East Village hounds have taken to the Southern-leaning American chow at The Redhead, especially its buttermilk fried chicken, which egit declares “light, moist and incredibly tasty.” It’s served with a refreshing slaw and cornbread that some may find too sweet. Low Country shrimp and grits is the real deal, rich and delicious, JBRTx reports: “I haven’t had shrimp and grits this good since I was in New Orleans.”
Hounds also recommend, among other things, house-made waffle chips with French onion dip, and a flatbread appetizer with toppings that might include eggplant or roasted peppers with mascarpone and house-cured pork belly that’s “amazing,” sighs sararose. CornflakeGirl loves the One-Eyed Caesar salad, topped with a One-Eyed Susan (fried egg inside a round of bread).
And egit, though wary of the gimmicky bacon-flavored dishes (ice cream, popcorn, cotton candy, etc.) turning up on menus all over town, endorses the bacon peanut brittle. This sweet/savory snack is actually roasted peanuts seasoned with sugar and bacon: “they’re rich. And good. And bacony.”
The Redhead is a bar (formerly known as Detour) that spawned a full restaurant just this year, and the vibe remains warm and casual. sararose sums it up as “a go-to affordable comfort food place” with “nicer cocktails and also $3 PBRs. It’s comfortable and not pretentious. I’m a fan.”
The Redhead [East Village]
349 E. 13th Street (near First Avenue), Manhattan