This contemporary Southern and Caribbean eatery features entrées such as curried chicken roti, fried chicken, smothered double-cut pork chops, and jumbo lump crab cakes. Besides the main and private dining rooms, which both seat 80, there's a bar area with 20+ seats including a community table. Hours:
Lunch 11:30 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Sunday (Gospel Brunch on Sunday)
Dinner 4:40 to 10 pm Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday
Dinner 4:30 to 11 pm Fridays and Saturdays, with a late night menu available until midnight
Fried chicken is having its moment in the foodie sun, with everyone from Danny Meyer to David Chang slinging some tasty, deep-fried birds. Sure, those are big names, but we’re here to say that there’s a good-vibe place in New Rochelle that’s doing it even better: Chef Raymond Jackson’s fried chicken is a wonder of texture, with a crunchy, deep-fried crust that yields to greaseless, super-juicy meat. Pair it with soulful, smoked-turkey-studded collards and a sprightly black-eyed-pea salad, and you’ll not only be on trend, you’ll be a lucky—and very happy—diner.
Best Upside Down Pineapple Cake (2012)
Juicy with sugar (and a little bit of acid), spiced pineapples give this sticky dessert its urbane style. It’s the perfect way to end a meal at the place that has apparently become, by general consent, New Rochelle’s dining room.