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Aaron Nov 20, 1997 10:03 AM

Came across a place called Princess' Southern Touch , on E1ST between First and A. The sign on the door said "please knock", so we did. The door was opened by an old woman who yelled at us for knocking and informed us that you don't just walk into Southern Touch-- you order over the phone at least a day in advance. "We don't keep no food here. I don't do that kind of shopping. You tell me what you want, I go shopping." Throughout her lecture, the implication was that if we didn't know that already, we didn't have any right being there. Anybody have any info about this place?

  1. j
    Jim Leff Nov 20, 1997 04:11 PM

    Aaron, that's Princess Pamela.

    Not so many years ago she was young, beautiful and a
    great cook. She's had some "problems" in the meantime,
    but has managed to open a succession of eateries, of
    which this is the latest.

    She's gained a lot of weight and is pretty unstable,
    and she mostly has other people cooking for her. While
    the food in that place can be pretty good, it's all
    very sad if you knew her "when"...

    They also have music a couple of nights a week...I
    think Saturday. Amazing that they fit a band (with
    drums!) into that minscule space


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      David Jacobson Nov 20, 1997 11:13 AM

      Had the same experience you did about a year ago, but I
      guess we caught her in a better mood. After telling us
      that we were supposed to call ahead, she let us in and
      served up some fine chicken in gray with some real down
      home greens etc., she told us to call ahead next time
      if we wanted something else. You have to bring your own
      beverages including soft drinks. She ordered my friend
      to remove his baseball cap at the dinner table. Worth
      the trip, but do call ahead

      3 Replies
      1. re: David Jacobson
        Jon Wolfe Nov 22, 1997 08:49 AM

        Thirty years ago she had a place on the second floor at
        the corner of 9th or 10th street and first Ave., called
        "Priness Pamela's". There was also a pretty good
        paperback cookbook called "Priness Pamela's Soul Food
        Cooking" with some great recipes. My copy is long since
        gone, but I remember the house specialty was called
        "Chicken with sauce beautiful", a kind of sweet and
        sour baked chicken. I committed the recipe to memory,
        and will be happy to share it. Just email me.

        1. re: Jon Wolfe
          Frank Language Nov 28, 1997 11:23 AM


          Actually, the sign that was up for several years after
          Princess had vacated the space (and the building was
          condemned) was "The Little Kitchen". I remember reading
          about this space in New York Paper (back when it was
          just a B/W rag) and the reviewer said, "Princess cooks,
          and I don't mean the food."

          I haven't been here yet, but I personally have to make
          the trip, since I remember (vaguely) from when I was a
          kid in KY going with my parents to a "White Kitchen"
          run by a Mrs. Spivy, who was known to say, "Save your
          fork for dessert."

        2. re: David Jacobson
          Steve Childers Nov 11, 1998 07:15 PM

          I'm coming to New York this Christmas and heard of this
          place and wondered if it's still around. The number I
          found was out of service. Any one know anything about
          it or if it even still exists? Thanks.

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