A spot selling some of the best fried chicken in the East Village and arguably all of New York just announced that their latest expansion will take them to one of the larger developments in Paulus Hook.
Late last week, Bobwhite Counter announced on their Instagram that they will officially be opening inside Portside Towers at the storefront along 100 Warren Street. Formerly occupied by Simple Sam’s Food and Wine, a banner announcing the eatery’s arrival has already been put up on the windows of the space.
For those wondering if anybody named Bob White is involved in the business, that would be a no. A bobwhite is another name for a quail and the restaurant first opened in 2012 at 94 Avenue C in Manhattan as the brainchild of owner and chef Keedick Coulter.
Hailing from Roanoke, Virginia, a review in the New York Times detailed Coulter’s process of drenching his chicken in sweet tea and leaving it to brine overnight. The bird is then dredged in milk, flour, salt, pepper, and spices before being pressure fried to perfection.
In addition to the Avenue C spot, Bobwhite Counter has been serving out of two Urbanspace public markets on Lexington and Park avenues. New York-centric blog Gothamist thinks their fried chicken is the best in New York.
Plates at Bobwhite Counter include combinations of thighs, wings, drumsticks, or boneless tenders, and the restaurant features a fried catfish platter as well. Their sandwiches and biscuit choices run from a buffalo chicken option, a cheddar bacon version, or a pimento cheese variety. Sides like mac and cheese, collard greens, and coleslaw round out the menu.
Bobwhite Counter is the latest in a long line of restaurants from New York that have been crossing the Hudson River as of late. During this year’s second half, Jersey City locations of DomoDomo, The Boil, Yaso Tangbao, and Melt Shop have either opened or are slated to open soon (and that’s not even mentioning the likely Artichoke Pizza outpost that’s supposedly still in the works).
A spokesperson for Bobwhite Counter said they don’t yet have any timeline for the opening of their Warren Street space, which will be their second brick-and-mortar location when it’s up and running.