242 West 10th St (Greenwich Ave/Waverly Pl), West Village

If you are looking for a good time, have a hell-be-damned attitude towards calories, and like down-home Southern food – you might be Paula Deen and you will probably love Lowcountry. There is nothing subtle here, except maybe the exterior, which seems like only a bar, but it does work as a guilty pleasure. Lowcountry cuisine is that of South Carolina’s coast. It’s big into fried food, shrimp and grits, biscuits, etc. At Lowcountry in Manhattan, you walk from a relatively quiet, elegant West Village street into a packed bar playing very loud rock tunes, and beyond to a small seating area. It’s definitely a place to indulge and there is a lot to indulge on.

We started with the pimento deviled eggs and the iceberg wedge salad with bacon and deviled egg dressing. Both the deviled eggs and iceberg wedge are classics from the 1960’s that have been lowcountrified with the additions of the pimento cheese and the bacon and egg dressing. They both had bold flavors and were great starters. For mains we had the Fried Chicken Breast, Cheddar Biscuit Country Sausage Gravy, Onion Jam and Cornmeal Dusted Catfish Carolina Red Rice and Beans, Chow Chow Remoulade. Both were very saucy and indulgent with many flavors packing a punch. I preferred the catfish, but maybe because I had it first and was full when I got to the chicken. I did like the onion jam on the chicken, but the addition of the biscuit and gravy was a little much for me. But I think if I was here with a group of friends, and wanted to have lots of drinks and let loose, Lowcountry would be the perfect place to do it. It is very similar to the Mason Jar in Murray Hill, in that it’s a bar and comfort food destination and doesn’t care about local organic ingredients. It just wants you to have a good ol’ time!