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Southern Hospitality Still Mobbed

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Since throwing its doors open July 19, the Justin Timberlake-owned Southern Hospitality BBQ spot has been pretty consistently mobbed.  The above pic is from Saturday night around 6 pm — about 25 people were waiting outside trying to get in.

I know its only been open about 2 weeks, but what’s the over/under on this place dying down? 

Related:
Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality Opens…Kind Of
Justin Timberlake Sets Up Shop On The Upper East Side

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Cheap Eats On The UES?

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New York Magazine’s current issue features its annual list of the best, new inexpensive eating spots in the city, and while there’s this…

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Eats: Restaurant Week, New Openings

The second part of summer restaurant week starts today, so get out there and take advantage of the discount rates — $24.07 for lunch and $35.00 for dinner — at some of the city’s most exclusive restaurants.  Check out this page for a look at participating spots.

78thand2nd recently hit and recommends Maya — the place nails it with a fantastic upscale “modern mexican” cuisine and good service (get the margaritas, any entree and make sure to get dessert as well).  Maya is located at 1191 First Ave (near 65th) and is one of chef Richard Sandoval’s restaurants.

Some other food news, according to the Times we have a few new spots in the neighborhood:

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Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality Opens…Kind Of

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After some delays, workers put the finishing touches on pop star Justin Timberlake’s new BBQ spot, Southern Hospitality, over the weekend — hanging the banner on Saturday, and very unofficially and quietly opening the doors Saturday night with a young gent named Jarod helming the bar.

So what’s on the menu? According to Jarod, nothing yet. 

Despite the 30, or so, in Southern Hospitality Saturday night — who were drinking and hanging out at the bar — the place isn’t actually open until later in the week, although 78thand2nd walked right in (sorry, no camera) and hung out for a minute before inquiring about the menu.

“No menus yet, we’re not really open,” said the bartender, “we going to open Thursday.”

So what’s going on inside?  The walls are lined with N’Sync plaques and a full-sized statue of Jessica Biel greets you at the door.  Ok, actually not.  But it’s a little more bar-oriented than you may have guessed — the first half of the space is lined with a bar on the right side and tables for dinner are towards the back.  Brother Jimmy’s might have something to worry about. 

Southern Hospitality is located at 1460 2nd Avenue, between 76th and 77th.

Update: The Post reports the restaurant will be open Wednesday.

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Justin Timberlake Sets Up Shop On The Upper East Side

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 It finally looks like pop star Justin Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality BBQ restaurant, located on 2nd between 76th and 77th, is getting close to opening.

If you’ve been by the spot in the past couple of months, you’ve probably noticed it’s been in various states of construction. But, in the past few days, there’s been noticeable improvement — the boards and other construction junk were taken down — and it looks like a mid-July opening might actually be happening. The restaurant had previously planned an April debut, according to Zagat.com.

And you have to figure Southern Hospitality will be competing with Brother Jimmy’s BBQ (at least in some fashion, we’ll have to wait to see the menu) which is located one block north – so this should be interesting. Maybe more menu wars are in our future?

At least he’s not opening a sushi place.

Timberlake also co-owns midtown Italian eatery Destino, according to Zagat.

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Eats: Caffe Buon Gusto, The Boathouse

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Caffe Buon Gusto
236 E. 77th St.
(bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
Manhattan, NY
212-535-6884

Caffe Buon Gusto — serving straight-forward Italian cuisine — is the neighborhood gem. The interior of the restaurant had a makeover recently and if the plan was to make it less appealing, it worked. If you’re a fan of a color best described as “dull off-mustard” and Home Interior figurines, you’re going to be psyched with this place. But, ignoring the décor – the place is gold. Great food, good service, moderate prices make it the go-to for a night with a date, dinner with friends, or to grab a quick bite.
78th and 2nd tip – the back area gets BRUTALLY hot during the summer, stay away.
Seated quickly: Yes
Service/Staff: Quick, knowledgeable
Food: Great
Atmosphere: Not so much. It looks like my mother and grandmother teamed for their version of  “exquisite design.”
Probability A Frat Guy Will Start A Fight: Low. If frat guys are here, they’re lost and asking the waiter where Moe’s Cantina is.

 

Boathouse
Central Park, enter on E. 72nd St.
(Central Park Dr. N.)
Manhattan, NY
212-517-2233

Sure, it’s a bit of tourist trap but even if you’re a native it’s worth trying the Boathouse once for ambience and people watching adventure. The food is over-priced, but you can have a great time grabbing drinks and appetizers at the outside bar. The biggest problem – the bar and sitting area might hold 100, but about three times that many people have had the same idea as you. Get there early, plan on fighting for tables and seats, and then you’ll be able to relax over mimosas.
78th and 2nd tip– Scope out the tables closet to the small brick wall, near the outside bar. Proximity to the bar is key, and the wall can seat another 2 or 3 if you slide the table over to it.
Seated quickly: No. Seating is brutal.
Service/Staff: Overworked and hate you.
Food: It’s basically expensive bar food.
Atmosphere: This is what you’re paying for – great place to bring out of towners – so soak up the sun, the people.
Probability A Frat Guy Will Start a Fight: Low. If frat guys are in the park, they’re shirtless and hitting on girls on the great lawn. 

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UES Links

Will Three Guys Diner (on Madison) be the next spot to shutter due to high rents? [NY Daily News]
NYC ‘no trans fats’ deadline approaches, eateries on schedule [AP via MSNBC]
Two officers in UES accident this morning [ABC news]
Rape Rap vs. Teacher’s Aide [NY Post]

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