flavorful, and had enough spice that you went to your beer after each bite. It was served over the same succotash we loved at Cafe on Clinton.

All of this, with 4 cheap beers, was $50 before tip.

I plan on going back, probably with some frequency.

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