Archive for the ‘BBQ’ Category

NYC Best Wings Part 1: Blind Tiger Ale House Flies Ahead of the Pack

December 12, 2008

NYC Food Guy loves wings; high quality chicken, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and doused in a fiery sauce. Astonishingly, there are no go to wings in New York City. Dinosaur BBQ never disappoints but it’s just one place, way uptown. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to find the city’s best wings in as many tours as it takes. Part One of my adventure features eight spots, only one of which truly impressed. Read on to find out about some great deals, some wings to avoid and whether or not the legend of Scruffy Duffy’s wings lives.

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Blind Tiger Ale House uses a unique cooking method to ensure a one of a kind wing experience

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NY Food Tour: Kreuz Market Jalapeno Cheese Sausage at Hill Country

August 20, 2008

NYC Food Guy Note: I’m on vacation in California so I’m sending you on a NY Food Tour to keep your stomach happy while I’m gone. Enjoy the deliciousness.

  • What: The star at Hill Country’s carnivore castle is the Jalapeno Cheese pork sausage shipped from Kreuz Market in Lockhart, Texas. The best sausage NYC Food Guy has ever had, it’s smoky, garlicky and filled with spicy chopped jalapeno and bits of cheddar which ooze out when hot.
  • Cost: $6.50 for 1 ($6 for regular sausage), Pricey but worth it
  • Where: 20 West 26th Street b/t Broadway and 6th Avenue NY, NY 10010 212-255-4544
  • Website: http://www.hillcountryny.com/home.php
  • Inside info: Bring some sausage home to use in your eggs or just snack on with crackers. Prime Rib and the special short ribs are not to be missed. Hill Country serves a special late night menu (PDF link) until 1AM Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Daisy May’s Big Pig Gig: Smoked Whole Pig for 12 People

July 24, 2008

Wow. Just wow. It’s hard to feel any other emotion when a 35-45 pound pig smoked for 7-8 hours is placed directly in front of you with one purpose: Feeding twelve hungry carnivores. For $480 plus tax, Daisy May’s BBQ USA, on 11th Avenue and 46th Street, will provide you and eleven others with a smoked whole pig, cole slaw, buttered and grilled Texas Toast, 2 Fixins’, watermelon, and an experience you’ll never forget. Vegetarians beware.

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RUB BBQ Rocks: $40 Feast for Two

July 16, 2008

The aptly named Righteous Urban Barbeque lives up to expectations; Affordable and meaty ribs, brisket-topped chili cheese fries and deep fried Oreos. It hasn’t disappointed in 5 visits and I’m pumped to go back. Read on to find out how you and a friend can feast for $20 each.

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Big Apple BBQ Block Party: Why Life is Better Below The Mason-Dixon Line

June 11, 2008

“This is why there is pork.” My words after eating a morsel of pork freshly pulled from the bone of a pork butt (oddly the top of the shoulder) which had been smoking for 16 hours at 225 degrees Fahrenheit. It melted in my mouth, it made my knees weak and it lives in Decatur, Alabama, 935 miles from NYC, in the smokers of renowned pit master Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q.

Above you’ll see how the best pulled pork I’ve ever had was created, from smoker to cutting board to plate. Read on for a more in depth look at the process, The Salt Lick BBQ’s beef brisket (also the best I’ve ever had), plus serious sausage and whole smoked 120 pound hogs.

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Big Apple Barbecue Block Party Rocks: Review to Come

June 9, 2008

I learned three things this weekend: Big Bob Gibson & Chris Lilly’s Pulled Pork is melt in your mouth amazing, Salt Lick Bar-B-Que’s Brisket is the best I’ve ever had and everything I thought I knew about Barbecue is nothing compared to what I have to learn. Enjoy the collage, review to come.

Lower East Side Feast: $28 All You Can Eat Ribs at Georgia’s Eastside BBQ & $4 Banana Pudding at sugar Sweet sunshine

April 28, 2008

Sunday is NYC Food Guy’s gluttony day. And what better way to invoke the 2nd of the seven deadly sins than with $28 all you can eat ribs at my favorite BBQ spot, Georgia’s Eastside BBQ. Why is it my favorite? Well aside from the meaty, fall-off-the-bone ribs, the service is great and it’s affordable.  Since my first post they’re no longer offering unlimited sides with the all you can eat, something they tinkered with early on, but that shouldn’t matter because you’re here for a carnivorous feast and Baby Back Ribs are the star of the show.  

