Monday, August 23, 2010

The Redhead - Review

The Redhead - Highly Recommended
349 East 13th Street, New York 10003
Btn 2nd Ave and 1st Ave
Phone: (212) 533-6212

I've been wanting to check this place out for a while, so when Risotto mentioned this joint was nearby - I was all in. This place basically does southern food really well and is so in my strike zone. Great food although I had some issues with the atmosphere - still highly recommended though.

Our Menu
buttermilk fried chicken corn muffin, spinach & strawberry, almonds ***
I love me some fried chicken and the one they serve at The Redhead is WTF good. Perfectly crispy exterior that is completely fused with the skin. The first bite was a teeny bit salty, but when eating the skin with the meat it was perfectly seasoned. The meat was extremely juicy and had great chicken flavor. Even the breast meat was pretty moist and had a great texture. Add the perfectly dressed and seasoned salad that adds that brightness to this dish and you're in fried chicken heaven. Corn muffin was decent, but the free roll in the beginning was better.

broccoli, cheddar & crispy shallots **
I like broccoli a lot and it is generally the first vegetable I go to when I cook at home. They definitely do them right here - great flavor and texture on the broccoli and phenomenal with the crispy shallots. The cheddar was more like a thin cheddar soup rather than melted cheese on top.

Rating System
--- What the F - in a bad way | (no stars - poor to average) | * Good | ** Great | *** What the F – in a good way

Overall Restaurant Experience
  • Food (8.8/10) – Food was so my strike zone - comfort food, big flavors, and done very well.
  • Service (7.5/10) – It was pretty packed in there, so they actually missed our order of flat bread. Good idea since we are actually pretty stuffed from the chicken, broccoli, and the many beers we had at our beloved burp castle. The chicken came out insanely quick though - maybe within 10 minutes of ordering it.
  • Atmosphere (7.0/10) – A bar and a sea of people hit you as soon as you walk in. The next thing that hits you is the temperature of the place - not extremely hot, but definitely on the warmer side. The other thing you notice is the place is dark and all the tables are very close together, so much so that we had some people chat us up. The place is packed with couples, groups of girls, groups of dudes with the majority in their 30's or late 20's. The crowded bar is basically right next to all the tables, so I wouldn't be going with a date - but maybe some fellas that still want that bar feel. We didn't mind so much since we were just at a bar, so kind of a natural transition.
  • Price (9.0) - Entrees are under 20 and beers are 5 and under. 100% worth it.
Closing Comments
I love this style of food and the chicken is spectacular here. Definitely want to go back for the shrimp and grits next.

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