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Third Ave bar be que & pizza

habichuelas | Mar 4, 2008 09:36 AM

this is my first post and sorry to say it is not a joyful one. not sure if this place has a name beyond the self-descriptive sign. Bar Be Que & Pizza. Located in park slope on 3rd ave at 4th street ... it must have just opened yesterday?! spray painted signage touting barbecue for the past few weeks and today for the first time I saw a grand opening banner. I didn't really speak much to the people and ask questions about plans and such, so my journalistic contribution is minimal.
it is painfully obvious they opened before they were ready. the brick pizza oven was not up and running yet and staff was being coached in real time in front of me. I seriously must be one of the first ten people to eat here.
as for the barbecue there was a lunch buffet, by the pound to-go containers, or a la carte items.
I could go on at length, but, simple enough to say ... this place is a huge disappointment. the raw industrial location actually gave me high hopes that there might actually be some smoke in the bbq, a real pit that you could see from the tables, the smell of smoke in the air and the taste of it in the 'cue but, not a bit in smell or flavor. the single bbq sauce offered in ketchup bottles tasted like nothing more than ketchup, vinegar, paprika and cayenne pepper ... a fairly powdery paste. no sides to speak of, some stringy cole slaw, undercooked potato salad, two soups, and corn. no collards, corn bread, or mac and cheese ... the menu promises more, but, nothing that really speaks to a barbecue experience. things like broccoli and sauted mushrooms. I did get there at 11:30 and they had just placed the stainless steel catering trays out with the bbq buffet, so, the beef ribs, pork ribs, briskett, and chicken were just coming up to temperature. which sure must mean they cooked it yesterday. I even gave it some time and the food was no better warmed up by the sternos under the trays.
the interior of the place just couldn't be less inspired. some strange terra-cotta colored ameoba shaped empty area in the middle of the place that seems to be an after-thought ... but, had a ball in the middle of it. might serve as some sort of repository for children to run and bounce around as the adults eat?! pink and purple walls barely spritzed with paint. faux wood grained formica tables etc.
I'm going to leave it at that and just get the ball rolling on this place. It would just feel like I was making a long list of complaints and beating a dead horse. perhaps if you catch them on a day when they have actually spent the morning and afternoon making the barbecue and you get to eat food straight from the pit ... you might have a completely different experience?!
to be extremely fair I believe I'll lay low for a month or so and go back and see if they've figured anything out by then.

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