A food that needs no introduction, the ever-glorious Southern biscuit has some exciting news. And that?s because someone has found a way to serve it, and only it, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, right here in NYC.
Say hello to Empire Biscuit.
A small storefront in the East Village, it?s got the familiar all-wood vibe of neighboring Momofuku Noodle Bar and, at certain peak times (weekend mornings and late nights), already has lines out the door. Why? Well, because it serves a simple menu of good old-fashioned biscuit sandwiches with homemade butters, jams and gravies.
Go classic with a bacon, egg and cheese, or get fancy with arugula-and-fennel butter and oxtail jelly. We opted for extra hearty and caved on a spicy chicken sandwich with pickled carrots. (Don?t worry, there are plenty of vegetarian options, too, like black-bean gravy and fried eggplant.)
But as downright sinful as that piping-hot biscuit was, the real treat was the genuinely pleasant staff (especially because we went during a slow time, around 5 p.m.). One cashier, who was on break, even said goodbye to us later down the street. Not surprising from a clearly Southern crew, hawking grandma?s finest.
Empire Biscuit, 198 Avenue A (at 12th St.); empirebiscuit.com