WHERE: 32 East 21st St.
CUISINE: New Southern
gravyny.com

Do you like Michael Jordan? Do you enjoy Southern food? If you've answered yes to both of these questions, we'd like to direct you to Gravy, the new restaurant from Michael Vignola, the executive chef behind Michael Jordan’s The Steakhouse NYC. His latest endeavor seeks to gather up all the divergent cultural strands that make up the South—French, Spanish, Caribbean, and Mexican—and make the flavors pop in all their complexity.

A quick stroll through the menu's pages reveal Blackened King Crab Legs, three varieties of grits, Spice Rubbed Venison, and Black-Eyed Pea Hummus, just to name a few. At Gravy, they make it a point to source local products from the regions their recipes draw on, ensuring that the ingredients will be just as fresh as the riffs and variations on the Southern classics Vignola and crew cook up.