We've big Zac Brown Band fans since the early days, back when they signed with Atlantic Records (my former home) and had a song called "Chicken Fried" that reminded us a little bit of Jimmy Buffet except not for drunk 50 year olds. Since then, Zac Brown Band has gone on to achieve many great things, including several #1 hits, Grammys, and sold out arena shows around the world. But those aren't really the things that make us love them.
The real reason we're big Zac Brown Band fans is that these guys are just as serious about food as they are about music. Zac himself is a talented chef, and the band has a cookbook and their own BBQ sauce that you can buy on their website. And instead of meet and greets with fans while they're on the road, they do "eat and greets," where they hang out with everyone and feed them a meal from their personal tour chef out of a special cooking trailer they call "Cookie." That's our kind of concert experience.
Zac Brown Band has a brand new album called Jekyll + Hyde out now, and their summer tour by the same name starts tomorrow in Nashville. You can catch them on August 22nd at Citi Field. Until then, check out the band's NYC restaurant picks.
zac brown band's "perfect for" picks
"Do you like Cuban? We do! They have great black beans, and we know our Cuban black beans. Great food, great entertainment — a must go when in New York."
"230 Fifth has the perfect rooftop bar/lounge. With a great view of the Empire State building, you feel like King Kong."
"You never know who you are going to run into. (Plus, great shopping.)"
"What can you say about this place? If you want a damn good steak, this is the place. A very old, cool environment with a lot of New York attitude and history."
"Best damn burger/shakes and fries in NY. Any way you want 'em, quick, and best of all, affordable. It brings a downtown crowd to midtown. Cool hang!"
"Uncle Nick's is a great hang out in Hell's Kitchen (where percussionist Daniel de los Reyes' family is from), just a stone's throw away from the theaters. A bit crowded, but well worth the wait (usually not long)."