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Feb 24, 2008 06:46 AM

Daisy May's BBQ satisfies...

My partner and I have been doing the BBQ tour of Manhattan and environs and decided to try Daisy May's for the first time...My son-in-law suggested it as one of his favorites but advised: If you want atmosphere this may not be the place...It all turned out quite fine: we walked in at an off-peak time around 4 p.m...our order taker was very kind and helped us order efficiently, even saving us some money in the process...we knew we could not try everything so we decided to share a full rack of Memphis Dry Rub Pork Ribs with sides of Baked Beans with burnt ends, Creamy Coleslaw, Rustic Creamy Corn with New York State Cheddar and a hunk of their Golden Spicy Corn Bread...all was very satisfying. We sat at our communal table and enjoyed it down to the last morsel. Oh, those beans, the corn, the slaw (the sides are actually made important here, a real plus)...and those tender ribs! As for the atmosphere: the room is odd and the TVs were showing 'black classics', but the lack of it was in fact the atmosphere...only other rub: we wished we could have had the option of ordering 'unsweetened' iced tea, as we do not drink soda...a bottle of water contained us though...and we will be back to try more!

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  1. I agree with you, and I am glad you chose the memphis dry as these are the best ribs there and, imo, the best ribs of all the bbq places in manhattan. i've tried rub, dinosaur, blue smoke, rack and soul, virgil's, and dallas bbq. the memphis dry at daisy may's is worlds apart from the ribs served at the other places. unfortunately, the sides don't appeal to me but that's just my craziness as i don't like coleslaw, beans, etc. i'd rather see fries or onion strings. their corn, rice and corn bread are good but i really go just for those ribs which blow me away. true, the atmosphere is nothing much but i'm just happy they've provided customers with a place to sit. they also deliver anywhere in manhattan but you need to place the order well by 7pm and i think the minimum is $20. .

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    1. re: nativeNYer

      Agree!! Those dry ribs might be in my Top 50, or even Top 30, of NYC foods!
      Certainly the best ribs I have tried in the city.

      1. re: nativeNYer

        Did you ever try the beef ribs at hill country?

        1. re: tpigeon

          i have not and i thought about mentioning that in my post above. i have not yet been to hill country. i am hesitating as a result of all the posts here as well as those on menupages. however, i do plan on trying it one day when i am feeling very patient. : ) how do they compare to daisy may's? what do you think? i love the dry rub on the memphis dry and then i dip them in their great bbq sauce. sooooooooo good.

          1. re: nativeNYer

            Actually, I am on the opposite end, I never tried daisy may and am looking forward to doing so. I must say the beef ribs and brisket at hill are pretty awesome and far better than the ones (pork or beef ribs) I have had at other bbq places in NYC, many of which you have mentioned in your first post.

          2. re: tpigeon

            I have tried the beef ribs at Hill Country and while I thought they were excellent, the Daisy Mae dry rubs still get my vote! But HC is certainly worth the trip. I guess comparing the two is kind of apples and oranges..

            1. re: erica

              i will get to HC soon and then report back. tpigeon, please let us know what you think of daisy mae's memphis dry once you've tried them.
              their bbq sauce is also really good.

            2. re: tpigeon

              The moist brisket at hill country is one of the best dishes in all of new york.

              1. re: lookingforpig

                Is there really any other kind of brisket :).

                1. re: tpigeon

                  Yeah, Hill Country also offers lean brisket. Someone said it was still moist, so out of curiosity, I tried it. In a word: Blech! Like the proverbial shoe leather. Moist, i.e., fatty, is definitely the way to go! And, btw, my experience with ribs at Hill Country has been hit and miss.

                  Ribs at Daisy May's? Incredible!

                  1. re: RGR

                    That's sort of like getting a lean pastrami sandwich at Katz's. If you do that I am going to start to worry about you :).

                    1. re: tpigeon

                      That's sweet, tpigeon. :-) But it was just an experiment with a very bad result. :-( So, rest easy. I would never ever get lean pastrami at Katz's -- or anywhere else, for that matter. lol

              2. re: tpigeon

                tpigeon, we did go to Hill Country recently, much more atmospheric than Daisy May's, also loved the way they serve on paper...there were 4 of us and we were able to order a good cross section from the menu: pork ribs, brisket, spicy sausages, pulled pork and a variety of was also a terrific BBQ experience...only rub: the sides did not seem to receive the same attention as they did at Daisy May's...otherwise we will return.

              3. re: nativeNYer

                "...they also deliver anywhere in manhattan but you need to place the order well by 7pm and i think the minimum is $20. ...."

                Wait, I didn't know that..but do you mean that they would even deliver to me at upper upper "westside", OK, almost at Dinasauer's BBQ ? If so, then, I'm in trouble.

                By the way, nothing good at Dinasauer's any more. Once upon a time their Wednesday lamb chop special were great, but they don't offer that any more. The meat there don't taste good to me. I always hold out for Daisy Mays. Will have to try to get some delivered soon. Just thought I'd feel guilty for them to deliver BBQ for one (IF they consider my area within their area)

                1. re: HLing

                  'tis true. i was shocked to learn this as well. here's the web page stating the "we deliver anywhere in manhattan":

                  i hope the "restrictions" don't include dinosaur's neighbors. i'd tell them just what you stated above re dino's if they give you grief. please report back and good luck.

