If you know me, then you probably know that I love fried chicken and champagne. So naturally, when my friend Callie heard about Birds & Bubbles, a new restaurant featuring two of my favorite things in life, she forwarded the article to me. We immediately made a girls' date to try the LES spot. I'd never thought to pair fried chicken and champagne together, but if two things are delicious on their own then they must be doubly delicious when together. :)
The restaurant is easy to miss if you're not looking for it. It's a downstairs location on a nondescript street on the cusp of Chinatown, and it's also surrounded by a bunch of vacant stores. But once you step inside, you'll appreciate the newly renovated and minimally decorated atmosphere. It's a narrow space and there is a bar at the front which allows patrons to mingle and nibble if they please. Past the bar there is another room in the back of the restaurant, which is equally narrow but looks to sit about 20 people. Even further past this room is the outdoor seating, which is a more spacious courtyard/patio area and probably fits about 30.
Moving on to the important stuff, we decided to start off with cocktails. The June Bug was fantastic. If you're a fan of Pimm's cup, you'll like it. We shared an order of fried chicken, mac and cheese, and biscuits. The fried chicken was amazing with its crispy and slightly spicy breading, and cooked to the perfect doneness. The seasoning was spot-on. Sadly, the mac and cheese was bland in comparison, and lacking the quintessential cheesy-gooeyness that mac and cheese is known for. I'd say skip it, and invest your calories in something else. Biscuits were a touch on the dry side, but I was obsessed with the maple butter that it came with. After peeking at the dessert menu, we decided to go the boozy route instead and ordered glasses of champagne. ;)
Overall, the menu is upscale southern. The drink menu in particular is not to be overlooked, as there is a wide variety of options -- from cocktails to champagne to beer to virgin drinks. With that said, the options aren't exactly cheap; some glasses of champagne can run you upwards of $20. Nonetheless, the menu appears to be well-curated, and the service was attentive and friendly to make a great first impression. I look forward to returning when I'm in the mood to splurge on fried chicken!