This Yankee gal has been advised countless of times by well-meaning Southern friends that she absolutely, positively must eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day. The superstition–some say dating from the Civil War–has it that ingesting the little devils will bring you boundless luck and prosperity in the year ahead.
Southerners typically chow down on the two-toned legumes in a salad or with stewed tomatoes…or in Hoppin’ John, a popular dish in which the peas are cooked with rice, pork (such as chopped pork or ham, hog jowls or hambones, fatback or bacon) and
I’m not sure if there’s any truth to this legend, but who am I to turn up my nose at possible everlasting love or a fountain of riches? Besides that, Southern soul food rocks so the worst case scenario is that you’ll have a killer meal.
I’ve done a little research and found a few restaurants in New York that serve up the goods:
Pies ‘n Thighs
166 S. 4th St. (at Driggs Ave.), Brooklyn
Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too
366 W. 110th St. (between Columbus & Manhattan Ave.), Manhattan
329 Smith St. (between President & Carroll St.), Brooklyn
328 Lenox Ave. (between 126th & 127th St.), Manhattan
We here at the Washington Square Hotel and North Square Restaurant wish you a happy, healthy and yes, lucky and prosperous New Year–whatever you choose to eat!