                  1. re: nativeNYer

                    Back in the days when Daisy May's was the only BBQ place open on Mondays (is it still the case?) and when i had a partner in crime who'd enjoy the ribs with me, it was still a long trek all the way over to 11th ave, but very much worth it, of course. Now the friend moved out of town, and roommate is vegetarian, and ...well, maybe it's time Daisy Mays came to me....

                    I'll report back with the outcome.

                    1. re: HLing

                      cool. hope your delivery experience goes well. i think i'll have to trek on over there this weekend. i've been talking about those ribs too much lately and need a fix.

                      btw, it looks like dino's is the only one closed on mondays. i just wish daisy may had later hours. remember, they close by 9pm on sundays and mondays and by 10pm tues-sat.

                      1. re: nativeNYer

                        I knew it was too good to be true: First I was told they don't deliver that far uptown unless it's a huge order, like over $200. Then I was told that they would deliver up to 110, but then I find out that there's a delivery charge for area between 80's and 110 of $15. Then I was told that they MIGHT deliver to 125 st for $20, but she's not sure on that.

                        In any case, I'm going to have to get down there myself. One of the rare times I wish I had a car.

                        "..btw, it looks like dino's is the only one closed on mondays. i just wish daisy may had later hours. remember, they close by 9pm on sundays and mondays and by 10pm tues-sat..."

                        I forget what other places were closed on Mondays..but then there weren't many places to begin with, back in the days...Plus, I don't know if you remember when Daisy Mays' used to be only opened until 8 PM..So the 10 pm on most days already seem quite an improvement...It's just still too far west without a car for a lone diner.

                        1. re: HLing

                          i was really hoping this would not be the case for you. to be honest, deciding what we want to eat before 7pm is stretching it, even though i am in the delivery zone. we typically eat late.

                          since i'm actually new to daisy may's (my first time was probably last spring), i don't recall the earlier hours. since it's in such a remote area, i really can't fault them for the early closing.

                2. re: nativeNYer

                  I get delivery's from Daisy May's about once a month. They're at my door 15 minutes after I hang up the phone. You can even order a half rack and split what kind of ribs you want. I get 1/2 Memphis dry and 1/2 St.Louis sticky. I never can decide which I like better. I think the sides are pretty mediocre. But then again, I only get the cheesy corn and the mashed potatoes. My girlfriend LOVES their sweet ice tea! I haven't been to Hill Country yet, but Daisy May's and Blue Smoke are the two places I go for ribs.

                  1. re: PF15

                    i gotta try the tea. been meaning to do so for a long time. i will have to disagree with you about the blue smoke ribs. i've tried three different types there and i find them dry, tasteless and not meaty. i also resent the price for the quality and quantity.

                  2. re: nativeNYer

                    How is the Whisky Beer Can Style BBCue chicken? Probably anathema not to have red meat there, but....

                    1. re: sing me a bar

                      wow. i didn't even notice the whiskey chicken on the menu and had no idea what you were talking about until i checked the menu just now! whiskey beer can style chicken sounds good! i haven't gotten beyond the memphis dry there but i guess i'll have to try this. just wondering if anyone here has? perhaps dkstar1 has sampled these as it sounds like he's tried nearly all of the menu items. dkstar1, do tell!

                  3. Daisy May's BBQ has the BEST chili I've ever had. I've sampled almost everything from there, including the whole hog (friend's bachelor party) and have enjoyed all of it...with the exception of the sweet tea (not my thing) and watermelon - which they serve even when way beyond its seasonality.

                    1. Here are my favorites from all the rib joints:
                      1) Daisy May beef ribs - falls right off the bone and is HUGE.
                      2) Daisy May sides - best sides
                      3) Hill Country moist brisket the best out of all. It is so juicy.
                      4) Dinosaur BBQ for chicken wings (I would travel all the way up there just for the wings)
                      5) Blue Smoke - best Kansas City ribs

                      Never been to Virgils! And never liked anything at RUB.

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                      1. re: nyccookie

                        I had Virgils yesterday and wasn't impressed.

                      2. There's another thing about Daisy May's that I've been curious about. I've always wondered what kind of corn they use for the cream corn with Cheddar. They don't taste like the usual canned corn to me. They are more chewy than any of the American I've had. In fact, almost closer to the Korean or Vietnamese "sticky rice corn". Am I imagining things? I like harder corn like that and have searched for a while before finding some in a Korean store. The first time I tasted the corn at Daisy Mays I was pleasantly surprised!

                        1. As a follow up to my orignal post, in the 'Best of New York' issue of New York Magazine (March 10), the editors see fit to give Hill Country their highest raves, mentioning RUB and Dinosaur in the process...with no mention of Daisy May's.

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                            1. re: nativeNYer

                              I dont trust NY magazine further than I can throw it.

                              1. re: ESNY

                                Yup. Agreed. I know exactly what you mean.