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Jul 20, 2006 06:16 AM

bbq catering - help

Who can deliver high-quality barbecue for a party of 100 people in Alpine, NJ (near the GW bridge)?

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  1. Dinosaur BBQ in NYC should be able to help.

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    1. re: georgeb

      I did try Dinosaur. It is quite a pleasant place to hang out - airy and with an interesting mix of people, located as it is in a cultural no man's land on the edge of Harlem. The food, though, I felt, didn't live up to the hype. It seemed like a chain version of barbecue. Not terrible but not exciting either.

      Thanks for your suggestions anyway, georgeb.


      This guy operates within 1 hour of Denville at no extra charge, so you should be OK.

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      1. re: gnocchi

        Thanks...have you eaten his food?

      2. They are just getting up and running (I'm not sure if they are doing catering yet), but Bailey's in Blauvelt may be an excellent option. They are just over the border in NY, exit 5 PIP- not too far from the Lowes. It's worth a call at the very least.

        Here's a previous thread

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        1. re: TongoRad

          I wonder if anybody has eaten there and can recommend them...or not.

          1. re: amadis

            I wish I could give you first hand info on Bailey's at this time, and I'll definitely be there before long. I have had Fink's 'cue before, though, and it really is good. For more info and pictures check out this thread:
            It just seems tailor made for your requirements, being just a hop, skip and a jump from Alpine.

            1. re: amadis

              Actually, I have and can recommend them. The above referenced chowhounds thread was started by me...

              That said, you should go there and try it yourself before you decide what you want.

              1. re: georgeb

                OK, I got takeout at Bailey's last night. I was underwhelmed.

                The pulled pork had been reheated on a grill. It was tasty but dry and tough. The chicken had decent flavor and texture but was slathered with sweet sauce. The beans were likewise too sweet. The coleslaw was runny.

                Bailey's is a rather raucous bar with an extensive menu of bar food. The barbecue seems like an afterthought. Most people are there for beer, pizza, etc.

                To be fair, they have just started barbecuing there, so they could have potential. Re-grilled barbecue just seems weird to me, though.

                IMHO the problem with barbecue in the New York area is the same as with Chinese restaurants that aren't in Chinatown. They compromise standards to appeal to an unknowledgeable clientele.

                My search continues for a good BBQ/southern caterer who can do a party in NJ near the GW bridge. Maybe there is a soul food place in Harlem that can help? I will even go fetch the food myself if I have to.

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            1. I would really suggest Front Street Smoke House for great BBQ. I know that they do catering. I would call them and of course go and try their food. On another food board everyone has been raving about them. My brother just had them cater a party of 30-35 people and the food was wonderful.