It’s Friday evening and nobody has agreed on where to eat. As usual, we end up falling back on some of our favorite go-to spots. These are the places worthy of that extra transfer on the train, or the cab fare crosstown–because the meal is always great. For my crew, Hundred Acres is that type of restaurant–delicious American fare, every time.
With outdoor dining NYC style (out the back), a great bar and an intriguing menu, Hundred Acres is a cozy place at a comfortable noise level–good for a fun date night, or a nice dinner with the gang. During the warmer months, it’s always nice to sit by the front windows or in their lovely garden out back. Inside, it’s warm, inviting and convivial.
Appetizers here are not the usual. You’ll find anything from shrimp hush puppies to fried egg soup to their cheese-topped chili bowl (all have been good choices). The variety of their smaller ‘nibbles’ menu makes it easy to sample the lot and still have room for the entrée.
And while the Hundred Acres menu seems to change every full moon, one thing is certain–the chicken dishes are always fantastic. Whether it’s grilled, fried, or baked with peaches, this place knows how to prepare fowl. I seem to find a new chicken item on the menu every time, which makes it that much tougher to decide what to order!
Though I always have an eye on the steak, I’ve learned to reserve it for special occasions. And while Hundred Acres is no chophouse, their flat iron steak has been a win with me for years. Every few trips I’ll go for the strip, which is accompanied by a side of hot, delicious, Yukon gold potatoes. Though not the best steak in NYC, this one is as savory as it is satiating. Just pair it with a glass of Chianti, and you’re set.
Hundred Acres is a quick walk for anyone living in SoHo or West Village apartment rentals, but worth the trip for those living beyond. Located at 38 Macdougal Street, at Prince Street, this spot is always a home run. But don’t take my word for it–bring your friends or your S.O. It’ll be a fun dinner to remember.
*Images courtesy of Yelp