If you, like many New Yorkers, are crumbling under anxiety induced by the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic, Peaches Low Country Kitchen would like to feed you a hearty dose of comfort food.
Located at 52 Fulton Street, just blocks away from the historic Seaport District, Peaches aims to please New Yorkers who favor build-your-own-salad and -bowl fare.
“We’re mimicked after the Sweetgreens, Chipotles, all of those places,” owner Greer Fredericks told the Downtown Alliance. “If they had a southern cousin, that would be us.”
For a new business opening during some of the coldest, harshest months of a still-raging pandemic, Peaches has come equipped for battle with cozy, Southern-style offerings like gumbo, shrimp and grits and a pull-apart monkey bread sprinkled with praline pecans that’s “like a cinnamon roll on steroids,” according to Fredericks.
By far the most popular menu item, however, is the fried chicken, which is brined in buttermilk for 23 hours before being served by the piece, by the bucket or atop a jalapeno-cheddar waffle dripping with maple syrup and whipped honey butter.
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Fredericks knows a thing or two about Southern food. Prior to her first full-fledged NYC venture, the longtime restaurateur worked for 35 years in the service industry before branching out on her own with Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint and Mama’s Boy Southern Table & Refuge in Connecticut.
In the months prior to its grand opening on November 23, Peaches has experienced several strokes of good luck, including food purveyors that have continued to deliver on time and a generous landlord that has been “so understanding and willing to work with us until we can get on the other side of this,” Fredericks said. “Everybody we’ve needed in our corner has been great.”
With barbecue brisket simmering and a beautiful Downtown location already secured, Fredericks said the only thing Peaches has yet to find is the customers. “I think whereas the Seaport would have been very busy around the holidays, it’s quiet,” she said. “But I know Downtown’s going to be great again. The businesses are here. The Seaport is amazing — we’re not going anywhere.”