went for the first time tonight after a long wait.
got there at 7:15...was seated right away...they had a few tables available but the place was 80% filled. the waitress was very friendly...gave us good recommendations.
we had the pastrami, pulled pork, ham, st louis ribs, and the burnt ends. sides were baked beans, fries, onion strings, and potato salad.
everything came out in a decent amount of time. disappointingly, the food was barely warm...which i would have preferred for the ribs specifically as they did not fall off the bone.
the rub on the ribs was excellent and they were lightly smoked. lots of meat. if they were cooked a little more and fell off the bone, they would be favorites...instead they are very, very good.
the pastrami and ham were wastes...the pastrami was way too chewy, had too much fat on it for my taste and was more peppery than it should be. katz does the best...leave it to them. the ham was decent but you can find comparable ham in a million other places including most supermarkets.
the pulled pork was surprisingly excellent...lightly smoked, big chunks of pork that was moist. i didnt even mix it with their sauce...in fact i didnt try their sauce at all. i took some home so i can mix it with my favorite bbq sauce that i get shipped from ohio.
but the best were the burnt ends. after having the 'pork shoulder' from park slope's biscuit, i feared these. biscuit's supposed pork shoulder were gristle bits burned and dried out...these were amazingly moist pieces of great brisket...just great.
the sides: the fries and potato salad were decent surprisingly but the beans were the best i ever had. huge chunks of bacon and the sweetest sauce just the way i like it. the onion strings were great as well.
dessert was the fried oreos...the rare indulgence.
dinner for 3 including drinks was $100 after tip. ill definitely be back...the service and food were excellent.
but all id get again is the pulled pork, ribs, and the burnt ends...and loads of the beans.
i still prefer blue smoke but this is right up there...and for me, thats it for bbq in nyc.