Biscuit - AVOID....
As a huge BBQ fan I was definitely impressed and hopeful when Biscuit had a line out the door on Friday night. We went last night to check it out and I honestly can't recall when I had a worst meal. and the more I think about it, how does one expect good BBQ from a restaurant that recreated itself in a matter of weeks - I mean, isn't BBQ a craft, a skill? But while you can get great ribs at non-bbq restaurants like Waterfront, the food being put forth from Biscuit's kitchen is an insult. How can you truly ruin fried chicken - or even make flavorless biscuits (esp when its your name!!) I can whip out some fantastic one in a shake with my bisquick mix. My fried chicken had zero flavor or spice - completely bland and while the meat was moist, it was lacking and the pieces were just skin and fat - which I am nbow thinking probably cld have been great with a good batter. The ribs that my husband got were tough, not even cooked and flavorless - unedible which did not matter at all to the waitress. And the sauces are not the best too. Whomever on an earlier post recommended bringing your own - is that really what we have come to? Why do I need to bring my own condiments to a restaurant that should be able to have that covered??? It would have been great to have a BBQ spot in the slope - but this is just not it - take a pass, i guarantee you will thank me. Go to sadie mae's for chicken and waterfront for ribs.
Why is anybody suprised that The re-constituted Biscuit is terrible?
The original one sucked, no matter what Al Roker said, and the hacks at Time Out and New York Magazine.
Up in Sunset Park there's that place Bar BQ. I've never been, but it's GOT to be better than Biscuit. I also keep swinging for my new bbq fave - the Smoke Joint in Fort Greene. But Biscuit, I can't see why so many people are drawn to it. To be fair, I have only had 2 meals at Biscuit, but they each were really bad. Okay - the greens were decent, but that's it.
Bar BQ is ok, but I wouldn't really recommend it. The first time I went the ribs were good, fall off the bone tender but still moist...second time they were quite dry. Don't even think about gettng the M&C, it's like greasy squishy macaroni with no discernable cheese on it. Greens are ok, beans are ok but remeniscent of canned baked beans. My friend liked the pulled pork. They have several hotsauces and a vinegar sauce. It's a pleasant place but maybe better for just a beer.
I totally agree. I went there last week for dinner and it was truly awful. I never got to the original Biscuit, but had heard good things and was excited to learn they were re-opening. Needless to say, it's going to be a very, very long time before I go back.
As I was waiting for my friend, I watched Josh Cohen himself serving the dishes. Everything look delicious and I couldn't wait to dig in. We started with the onion rings, which really were the best part of the meal. Not too much batter and the side of ranch dressing is a nice (and surprisingly good) touch. And then there was dinner. I got the combo platter with pulled pork and brisket, with collard greens and cheddar grits. My friend for a 1/2 rack of ribs with mac and cheese and biscuits. Nothing was good. He said the ribs were tough and dry and flavorless. I tried a bit of biscuit, which was cold and far too dry. He said the mac and cheese was just ok. I can't even explain the pulled pork, except for the word soggy. It seems like it had been soaked in water and was totally flavorless. The brisket was tough and really, really fatty. Barely any meat. And also flavorless. And the sauces really didn't do anything to help. The collard greens tasted like they had been soaking in vinegar for days. I've never had grits before, so all I can say is that it wasn't my cup to tea.
To top it all off, our waiter was awful. He never came around to re-fill our water glasses or to ask if the meal was ok. We needed to flag him down twice in order to get extra napkins (who serves ribs without bringng any extra napkins??) and didn't ask us if anything was wrong when he came over to clear our plates...which still had a good amount of food on them.
I'm hoping that these are just growing pains. I did actually talk to Josh for a few minutes to ask if he was going to do the pig roasts again. He is very nice, and I want this place to succeed, but I can't see it unless the quality goes way up.
The original Biscuit was awful - he's had around five years to work on getting it right - it's clear that Josh Cohen either has a horrible palate or just can't cook. The biscuits at the original Biscuit were also awful. The Pillsbury ones from the "exploding cans" are certainly 100x better that these ever were, or likely will be.
We walked by on Friday night and thought about going in, but the place was packed and we decided against it. Instead we ordered a few slabs from Dreamland in AL to be FedEx'd up for this weekend.
In Brooklyn I still enjoy Pies & Thighs, and plan on checking out the Ft. Greene spot soon.
With the population density of NYC, the smoke and smell of a real bbq pit would probably be illegal and a huge quality of life issue... I think I've resigned myself to mail-ordering my ribs.