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best grits??

displaced southerner May 1, 2004 06:52 PM

Who has the best grits in Manhattan? Preferably at brunch, although I would be willing to eat them any time of day. Cheese grits are a plus, but the standard is great too.


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    enrevanche RE: displaced southerner May 1, 2004 08:42 PM

    I feel your pain. I can't tell you the number of bad plates of grits I have endured in New York City--most recently in a lovely and otherwise excellent little place on Smith Street in Brooklyn that was very proud of serving stone-ground grits at breakfast; what arrived at the table had more the consistency of the stone than the grits.

    Fear not.

    For good grits in Manhattan, you will need to seek out the soul food providers. Pink Tea Cup on Grove Street in the Village does a fantastic full-on Southern breakfast/brunch with your choice of grits or homefries (and the homefries are damn good, too.)

    Amy Ruth's and Sylvia's in Harlem also serve grits with breakfast/brunch; both are very good.

    Haven't found a great bowl of cheese grits up here yet, nor have I found an old favorite dinner dish, shrimp-and-grits. Still looking.

    -- er, native North Carolinian

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      swirvin RE: enrevanche May 2, 2004 01:26 PM

      Thanks very much for your suggestions ER - I will definitely check them out. I could have guessed you were an NC person - ont only because you seem to have great taste in food, but because of your recent Cheerwine references.

      I knew I was in trouble when I first moved here and my grocery store sold 15 kinds of oatmeal, but only instant grits. Thankfully I've found places to buy them for home consumption.

      Shrimp and grits is another great question (Crook's Corner, perhaps?) Does anyone know where that could be found in this city?

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        chumley RE: swirvin May 5, 2004 02:39 PM

        Jacques-Imo's has a version of shrimp and grits as an appetizer special. Grilled shrimp with tasso over grits with a hint of bleu cheese on the side.

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          The Lib Pat RE: swirvin Aug 8, 2004 02:04 AM

          I'll second Amy Ruth's. It's an excellent soul food restaurant and very good for breakfast. They only serve breakfast during the normal hours. Go back for dinner If you like soul food.

          Another good choice is M&J Diner, all the way west on E 125 where ends at Convent I think it is. They serve breakfast and good soft grits til'closing around 1 AM.

          Link: http://liberalpatriot.org

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          svanso RE: enrevanche Nov 30, 2006 06:42 PM

          Although kind of a trendy play on the dish, the shrimp and grits at Clinton Sreet Bakery in the LES is pretty amazing.

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          Robin P RE: displaced southerner May 3, 2004 02:34 PM

          I second the Pink Tea Cup recommendation. This place is a real comfort for those with southern longings. Their iced tea could qualify as a dessert.

          Also, I think Bubby's has very tasty grits, though they are clearly prepared with a lot of cream, which some consider non-standard, or even outright cheating.

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            elvislives RE: displaced southerner May 4, 2004 03:21 PM

            VIRGIL'S BBQ! on 44th and 7th Ave - they have the best cheese grits I've ever had - killer good, check it out!

            also - Miracle Grill on 7th St and 1st Ave has good grits at brunch, very creamy and lovely.

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              jlean22 RE: elvislives Jul 20, 2006 02:07 AM

              amen to Virgil's cheese grits!!

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              Alexandra Halsey RE: displaced southerner May 4, 2004 09:45 PM

              I'm by no means a grits expert, but for Easter brunch I had a delicous plate of grits and garlic shrimp at Maroon's in Chelsea (244 West 16th).


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                jgirl RE: Alexandra Halsey May 6, 2004 06:30 PM

                I also had amayzing cheese grits at maroons. I had them this weekend and I can not stop thinking about them. But since as a northerner it was my first time having grits, I can not vouch for authenticity.

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                  ctc RE: jgirl May 4, 2005 05:28 PM

                  The grits at Inside on Jones St. in the Village are amazing. Imagine grits made like real mac & cheese w/ bechamel sauce and a bubbling cheese crust. I think the grits are only on the brunch menu, which is only served Sunday.

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                OrnamentalGravy RE: displaced southerner Aug 20, 2004 12:09 PM

                if you're near the upper west side, citrus at 75th and amsterdam (or 74th) has a brunch item called "southern comfort". it includes grits that are made with cream and cheese. sort of like a souffle. curiously this is served with an english muffin. they're good but not like mama's. also on the uws are shark bar (pricey but yummy!) and brother jimmy's. love brother jimmy's okra with spicy dipping sauce. and i love watching acc games there as well!

                have you tried soul fixins at 34th and 9th? fish and grits almost every day. i've eaten the peach cobbler there many times with great success.

                i'm probably not telling you anything you haven't already figured out. best of luck!

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                  Berry RE: displaced southerner Apr 24, 2006 05:23 PM

                  I happen to like my grits creamy as opposed to gritty so I recommend Akwaaba over in Brooklyn or Spoonbread over here in Manhattan. Both can be found with a google search.

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                    kimcheater RE: displaced southerner Aug 24, 2006 11:57 PM

                    Looks like *The Lib Pat* ("Another good choice is M&J Diner, all the way west on E 125 where ends at Convent I think it is. They serve breakfast and good soft grits til'closing around 1 AM") meant to referennce the M&G Diner, on 125th and Morningside Ave. They make terrific grits, nothing fancy in them, but consistently rich, creamy, and buttery (but not overwhelming). I've stopped going to Vergil's, and I found the famous cheese grits at Kitchenette to be rather lackluster, but I've never been disappointed with M&G, which is pretty cheap to boot, and has a kickin' jukebox. Their fried chicken is also top notch, and (when it's on) the collards are velvety and delicious (they are, however, a bit inconsistent). It looks like too many people who lament the lack of authentic, home-style southern food even bother to go north of Midtown, which makes no sense to me whatsoever. M&G, I think, is one of the best places to start if you're really looking for this sort of thing, and willing to spend a whopping extra 10 minutes on the subway.

                    1. Uptownflavor RE: displaced southerner Nov 16, 2006 08:51 PM

                      The cheese grits at Billie's Black Sunday Brunch are pretty good.

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                        rachael333 RE: displaced southerner Nov 29, 2006 07:40 PM

                        Deborah's on Carmine

                        Great Jones Cafe


                        1. Nosher RE: displaced southerner Nov 29, 2006 08:13 PM

                          Don't forget the Jalapeno Cheese Grits at Shopsin's. They're the first item in our review (http://www.nycnosh.com/?p=41), and the one that people most often write to us to say that they're glad they ordered.

                          I never go to Kenny's without ordering a dish of them.


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