Located in the East Village,¬†Peels is an American restaurant with a Southern influence that serves hearty, comforting food. There are two floors, each with a dining room and bar, and the seating is nice and spacious. I had dropped by one night for a few bourbons and some parker house rolls, and knew that I had to come back for a full-on dinner. When I did, I just had to order the parker house rolls again (they are warm, fluffy, and delicious, especially when slathered with lots of butter), along with the macaroni and cheese (loved the wagon wheels) and roasted butternut squash soup — a special appetizer of the night (I’ll eat anything that involves butternut squash). And then, the moment I’d been waiting for: super juicy & crispy fried chicken with creamy, buttery mashed potatoes covered in a black pepper gravy. Does it get any better than that? I don’t think so! Loved every single bite. The chefs, Preston and Ginger Madson, are an incredibly talented (and adorable) husband and wife team. They made my experience at Peels a truly wonderful one, and I am so thankful! Can’t wait to check out their newest restaurant, Isa, in Brooklyn this spring. :)

Peels: 325 Bowery (at East 2nd Street)


Warm Parker House Rolls with Butter


Macaroni & Cheese (Wagon Wheel, Shells, & Elbow Macaronis With Three Cheese Bechamel)


Roasted Butternut Squash Soup


Fried Chicken with Red Creamer Mashed Potatoes & Black Pepper Gravy


Warm Sugar-Coated Bread Pudding with Rainbow Ice Cream