The ribs– baked over beer between two cookie sheets before being tossed on the grill and sauced up- arrived hot, fall-off-the-bone, and very meaty.  The skin was drier than usual so we asked for extra sauce, a mandatory move, regardless of skin quality. The fries were spot on, crispy and cooked fresh.  Pass on the potato skins ($4), listed as a special, they arrived undercooked and underloaded.  The cabbagey cole slaw is sweet and light, a nice “palate cleanser” as King of Ketchup called it.  After the King and I polished off two racks of ribs each and paid our $64 bill, it was off to sugar Sweet sunshine for some of the city’s best Banana Pudding

The key to great Banana Pudding is simple: 1) Balanced ratio of ripe banana to Nilla wafer and 2) rich, creamy pudding.  sugar Sweet sunshine’s ratio favors the Nilla wafer, but it makes no difference, the pudding is so sweet and decadent, you’re forced to sit down in one of their comfy armchairs and enjoy the knee-buckling deliciousness. A $4 small cup is more than enough for two people. Their cupcakes are great as well, better than Magnolia’s. Go with the Ooey Goey (chocolate cake with dark chocolate almond buttercream frosting), it’s the co-owner Deb’s favorite. 

Georgia’s Eastside BBQ 192 Orchard St. b/t Houston & Stanton New York, NY 10002 (212) 253-6280
sugar Sweet sunshine 126 Rivington St. near Norfolk St. New York, NY 10002 (212) 995-1960

Dinosaur BBQ: Chicken Wing Redux

April 7, 2008

NYC Food Guy wants to take a moment to reiterate the deliciousness of Dinosaur BBQ’s Chicken Wings. King of Ketchup noted their supremacy a few months back but I had them this past weekend and they were excellent. Massive, juicy, and doused in tangy, spicy sauce, they alone warrant a trip to Harlem. I recommend the Wango Tango which provides a spice that will make you sweat without overpowering the perfectly charred skin. I implore you to ask for them well done because when cooked right, you’ll understand why man invented fire.

Houston’s: Consistently Delicious Chain Never Disappoints

April 1, 2008

I love Houston’s. There I said it. Go ahead, laugh. NYC Food Guy’s favorite restaurant is a chain and I have no problem with that. Why? Because Houston’s has never disappointed. Not once!

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Get to Houston’s now and bring a friend because that’s the fastest way for you to experience the glory of the Baby Back Ribs/Cheeseburger Split…

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Rack and Soul: Great Fried Chicken & Ribs at affordable prices

March 1, 2008

Rack and Soul is a great place to get your authentic soul food fix without traveling to Harlem. If that’s not reason enough, fried chicken luminary Charles Gabriel is a consulting partner at this diner-style restaurant. Mr. Gabriel’s serves his food buffet style at Charles’ Southern Style Kitchen on 151st Street, but those less adventurous can find crispy and moist fried chicken, sitcky, sweet, smoky and tender baby back ribs, sugary candied yams, and crisp shoestring french fries without straying too far from the 1 train. And yes, they also serve waffles.

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Read on to find out just how cheap all this delicious food is at lunchtime…

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King of Ketchup’s 1st Post: Dinosaur BBQ Wings: Real F#*$in’ Wings, Right Off The Grill

December 18, 2007

In the spirit of spreading the word on as much food as possible, NYC Food Guy welcomes the opinions of eaters everywhere.

This marks the first post from King of Ketchup, a good friend of NYC Food Guy. He brings his brutally honest critique and well- honed palate to the proverbial table. Check it out and let us know how he did.

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Sure, Dinosaur BBQ is a little bit out of the way. Harlem isn’t exactly the most convenient or desirable location to go for a meal, but if you’re a wing-lover, you might want to make an exception and take the trip uptown. These wings are for real, and nothing like the standard bar-wings most of us are accustomed to. Nope, they aren’t straight out of the freezer, they aren’t deep fried, and they aren’t served with an insufficient covering of generic Frank’s Red Hot.

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Georgia’s Eastside BBQ: The Best Ribs in NY are Also All You Can Eat Ribs for $28 on Sundays

November 6, 2007

Alan Natkiel opened Georgia’s East Side BBQ in July 2007 based around one simple concept: Authentic, cheap, and massively portioned Southern BBQ. After eating there for my 5th time Sunday (11/4/07), this time for All-you-can-eat Ribs ($28 with 3 unlimited sides), I’ve realized Mr. Natkiel has accomplished his goal.

ROUND 1: Rib Platter

Extra Sauced Rib from Georgia’s Eastside BBQ

Single Rib extra-sauce

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Full Rack as served (extra sauce by request)

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