42 Grove St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.732803 -74.004340
Do not listen to this last guy – The prior review is ridiculous.
Listen, this place is truly old school. It's been around a long time. If you're planning on being attended to, they do the minimum, but usually friendly enough.
The reason to come here is the food, plain and simple. They serve seriously good soul food. Everything is good. Mac and cheese, fried chicken, pork chops, breakfast is fantastic and can be had anytime. The bacon is absolutely the best this side of Peter Luger's (yes I think they bacon at Luger's is their best dish, forget the steak!).
This is a place that has character, history and great soul food. Don't some here expecting stellar service that's the way it's been for 50+years. They do play music, usually R&B. Sometimes the music is loud.
THERE IS ONE REASON TO COME HERE, THE FOOD!!!
If you're the kind of person that can go to a good restaurant that has great food and give it one star because the waiter had a puss on their face, you shouldn't be writing food reviews!
AVOID AVOID AVOID – I've been to this place three times and after today I have decided to no longer patronize this business. The major complaint I have noticed every time is that the staff, on every level, is completely low class and unprofessional. On one occassion I witnessed an argument between two employees that seemed like it could very easily have led to a fight (yelling, profanity, threats).
EVERYTIME I have been there I and my girlfriend have been treated poorly in one way or another by waitstaff either by not being acknowledged at all, made to wait long time before we were even greeted, or being addressed as if they had a bad day. At times we could be smiled at and at times we could be scowled at, then ignored, then smiled at again all by the same waitress (moodswings?)
The music is blasted loudly, and very abruptly, as if it is assumed that EVERYBODY in there wants to hear loud music. You could be having a good conversation and then all of a sudden they start blaring something out of the jukebox and you cant even hear your self speak!
Today my girlfriend was addressed very dissmissively by a waitress, Jillian, who wasnt even serving us to begin with! I am in a service business, and I can say that your attitude and personality is EVERYTHING in service. Everything should have a smile to go with it and your tone should be upbeat and positive. It is tough to have a bad day in service businesses because you cannot allow that to affect your clientele at all! This is what the most successful service providers of any business know and understand. It doesnt matter what you are going through, If you are serving people, you'd better smile and be positive because if you do they will aaaalways come back to you.
This is the last time I will return here to give my money up to a business that has such low level people working there. We gave it enough chances.This place needs an entire face lift in every sense. If the owners of this business are not making as much money as they should be making then I assure you this is why. And if they feel that they are making enough, I can assure you that they could be making waaaaay more than they ever dreamed of if they paid good attention to fixing some key issues.
Southern Delight – I've dropped a lot of money here. The reason for that is the food feeds the soul. Soul Food. Its hard to find decent soul food in NYC, very hard. This is a place where the chicken, mac & cheese and the collard greens is straight from the southern pages of cooking. Not everything is great on the menu but a great effort is done to keep the 50 year tradition in tact. I recommend to try the traditional southern dishes offered before making a decision on the overall cuisine.
Best Soul food in town – I was recommended by a friend that the Pink Teacup has mouth watering food. Trust me it wasn't a lie, the potatoe salad is a must have. The peach cobbler is more like desert heaven. I was able to have a dinner for two with desert for under 35 dollars...............Highly recommended....
good food – a bit cramped but the food is shared in generous portions and it tastes great
good food – a bit cramped but the food is shared in generous portions and it tastes great
Pretty cool soul food... – First I'd like to state that they always catered to white folks about the same as everyone else... in fact, they
seem to try to service them even more! Anyway it is about service + food NOT race so let me pontificate regarding the service first! The service is the same as when I went in the 80's, very relaxed ambiance unless it's packed (when it's crowded the service becomes fair at best). The food that I had was good (fried whiting, potato salad, okra), but then again that's my usual at that location. I especially suggest going for brunch on Saturday/Sundays or Friday evenings... leave your notion of privilege at home and come relaxed with open mind and empty stomach! Btw, the only soul food restaurant I really, really dislike is Sylvia's (yuck).
If you are White, this is not the Place to go unless you want to get harassed! – I have frequented The Pink Teacup for 40 years. I grew up in the Village. Today, I went there & for the first time, had a horrific experience w/ a waitress, Renee. She had attitude to me the entire time, did not greet me when I walked in. In contrast, she was pleasant to Black folks when they walked in. In contrast as well, she was lovely & quite lobie-dobie when she was on her cell phone & spoke to her to someone I presume was significant other who I knew from her loud voice was "outside." So obviously it was neither a bad day nor that time of the month! No silverware was put on my table. I asked another waiter. My salad & soup were forgotten. When I asked for it, I got a lot of attitude (i.e., sucking of teeth & rolling up of eyes) & she said that she thought I had said I didn't want it. No corn bread arrived, though I noticed on all the other patrons' (who happened to be Black) tables, there was cornbread . I checked the menu again to see if this was supposed to have been included w/ my meal & indeed it was. All the other tables had them. When I explained to the other waiter who had been so sweet & was this was the last time I dined there (I had tipped $10), he was apologetic. Renee started mouthing off that it had nothing to do w/ the color of my skin! If you are white, this is not the place to go unless you want to be treated w/ great animosity! The photos of The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. should be removed because this is certainly not what he stood for! Other friends have said that this place has gone downhill! If you use the restrooms, you can black dust curled all over the pipes as well! It's also disgusting & filthy! There are many places to go in Harlem & Spanish Harlem that serve better food, have fabulous ambiance that are half the price!
Worst "Soul Food" in town – I took my girlfriend to the Pink Teacup, thinking that it would be a nice, cozy spot to share some soulfood. Boy was I wrong. My girl really likes chitterlings. So we ordered some. But what they served was not properly cleaned -- a big no-no for chitterlings. She was able to camouflage the stench with some hot sauce for a few bites. But finally gave up in disgust. The black eye peas that they served us were stale, mushy and looked like they might have had maggots in them -- no joke!. The coffee tasted as though it had been sitting for hours, perhaps days. I had the bbq chicken which tasted like the sauce had come from a jar. Moreover, it looked like they took some fried chicken and poured some canned bbq sauce on it. The potato salad was an underprepared crime.
The potatoes in the salad were large chunks and the salad was underseasoned. On top of all of that, both of us became quite queasy in the hours after that meal. Oh yeah, one more thing. The biscuits, which should be the highlight of a good soul food meal tasted like they came from a Pillsbury roll!
Avoid this place if you are used to eating edible meals and/or you love real soul food. You have been warned.
Horrible All Around – I'll just get to the point. The food was terrible. I went in expecting some delicious soul food but what i was served sure tasted like canned preserved foods. Not to mention everything was over salted. Not sure if the "cook" was infact a professional or just a master at using a can opener. Avoid at all costs. And don't get swayed by all the celebrity photos they have so proudly decorating their walls. This place is a sham and a discrace to be labled "soul food"
Oh yea, and the entire staff, head chef included basically jerked around the dining room the entire night talking loudly and joking as if there were no customers.
Small portions, overly salty foods and horrible staff. I give this place 1 star at best.
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