Getting Southern soul food in New York is not hard, getting great Southern food is extremely difficult. You have Justin Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality, Virgil’s and Bourbon Street, but they are only ok and the later is beyond horrible. The other night when I went to Lucille’s tucked inside the blues club B.B. Kings, I was in for the surprise of my life. Here the BBQ Beef Short Ribs ($34) are so flavorful and done to perfection, they melt right off the bone. The dish comes with garlic mashed potato’s and smoked Southern style corn. Both my guest and I are truly in love with this item and can’t wait to come back for more. We did not stop talking about this item all night. The Smothered Chicken with Mac and Cheese and Collard Greens $30) was also was a winner. With the portions being beyond generous, the food sublime and at these prices in the heart of Times Square, it is nothing more than a miracle. We also were in for a treat with the Smoked Beef Brisket, which comes burger style ($25 or Appetizer $13) and the Blues Boy Memphis Style BBQ Ribs ($30) which is tender and slides right into your mouth. Loving grits the way I do I ordered a side ($8) and discovered the cheese grits are like food style crack. These were seriously the best grits I have had in a long time.
To quench out thirst we tried the Sonny Boy which is Jägermeister, Peach Schnapps, Tito’s Vodka, Pineapple Juice, Cranberry Juice, Red Bull and At Last Stormy Weather with Don Julio Tequila, Myers Rum, Crème de Casis, Lime Juice, Agave Nectar, Orange Juice. At $16 these drinks were not only generous, but seriously well poured.
For dessert we tried the Key Lime Pie and the Carmel Cheesecake at $12. I am super picky when it comes to Key Lime Pie and this was my only disappointment. It wasn’t bad, I’ve just had better, however the Carmel Cheese Cake was heavenly.
The venue itself is intimate, friendly, masculine and warm. Expect serious musicians to entertain, as that is part of it’s charm. This is the perfect place to head for a Saturday or Sunday brunch and note to Broadway this is the perfect venue for that opening night party. With rooms that fill 200 and 500, food that is Tony worthy, this just might make your celebration a complete rave. Not only that but it is right in the heart of the neighborhood.
Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson the executive chef for B.B. Kings is launching his own cooking show “Cook-Up with Chef Patrick” on the TEMPO Networks. Best known for his talent of infusing a variety of flavors in his dishes and his culinary influences, Chef Patrick is currently the Corporate Executive Chef for B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York, NY, Highline Ballroom, Howard Theater in Washington D.C, and Subrosa. As a celebrity chef, Chef Patrick pushes the boundaries in the kitchen, with Caribbean spices, Southern cooking with an American flair. Each dish he creates is a work of art, not only in flavor combinations but on the plate as well.
If you are having a hankering for some good old fashion soul food, Southern style Lucille’s is the place to head. We certainly are smitten.
Lucille’s Inside B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill, 237 West 42nd Street.