The South Might Not Rise Again, But These Biscuits Will!
A few years back, I saw a video on Youtube about a four-year old preacher proclaiming the red hot revival to much applause. Now regardless of your thoughts on the veracity of the kid’s visions, you’ve got to admit that New York is in a country revival of its own. In the food world.
Barbecue has come to mean more than a flavor of potato chip at the local bodega. Independent fried chicken is less greasy but juicier than its chain counterpart. Southern cooking has come to mean more than just honky tonk and restaurant owners are taking chances.
Empire Biscuit stands at the front of the experiment as a 24-hour shop dedicated to biscuits with everything under $10. For a fast breakfast you can grab the house-made pork sausage patty and egg. For dessert you can opt for the banana pudding on a biscuit.
I was hungry, so I chose the Spiced Fried Chicken with Pickled Carrots and Sauce L’Orange. The chicken was fun and not too spicy while the carrots added a tangy crunch and there was mild sweetness from the sauce.
However, the support behind all of these dishes is the biscuit itself. These were very different than anything out of a Pillsbury popping canister. Instead of being puffed up with air, they were on the compact side with a texture that was more crumbly than flaky. They were tasty and I was even more encouraged when the baker had me try an experimental batch. I would love to see the new and improved version of something that’s already good.
LOCATION: 198 Avenue A Between East 12th and 13th, East Village, Manhattan
PHONE: (646) 682-9529
HOURS: 24 Hours
RESERVATIONS: Not Necessaary