I have lived by the Brother Jimmy's BBQ Upper East Side location for 13 or 14 years now, and when I am dying for a real piece of Southern style BBQ, I will order their Dry Rub Ribs (with the 20 "secret" rub ingredients) and my two side choices are usually the collard greens (when I am trying to be healthy) and their black eyed peas...but I occasionally weaken and do the fries. Nevertheless, I finally, after all these years decided to try their second of many locations--the Union Square restaurant at the easy-to-remeber 116 East 16th Street (between Irving Place and Park Avenue).
|Brisket and Pulled Pork|
The kind and efficient staff there was nice enough to present us with plates of their different items to try after we partook of a Charlotte Tea served in a mason jar (as in all their drinks)--this alcoholic concoction is made of peach juice, gin and a few secret fruit juices no one is divulging and is super-refreshing. Teetotalers should try the wonderful Homemade Lemonades and the assortment of fine Boylan's sodas and the cult favorite from theCarolinas, Cheerwine Cherry Soda (alcoholic drinks are $6 to 8 while soft drinks are $2.50 to $3.00).
|Grilled Skirt Steak, Mac 'n Cheese, Collard Greens|
|BBQ Chicken and Dry Rub Ribs|
|The Wright Salad|
Brother Jimmy's has only four desserts of the "super comfort food" variety. They are Apple Crumb Pie, REd Velvet Cake, Pecan Pie and the Brownie Sundae (served with homemade Caramel Butterscotch Ice Cream). The portions are huge like the other food served here and are a deal at $6 a pop. We got the Apple Crumb Pie, ask that it be warmed up and have to say that what made it for us was the firmness of the apples and the way the crumbs on top were not overly sweet. Oh course, we asked for whipped cream just because when it's time to go all out, it's time to go all out. This is some of the best apple pie we've had anywhere in the city.
|Apple Pie ala Mode|
Brother Jimmy's BBQ Union Square
116 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003