Empire Biscuit

Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Drunk.

That’s the slogan at Empire Biscuit, take it or leave it.

Empire Biscuit is a “24 hour Southern biscuit shop” and that tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the place. In a city where there’s tons of restaurants based on one-item (see Nugget Spot, S’mac, Taquitoria…), it was only a matter of time before a biscuit placed popped up.

When Empire Biscuit first opened, there was so much demand that they frequently sold out and eventually had to close for a few days to reorganize and hire more staff.

The interior of the restaurant is very modern and clean with lots of light wood. A lot of Yelpers said that it reminded them of a Japanese restaurant or ramen place and I totally get that vibe too.

IMG_2972The menu is pretty simple with only a few offerings, divided between sandwiches (priced around $6 to $9) and jam sandwiches ($4.50 each). Of the former, you can choose between a sandwich with ham, sausage patty, bacon and egg, roasted poblano stuffed with summer vegetables and scallion cream, tea & tarragon-brined fried chicken with pickled green tomato and house ranch, beer braised pork with pickled jalapeños and cole slaw, or pork sausage gravy. Of the latter, you can get the Snuggah-Boo, which has goat cheese and black pepper butter with plum, prune, and port jam; the Ben and Karen, which has spiced candied pecan butter with apple butter; Your Mother’s House, which has maple syrup butter with pumpkin pie spread; and the Fig and Pig, which has bacon butter with fig jam. As you can see, there are lots of fun combinations and flavors.

I was torn between the fried chicken sandwich and the Snuggah Boo. To go with my love of ranch or my love of goat cheese? Hard choice. Because in the end I was looking for something more hearty, I went with the chicken sammie. The tartness of the tomato plus the creamy ranch plus the crunchy fried chicken was delicious and totally validated my choice. And side note: I’ve realized that when I look at a menu and pick what sounds the most appealing to me, it often ends up being one of the more expensive items, if not the most expensive. What’s up with that?! Expensive tastes I guess? Lucky me… This definitely applied here as the fried chicken is the most expensive biscuit at $8.50.

If you’re in the mood for it, you can also order a biscuit with plain butter or with honey butter for $3.25 and $3.50 respectively. Hey, I won’t judge. Sometimes you just want a biscuit. But if you’re going to go to a specialty biscuit place like this one, don’t you want to have a little fun with it? I thought so.

Teat & Tarrgon-brined Fried Chicken with Pickled Green Tomato and House Ranch sandwich

198 Ave A
New York, NY 10009


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