Monday, February 3, 2014

Nashville-Style Hot Chicken Joint Planned for New York's East Village

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 6:13 PM

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Don't know if it solves the mystery of the Craigslist ad, but documents filed with a New York City liquor licensing board indicate a restaurant that will serve "comfort food with a Southern feel specializing in Nashville-style Hot Chicken" aims to open in New York's East Village in a space vacated by an Eastern European diner called Odessa Cafe.

The news was first reported today by EV Grieve, "an East Village blog where you'll find local news on the real estate, restaurants and residents of the East Village NYC."

Documents filed today on the CB3 [Community Board 3] website show that Ravi DeRossi's latest bar-restaurant concept will serve comfort food "with a southern feel specializing in Nashville Hot Chicken."

(Per Wikipedia: "In its typical preparation, it is a portion of breast, thigh, or wing that has been marinated in buttermilk, breaded, sauced using a paste that has been heavily spiced with cayenne pepper, and pan-fried.")

DeRossi's company, whose other other local establishments include Death and Co., Amor Y Amargo, Mayahuel, the Bourgeois Pig, Gin Palace and Proletariat, is buying the assets of the former Odessa Cafe and Bar, which closed last Aug. 31 at 117 Avenue A.

It's interesting that they went to Wikipedia as their source to figure out what Nashville hot chicken is.

Today's news was picked up by New York Magazine's Grub Street blog, which said New York may not be ready to handle "actual, authentically spicy and hot chicken," pointing to a Mind of the Chef video showing Sean Brock weeping in exquisite torment over his plate of hot bird at Prince's.

After the jump, check out the proposed menu, pulled from the license application by EV Grieve.

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