225 Park Ave S, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.737251 -73.988277
Neighborhoods: Union Square, Gramercy Park, Midtown
Charming Barn-like Restaurant with Sports Bar Energy – A baby of the city’s B.R. Guest clan, Wildwood Barbeque lets you dine in rustic barn charm with a modern New York twist – dim track lighting, clean vaulted wood beams and cathedral-like setting. From the warm southerly greeting to the white dishcloth napkins and old-fashioned Mason jars, the scene is perfect for kickin' it down south with some Carolina pulled pork.
Sitting in the polished, low-lit barn, you’ll find on wood tables an array of homemade barbecue sauces including Sweet & Spicy Chipotle barbecue, and Chef Big Lou Elrose's secret sauce, which perhaps he developed during his famous stint at Hill Country.
The 50-foot TV-lined bar, wood bar tables, and open wall make this a great warm weather game-watching spot. The southern cocktails, endless beer and bourbon menu are a treat for the weary – either from shopping at nearby Union Square or just working upstairs.
While my Carolina pulled pork and brisket were ordered on the “moist” not “lean” side, I didn’t know that entailed “incredibly fatty” or slightly inedible. The baked beans were a bit heavy, salty and too bacon fatty. Though one nice thing is you can sub an entree's default vinegar chips for more tempting sides like crispy sweet potato fries.
Still, the setting is warm and genuinely makes you feel like you’re hours away down south – even down to the large country-like basin in the bathroom. The friendly staff and affordable prices (sandwiches from $10, entrees $15-$25) makes Wildwood not quite as upscale nostalgic as a farm-loving Keith McNally restaurant, but a fun, themed break from the everyday.
Go somewhere else! – I've been wanting to come here for awhile. So I came with a girlfriend of my because we both love meat. Both our ribs were both bland. I felt bad because I suggested the place and we were both really disappointed.
Best mac & cheese – it really was the best mac and cheese i've had in a long time. the ribs were excellent too. Service was good but not great and the prices were reasonable. I enjoyed my time here and would definitely come back!
A Mixed Bag of Barbecue – The room is always rocking at Wildwood, and the youngish crowd that packs the place is well served by a big, gutsy barbecue menu. The barbecue varies from exceptional to just ok, and sometimes sauces get in the way of smoke, but this isn't a purist's paradise: it's a place to have fun, eat ribs, and rock out. It also just happens to have a spectacular burger.
NOT GOOD AND OVERPRICED !!! – IF you want to waste your money and time you should go there, but the food is overheating, the specialty cocktails overpiced $$$$ the BArbecue sauces are not fresh and sanitation should go there to check everything, sorry but I dont think this place is going to be open for long time. Go someplace else ,seriously.
good place for barbacue – Good service. Decent beer selection. (something different that everybody else).
ribs.. --> great !!
the sauces are really good.
shrimp quesadila --> also tastes good.
We've been there 5 times already and will come back.
DRY, DRY,DRY – I was very disspointed by this place. If you like your ribs dry and over cooked, this is the place for you. I personally would suggest Virgils. Make reservations though, they are very popular.
Better than Blue Smoke... – Had dinner here with some friends, and it was great on all counts. Nice bar to hang out at, nice open atmosphere. Service was not doting, but fine. The food really stood out - best barbeque chicken I've ever had. All the guys loved their heaping plates of ribs. Please note, it looks the most recent review before this one is referring to Hill Country, not Wildwood.
good bbq, condescending service – i brought a friend of mine from japan to experience austin bbq via nyc. it was a little confusing when we went in. which counter to go to. who to order from. which line to stand in. where do we get our drinks? it went on and on. as we paid on our way out, a very condescending cashier pointed out how we mustn't have listened to the hostess explain what the procedure was, etc. that was so nice of her to embarass my friend and i. good thing she was condescending BEFORE i dropped a tip in her very large tip jar.
food was ok. the place looked more fun than it was. they're much nicer in austin hill country restaurants. just can't disguise the fact that you're in nyc.
It's ok. – Maybe it's the venue (before Wildwood, there was Park Avalon, dependable, no surprises, continental with a Meditarranean tinge, then Barca, which underwhelmed and failed miserably), but Wildwood continues a tradition of imaginatively decorated, cavernous, and plain average restaurants at this address. I would not come here to get down and dirty barbecue, though if you do, you will be neither too disppointed, nor that excited - the food is, plainly, ok. For the real thing, try Dinosaur uptown, or Daisy Mae's in midtown.
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