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how good is brother jimmy's BBQ

chickenskin Mar 28, 2007 11:00 AM

Courious as to how good is Brother Jimmy's BBQ ?

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  1. Scott V RE: chickenskin Mar 28, 2007 11:30 AM

    I'd call it acceptable. Not in the same class as the better places in Manhattan.

    I live less than 10 blocks away, otherwise it wouldn't be worth it.

    1. CorgiLover RE: chickenskin Mar 29, 2007 04:27 PM

      It's fun if you're looking for a college-party type scene. The mac & cheese is good. I'd call the rest of the food "passible." Go more if that's the atmosphere you're looking for, not for the food.

      1. goldbug76 RE: chickenskin Mar 29, 2007 04:49 PM

        As a Tennessean - I find it an insult to call this a barbecue joint. The only reason one would go there is for cheap beer and tight-shirted waitresses.

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          DoctortedNYC RE: goldbug76 Mar 29, 2007 05:25 PM

          forget it...its pretty bad.

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          cimui RE: chickenskin Mar 29, 2007 08:53 PM

          I can really only speak to their "southern barbecues" because that's what I grew up with. I don't think Bro. Jimmy's is very good on this front. Ribs aren't slow cooked to the point where they're falling-off-the-bone.

          My SO swears by Dinosaur BBQ, but I've never been.

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            TonyO RE: cimui Apr 18, 2007 08:36 AM

            Dinosaur proves that it isn't a requirement to be Southern to cook up some great cue. Enough of the "I'm from TN, AL,SC, NC,GA, FL,MS, etc. and no one else can make BBQ like us" . And by the way, U.S. Grant put a whuppin' on Robert E. Lee !

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              cimui RE: TonyO Apr 18, 2007 01:01 PM

              >> Enough of the "I'm from TN, AL,SC, NC,GA, FL,MS, etc. and no one else can make BBQ like us"

              I don't think I said that. And re: Grant. Thank goodness. But I don't think it's related to barbecue, do you?

              I'll give Dinosaur a try someday.

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                TonyO RE: cimui Apr 18, 2007 02:24 PM

                Sorry, reply was supposed to be general remark not intended as a response to your input. I'm sure some Civil War buffs will make a connection to BBQ ! Hope you enjoy Dinosaur, it is a great place.

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                Bottom Feeding Foodie RE: TonyO Apr 19, 2007 09:30 PM

                TonyO, Dinosaur proves only that people from NY (the city and upstate) will take whatever people tell them is good bbq. It is alright, but no where as good as the bbq you find in .... the south. The cold hard fact is that the south is home of bbq, just like nyc is home of bagels and pastrami. People from these places know what they are talking about when it comes to the staples of the region. The main problem with the bbq around here is the lack of smoke flavor in the meat.

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                  TonyO RE: Bottom Feeding Foodie Apr 20, 2007 05:25 AM

                  Well, I respectfully disagree. The ability to procure proper cuts of beef/pork and build a smoky pit with hickory/mesquite is not somehow limited to our friends down south. Granted, the pride of BBQ is certainly a southern tradition, but do people that move from the south to the north somehow forget how to BBQ ? Do you have to be deprogrammed at the Maryland border ? Maybe the lack of smoke isn't a problem but an adjustment to the tastes of this market. I've seen some nice smoke rings in NY and VT (including my backyard).

                  Now I will agree that finding a decent bagel, pizza, or pastrami sandwich down south is nearly impossible. Must be the water................

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                    BackyardChef RE: Bottom Feeding Foodie Apr 20, 2007 06:39 AM

                    I guess you probably never ate at Pearson's back when he was in Queens if you think NYC bbq lacks smoke flavor....

                    I've eaten alot of bbq around the country, competition quality and otherwise, so I respectfully disagree that quality, true blue bbq isn't available in NYC. Mike Mills, for instance, one of the most respected and successful q'ers in the country was integral to the development of Blue Smoke. I think he knows about bbq.

                    It's too bad that you can't find something up here that satisfies the taste of home, but I can't agree that it all sux. Most joints around the country (with few exceptions) cook over gas or electric cookers from Southern Pride, Ole Hickory or J & R, cookshack, hastey bake, etc.......with wood for flavor. The combinations of rubs and woods may be different, but the playing field doesn't vary all that much.......

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                Vinous RE: chickenskin Apr 18, 2007 10:36 AM

                It's not that good. It's acceptable but not more. Whenever I walk by it, the smell of stale beer comes out the door and brings me back to my fraternity house, twenty years ago. The inside is a lot like the fraternity house also.

                1. Bottom Feeding Foodie RE: chickenskin Apr 18, 2007 11:51 AM

                  Good being a term of art, if you mean you want to drink out of fish bowls with plastic animals hanging out of them, then yes, it is good. But if you are speaking of good bbq, the food there is awful. Being form TN, I must say that if you are looking for good bbq, Daisy may's is the only way to go in the city. That said, you will not find anything that compares with real southern style bbq in this city. But daisy may's will get you through.

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                    cimui RE: Bottom Feeding Foodie Apr 18, 2007 01:02 PM

                    Been to the cart? Thoughts?

                  2. LFeinberg RE: chickenskin Apr 18, 2007 01:02 PM

                    It's not.

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