I'm just a podunk Texan wandering through the concrete canyons of the big city, yes, spending most of my time looking up at the big, ol' buildings. Damn, they's big.
My sophisticated NY native friend (are not all NYers sophisticated?) insisted we try this relatively new BBQ place in Bklyn, he'd been and said it was great. Ok, I'll cave this time, I thought.
The food here is atrocious on any scale, but "pitted" against the stuff I know from the miraculous BBQ heaven within 30 miles of Austin, it was not even edible. Really. Lets get the sides out of the way first. Don't bother. Tater salad was flavorless, not even sure what was in it, except that whatever it was did nothing toward suffusing it with deliciousness. Beans? Nasty, again, no flavor...where were the titular burnt ends? Meats? The legendary belly was nothing but fat, not a hint of marbled flesh to be had in the pieces we received. Strike one. Brisket? Not as terrible, but mostly flavorless muscle fiber, little or no smoke, and not any flavor of seasoning, neither salt nor pepper (ahhh, in stark contrast to Louie Muller in Taylor, Texas). Strike three. Sausage...this would have been the only salvation on the tray, but for some reason they contained fennel seeds. Fennel seeds in smoked links? Fennel seeds don't have a place in such sausage, so I'm assuming they just don't know any better, or they ran out of links and picked up some crappy "Italian" sausage at the corner mkt. Strike three, oh, not out yet? Then let's look at the ribs. We should have stopped there, just looking at the ribs....because upon eating them, we discovered that they too were far short of good. Again, little flavor to the meat, not enough salt ( yes, i know i could add more which i did), little smoke flavor, and more than quite dry. Strike four.
Yer out, to borrow all yall's baseball jargon. My NY sophisticate buddy agreed that it fell far short of his previous visit and that he was surprised at how bad everything we had tasted. He won't be going back. Nor will I.
Emperor's new clothes? Maybe. Certainly the food savvy masses in the tri-state area would not be fooled by bad food. (who eats in all those McDonalds around here? Tourists?)
please accept the tongue in cheek tone herein. Just glad this place attracts all the food savvy so there are plenty of empty seats at the Flushing Chinese food stalls!!!! ;)