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Best Upscale Southern Food - NOT BBQ!

Hi all,

Just got back from a trip to Charleston, SC and have not stopped thinking about the food! Are there any good upscale southern food restuarants in Manhattan? I'm looking for something along the lines of Southern Hospitality but heard it was TERRIBLE. Hope that you can help!

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  1. It's not upscale, but Maroons in Chelsea has good southern food in a pleasant room with good service.

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    1. re: Lucia

      I second Maroons. Best southern food in the city. Not upscale but a very pleasant dining experience

    2. I'm from the South and know how you feel...give me an idea of some of the food items you're looking for.

      1. Definitely not upscale (is Southern Hospitality even "upscale"?), but the Pink Teacup has some great southern style/soul food in the upscale West Village.

        1. About ten years ago, there was a nice place called Beulah which fitted the bill. Right now, I do not believe there are any upscale Southern restaurants in Manhattan, and certainly I don't know of anywhere serving the distinctive Charleston area cuisine. It's a gap waiting to be filled. (Gage & Tollner, of course, was in Brooklyn, and it's gone anyway).

          I'd love someone to tell me I'm wrong about this.

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          1. re: Wilfrid

            Yes, but Gage and Tollner with soul food is coming back. Amy Ruth's has leased the space, but I am not aware of any opening date.

          2. Try B Smith's in midtown.