Tasha and Julie give comfort food an upscale makeover at their two New York City restaurants. They started with the Little Giant on the Lower East Side and more recently expanded into Chelsea with Tipsy Parson, which opened in October, 2009. Try one of their eateries for surprising and mouthwatering culinary twists on comfort and southern food classics.
At Little Giant they’re intent on providing quality through fresh seasonal ingredients that they find at local green markets and specialty stores on the Lower East Side and throughout the city. The menu stays fluid since their dishes feature natural and organic ingredients that are in season and available at that given time. They offer vegetarian options and are happy to prepare something especially for you to meet your dietary needs.
They add flair to traditional dishes by mixing unique flavors and ingredients. Some highlights include: mac and cheese made with grafton aged cheddar and grana padano (a hard cheese made by monks in Italy and dating back 1,000 years); grilled cheese with black truffle oil; duck confit BLT; biscuits and gravy with their homemade buttermilk chive biscuits, homemade sausage and roasted garlic herb gravy; and ramps with poached eggs. Luckily their creativity knows no bounds and is fueled by wonderful local ingredients—the same is true for their bar and cocktail selections. They’re open for lunch and dinner, brunch on Saturday and Sunday and have outside space. Location: LES, 85 Orchard Street
Tipsy Parson opened in Chelsea just over 6 months ago and it’s already a hit judging by the crowd last Wednesday night – it was packed by 7:30. The space is totally charming with comfy window alcove seating, wooden benches and tables, long beautiful white marble bar and homey yet elegant accents. They serve creative renditions of comfort food classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner similar to Little Giant, however with a tad bit more of an emphasis on southern dishes.
Their best sellers include: mushroom toast, roasted poussin, fried oysters, catfish po’boy, pimento cheeseburger, deviled eggs, grits, hush puppies and the ‘green” salad which isn’t actually green. For desert I highly recommend the strawberry rhubarb pie which is made to order and requires 45 minutes notice. For brunch they’ve just introduced “The Luther“ cheeseburger (named after Luther Vandross), which is an insane mix of grafton cheese, organic burger, bacon and glazed doughnut buns! Luther’s available only at weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10A-4P. You’ve got to try Tipsy’s–they’re fun, friendly and delicious. Location: Chelsea 156 9th Avenue
Flickr: gsz, The Luther, Tipsy Parson