We were fully prepared to congratulate Mr. Bob White on cooking up the best fried chicken in the East Village until we read the bio on the Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter’s website. Apparently Bob had absolutely nothing to do with the aforementioned fried chicken, nor is he even a person. A “bobwhite” is actually a bird, specifically a quail from Virginia, the home state of this restaurant’s owner. Interesting. Regardless of who Bob is, the bottom line is that Bobwhite Counter serves up one fine piece of fried chicken that you need to get your mouth on immediately.
Bobwhite’s ain’t fancy, but The Counter gets the job done right. The only negative is that, while the food is comforting, the eat-in dining experience is not. It’s an awkward room without much character or warmth. The service is close to non-existent, which is to be expected considering you order at a counter and then wait at the bar or a high top table for your food to come out. Still, both times we ate here the lone waitress behind the counter seemed frazzled, overwhelmed, and unhappy. Not a good look. We’ll forgive her for forgetting our drinks even though we asked twice, because apparently figuring out how to work GrubHub is a daunting challenge. The frustrating thing is that they have a bunch of good beers on tap, which might otherwise make this a solid neighborhood hang. And while we have put Bobwhite into heavy rotation, you won’t find us kickin’ it here very often. We’ve got it on Quick Eats & take out only status, which is probably the point of this whole thing anyway.
Just by looking at Bobwhite’s fried chicken, you can tell a lot of love goes into its preparation. The bird itself is perfectly cooked - soft and juicy on the inside, just the way it should be. And it’s available as an $11 dinner for one or also family style, with helpings for four or more. Delivery fried chicken has never been this good.
A thin patty of seared pork is served on a toasted bun with a homemade relish delivered straight from heaven. Good lord this thing is amazing. Don’t shy away from it because it sounds intimidating. This sandwich is actually the perfect size, and is completely manageable.
Solid, but no where near as good as either of the aforementioned items. Stick to the pork chop if you’re going to get a sandwich.
Standard mixed greens salad with red beets, goat cheese, grapefruit, candied pecans, and a honey-shallot vinaigrette with a homemade buttermilk biscuit on top. Nice touch.
The options rotate, but their tomato pudding is one of their signature dishes as it’s Grandma’s recipe and always on the menu. Definitely check that out. The braised greens are good, as are the mac ’n cheese.
Infatuation approved. The only thing we would have done differently is possibly heated up the pie a bit and served it with some vanilla ice cream. That being said, it’s delicious and worth every ounce of fat it’s gonna put on your thighs.