The Derby

Restaurants , Soul and southern American Lower East Side
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Paul Wagtouicz

The Derby

Paul Wagtouicz

The Derby

Paul Wagtouicz

Buttermilk biscuit with maple jalapeno butter at the Derby

Paul Wagtouicz

Wild caught branzino at the Derby

Paul Wagtouicz

Braised pork belly with collard greens and bourbon peppercorn glaze at the Derby

Paul Wagtouicz

Cinnamon bun at the Derby

Paul Wagtouicz

Firefly cocktail at the Derby

After riding the raw-fish wave with Tiny Fork, nightlife vet Rob Shamlian (Los Feliz, Fat Baby) hops on another food-world bandwagon: the concept switcheroo. Joining the likes of Martha (née Brooklyn Sandwich Society), Contrada (Calliope) and Caribbean-themed Glady's (replacing sub-slicing Glady's), Shamlian has retooled his Lower East Side bivalve bar as a biscuits-and-bourbon Southern restaurant. Down-home dishes include cornmeal-crusted catfish with lemon brown butter, chicken-fried steak with okra and wild mushrooms, and a low-country boil studded with royal red shrimp and andouille. The white-marble bar and mahogany accents survived the remodel, though those turquoise stools are now a sunny yellow.
Venue name: The Derby
Address: 167 Orchard St
New York
Cross street: at Stanton St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 4pm–2am; Fri, Sat 4pm–4am Sat Sun 11am
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts
Price: Average entrée: $20. AmEx, MC, V
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