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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Restaurant Review - Daisy May's BBQ

Living in NYC, we've got 100's of restaurants for every type of food on earth, except BBQ.
We only have a handful of REAL BBQ restaurants. Whenever I get the chance, I'll write about my latest experience with one of them.

Today for lunch I went to Daisy May's BBQ USA, located at 623 11th Avenue (corner of West 46th Street), New York, NY. Phone: 1-212-977-1500. Website: http://www.daisymaybbq.com

Daisy May's is a take out only restaurant serving a wide range of BBQ food and side dishes. They do deliver on the West Side of Manhattan from 23rd to 72nd Streets. They've recently added some tables on the sidewalk, but it's better to take your food and go. Located next to a lumber yard and around the corner from the Penthouse Club, it's too busy a corner to sit, eat and relax.

Today I had the "Plate Special - Walk In Only - $10". (They really should make this available for delivery.) You can't beat the bang for the buck value of the plate special.

I ordered the Memphis Dry Rub Pork Ribs with Baked Beans with Burnt Ends and Peaches in Bourbon. For my $10, I got four large spare ribs coated in a mildly spicy/sweet dry rub and about 1/4 pound each of beans and peaches.

Two of the ribs were excellent, perfectly cooked and meaty. The other two were not so good. Sure the seasonings were the same but, one rib had almost no meat on it and the other was burnt and dried out. I've ordered ribs here many times and it seems that every time I've ordered them, two or three are great and the others are burnt. It's obvious that they all of the ribs don't come from the same animal as the sub-par ribs are always a different size than the excellent others. Such creative packaging.

The Baked Beans with Burnt Ends are always good. Sometimes they are great. To a New Yorker they are interesting because they aren't really the same "Boston style" baked beans you'd expect. They are spicier and a mixture of at least three different types of beans -- it's hard to tell in the sauce. Today's beans were only good. There is plenty of beans in the mix but rarely any burnt ends. Only once or twice have I encountered burnt ends in the beans.

The Peaches in Bourbon are very good. To me, they remind me of the BBQ places I've visited in Texas and Georgia. Canned peaches in a wonderful sweet sauce. They are served hot and are very satisfying.

I almost forgot. I also ordered their Sweet Tea. This is great! Tastes like I'm in Georgia! I don't know of any restaurant in the tri-state area that serves anything like this. If you're there -- ORDER THIS!

Overall, Daisy May's BBQ has become my favorite NYC BBQ restaurant. The food is good, sometimes great and a great value. They cashiers need to be more attentive to the customers, but they're OK. You can tell that this is a new restaurant as they seem to be working out a lot of bugs. Prices have risen slightly since its opening and the delivery process seems to change daily.

I'll be back and let you know about other meals.

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