After years of providing concierge and management services for celebrities like Timbaland, Amaris Jones decided she needed a place to feed him the comfort food she grew up eating in Philly so he could keep benching lots of weight. The result: South Street, a sexed-up loungey joint with vintage Teddy Pendergrass LPs on purple walls, murals, and a serious menu of "neo-soul" cuisine
Eats: Gigi's Amir Ben Zion's putting his own spin on Jones' family recipes including buttermilk fried chicken, deep-fried catfish fingers, bourbon BBQ wings, a filet topped w/ blue cheese butter & tobacco onions, and a serious plate of shrimp 'n grits... oh yea-yer
Drinks: Bar Lab's taken the helm to craft libations like the dark rum & chai elixir Brownstone and a slew of "spiked teas" including the Broad Street (tequila, Zignum mezcal, blood orange tea reduction, Aperol), and the Hennessy/Mandarine Napoleon tea reduction Billy D, enough of which will ensure you don't work tomorrow, every time
Vibe: No iPods looping Goyte here -- they'll be rotating in local crooners and jazz groups in the upstairs lounge, as well as have an ongoing soundtrack involving everyone from James Brown, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington, to Erykah Badu and The Roots, at least one afroed member of which also grew up eating a lot of food in Philly.