You can take the girl out of the south, but can’t the southern out of the girl. While I didn’t go out of my way listen to county music when I was growing up in Houston, it was a part of my life. Country music to Texas is like bagels to New York, it’s part of the culture. I learned how to square dance, I’ve been to the rodeo, and yes I owned a pair of cowboy boots.
When I walked into the Opry City Stage, I had no idea that I would feel so much nostalgia about country music. The restaurant is a multi-level venue near the Times Square area in New York City inspired by the Grand ‘Ole Opry. Throughout the venue are photographs capturing nine decades of Opry moments. here are vintage posters up of famous country musicians and personalities. I even got a little misty eyed when I saw a photo of Minnie Pearl.
The menu is created by Eric and Bruce Bromberg, the owners of Blue Ribbon Chicken. Since it’s one of my favorite spots in NYC to get fried chicken, I had high expectations for the food. The menu resembles what you would find in Nashville from big barbecue palates and southern side dishes like smothered greens, cornbread pudding, and pit beans and pork/ I ordered the Two Step, a dish big enough for 2-3 people. It’s an array of barbecue meat selections and two side dishes. I also had to try their Mac N’ Cheese a four cheese combo of American, Cheddar, Mozzarella & Parmesan. Can’t really go wrong with anything that has four cheeses. My guest and I could not have been happier with our meal. As a barbecue connoisseur, I’m happy to report that the meat was tender and falling off the bone.
There is a happy hour from 4-7pm. The wine list is fine. It’s not as thought out as the cocktail list, but if you are craving vino you will be able to find something. It’s really about the cocktails. I kicked things off with a Broadway to Broadway which is a libation that featured Deep Eddy Sweet Tea and Vodka. I ended up falling getting a major crush on the Hibiscus Margarita, a mix of Herradurra Tequila and hibiscus.
The live music started playing starting at 6pm, the perfect ambience to pair with the food. In fact there is live music daily. Sometimes performances from the Opry’s Nashville stage streamed live onto the big screens in City Stage. Recent noteworthy performances include Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Macy Gray, LOCASH, Lee Roy Parnell, Bobby Vincent, Rhonda Vincent and Aaron Watson. The forth is a music venue that hosts private performances. That gives you the option of being a smaller more intimate space if that’s your jam.
From beginning to end everything was stellar. The music, food, and the service was on point. I felt like was in Nashville. It’s a great night out on the town. Also note that the restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch so if you find yourself in the area you can drop in.
Opry City Stage
1604 Broadway, b/w 48th & 49th Street
New York, NY 10019