LOWER EAST SIDE
BIRDS & BUBBLES
New Southern. Opposites attract, and that’s the case at this sanctuary for fried chicken and champagne. Hearty Southern classics are given modern imaginings by Chef/ owner Sarah Simmons. The restaurant is hidden away in a subterranean space: Take care on the steep metal stairway. D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 100B Forsyth St., btw Broome & Grand sts., 646.368.9240. CLANCEY Contemporary American. Located just off Delancey on Clinton Street—hence the name—this restaurant and specialty cocktail and craft-beer bar has inventive dishes, such as Yesterday Lo Mein (fresh cold noodles with crispy hot pork belly) and shrimp and grits (white speckled grits, special oils and shrimp). An eclectic drinks list is highlighted by the frozen Moscow mule. D ( Tu-Su), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 79 Clinton St., btw Suffolk & Attorney sts., 917.388.3575. THE FAT RADISH Contemporary American. Earthy decor sets the scene for a market- driven menu that can feature monkfish green curry with seasonal vegetables, wild rice and coconut milk, or a heritage 14- oz. porterhouse pork chop with charred asparagus and chimichurri. “Snacks” include scotch egg with seeded mustard and cornichons, and a house specialty: grilled cheese and pickles. L ( Tu- F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$$ 17 Orchard St., btw Canal & Hester sts., 212.300.4053.