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Jul 24, 2008 09:56 PM

The Redhead- A new favorite place

Just tried The Redhead in the east village, last night for dinner and I have to say this is definitely worth checking out. I read the short article in the Times a few weeks back and wanted to try it out. The menu is fun and the food is great. The Fried Chicken is great as are the Shrimp and Grits. They even have a bacon peanut brittle. The chef must be from the South since I haven't had Shrimp and Grits this good since I was in New Orleans. Also the cocktail menu has some interesting stuff on there as well. Overall this is a great hidden gem that offers a laid back atmosphere, awesome food and drinks at the right price. I will definitely be back and would recommend it to anyone.

349 East 13th Street (First Ave)

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  1. They recently received a fabulous review on The Strong Buzz!

    I think it will become a neighborhood favorite real soon.

    Is it too early for a Rhubarbarita?

    1. JBRTx, thanks for the report. Especially like that it passed the New Orleans test. We have already eaten our way through the menu at Bacaro and Elyssa on the LES and need to find a new LES or EV place . . .

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      1. re: financialdistrictresident

        Has anyone tried the burger?

        How much seating is there?

        1. re: maggiej

          Decided to check it out for myself. It's small and was quite full last night around 7:45. Crowd was well-dressed, perhaps more formal than we expected—this definitely feels more like a restaurant than a bar. Burger was DELICIOUS and flavorful, quite thick/large. Wish there were fries instead of chips. Warm vibe, good addition to the neighborhood.

          1. re: maggiej

            Burger is AMAZING! One of the best. Second the fries for chips. The bacon peanut brittle...sending people there just for that!

        2. Bacon peanut brittle was brilliant. Fried chicken is a top 10 contender. Must go back for the duck gumbo and shrimp & grits. Very cool place.

          1. I went to the redhead tonight. We arrived at 7pm and had a 20 minute wait. It was a little crowded and uncomfortable, but we were seated in a timely fashion. We had a nice cozy table in the corner with the banquette and ordered the famous bacon peanut brittle. Yummy! They served us a sweet roll, which while tasty didn't really go with the food on the menu.
            I started with the gumbo. It was a pleasantly spicy broth with shredded duck and slices of andouille sausage served over white rice. I enjoyed this dish and could have had the larger portion as a full meal, but I was glad that I had a small portion of shrimp and grits on its way.
            The grits were creamy and served with a spicy sauce, sliced andouille sausage and three tasty shrimp. Lovely combination.
            My three dining companions ordered burgers that came practically raw. I wish one of them had said something. The staff was aloof and inexperienced. For example, the gumbo was served with a teaspoon, and I was given a soup spoon to eat the grits. The disappointing service put a damper on my experience. I don't know if I would go back, as much as I enjoyed my meal. I would like to try their fried chicken.
            I hope they sort things out once the hype dies down a bit. There is potential here.

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            1. re: MaryishSally

              I'm surprised about your complaints about the service. I've been 3 times starting last summer and I've found the service to be way above average, especially considering the restaurant's price point. You mentioned the mismatched spoons as a service lapse. Can you give us some other examples?

              1. re: Bob Martinez

                I was really surprised as well. I usually don't have a problem with service in NYC. These issues bothered me because they were simple, common sense things.

                My friend told the waitress that she is allergic to wheat, so no bun with the burger, etc. Several minutes later, she returned with the bread basket and put a roll on my friend's plate.
                Another friend ordered another beer (he was drinking a draft) and she brought him a bottle. When he wanted to try a different beer, she listed what they had on tap, but was unable to describe them.
                Our water glasses were filled inconsistently (ie they would miss one of the glasses on the table each time they came to fill them.)

                The waitress was generally uninterested and unprofessional. I'm willing to give people a break when they are busy (which the redhead was last night) but she didn't even seem to be making an effort. I don't like to complain, but I did feel like the service (or lack thereof) interfered with my enjoyment of the meal.

            2. FWIW, I had dinner at the bar last night and had a terrific time...friendly crowd, nice bartenders, the food was terrific. It's been a while since I've had such a pleasant dining experience, honestly. I tried their version of the manhattan, I was real happy with it.

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              1. re: inmybackpages

                This just made my list of places to try next when I am in town. Thanks.

                1. re: inmybackpages

                  i love the redhead for everything it stands for. good fresh, creative food, unprentious and friendly service. you'd probably miss the fact that it is serioius food if you were just paying attention to the environs.