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Sep 28, 2006 08:31 PM

Fine-Dining with Southern Influences?

Hi All,

I am searching for something a bit odd and I hope you guys can help me out.

I'm looking for fine-dining restaurants in the city (must be Manhattan) that have Southern influences. I'm familiar with our fair city's actual Southern / Soul food places (ie Charles Southern Kitchen, Amy Ruths, etc) but what I'm looking for is specifically higher-end places where there are a few (just a few are fine) Southern techniques or ingredients making a menu appearence.

I know this may be a difficult request...but I'm hoping you guys can help me out. This is for personal research and eating purposes and I appreciate any suggestions!!!

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  1. That really is a toughie. Ida Mae might have qualified, but it just closed. There's B. Smith's. The food doesn't seem to get much praise on this board, but you might want to check it out for yourself.

    1. Having never been, I can't recommend it - I only suggest this as something to explore: Jezebel has always intrigued me and I believe it has been around for a long time. Perhaps some other posters could provide some feedback if they have been. Good luck!

      1. I'd take a look at Cookshop. Lots of Southern ingredients and preparations. Some reports of inconsistent food and service, but I've had two good experiences there.

        1. Maybe you can try The Lonesome Dove and report back to us. Its SouthWest btw..not sure if it mattered.

          1. How about Blue Ribbon? It's a cool downtown Manhattan kind of place, but they have great fried chicken with collard greens and mashed potatoes, catfish, sweet potatoes, plenty of seafood, etc. They actually have a fairly large and eclectic menu, so lots of different tastes can be indulged.

            It may not fit your definition of "fine" dining, but it's a nice room, the service is very professional and friendly, and the food is very good.

            Dinner menu: