99 E 19th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.737629 -73.987651
Neighborhoods: Gramercy Park, Midtown
Slow, indifferent brunch service – We stopped in for brunch on a pretty crowded afternoon because the brunch prices were better than most in the neighborhood. While we waited for a table to open up, I ordered two bloody marys. The bartender said "I'm not sure how much that is," did something on the register screen, and said "that's 16.25." I said "so they're 8 dollars and 12 and a half cents apiece?" "Yep!" She clearly added something we didn't order, but since she didn't understand math, it seemed perfectly reasonable to her.
Our omelet plates only cost 75 cents more than our drinks, but they took forever to come out. In the meantime, the waitress didn't bring the included biscuits and strawberry jam. When our omelets came and still no biscuits, I asked her if we could get the biscuits, and she said "sure" as if I had just asked for ketchup. She brought out little blueberry muffins, sans jam, and said without apology that they were out of the biscuits.
Then the bill took forever and we left... forever.
Not Impressed – Yes, the decor is kind of cute and kitschy (especially the Trivial Pursuit cards on your table to play with), but only the very best BBQ can convince me to sit and eat in this kind of place. Brother Jimmy's is a good example. This is not. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am not a picky eater, but the crabcake sandwich I was served tasted absolutely bizarre. I ended up eating the fries and about half of my husband's beef brisket (which was also subpar- think Dallas BBQ, not Jimmy's or Virgil's). Don't bother.
Best BBQ – Nice place for lunch. Sometimes gets a little noisy but the food is great and the atmosphere is nice. Look for coupons in NYC AMNews!
Great lunch spot – We go here for lunch and the food is never disappointing. I always get the po boy sandwich and it's great every time. It's definitely a fun spot.
TASTE GREAT,MORE FILLING – OH YEAH BABY NOW THERE IS TWO LOCATIONS. JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT LIFE COULDNT GET ANY BETTER. I LIVE BY THE OTHER LOCATION BUT I'LL STILL CHECK OUT THIS DOWNTOWN SPOT WHEN I'M HEADING DOWNTOWN.
good comfort food – our party of 8 came here on sunday night. i had previously been to earls (dukes spawn restaurant), and found duke pretty much the same, only better. the decor was the same and the menu shares most of the same items. our server was pretty nice (unlike our inattentive server at earls) and brought our drinks very quickly. she was ok with the drink refills too, but i dont think that she cleared a single glass during the entire night we had a table full of empty glasses at the end of the meal.
we started off with orders of family sized buffalo wings, nachos, and piggly wigglys (pigs in blankets). i didnt try the wings, but they disappeared quickly so i think that they were good. the nachos came sans chili (they were out of it), but i actually preferred the bean-less version anyway it was loaded with chunky guacamole, a few different types of cheeses, salsa, and ground beef. it was also served very hot and the chips tasted like they had just come out from a vat of hot oil. very good. the piggly wigglys were very miniature, but very tasty.
for my main course, i ordered the small mac & cheese ($7) & the house salad ($6). the others had various sandwiches or burgers. my mac & cheese was really good it had a crunchy top and the inside wasnt too gooey or watery. we also used it as a medium for experimenting with the 6 different hot sauces on the table. they were mostly too hot for me, but it was a lot of fun nonetheless. of the sandwiches, the roadhouse (i think that was what it was called) was especially good chicken fried steak on a toasted bun with avocado, lettuce, tomato, & a creamy sauce. all of the sandwiches came with a small cup of slaw and a pile of (slightly limp) shoestring fries. we were too stuffed for dessert. overall, i liked this place better than earls due to slightly better food and way better service.
Good Food, Not Enough Bathrooms, Too Many Meat Heads... – I had the Roadhouse sandwich, which is a recipe for cardiac arrest but tasted pretty damn good. My lovely date had the chicken sandwich and described it as "Juicy", although she said the BBQ sauce was a little too watery. The fries were good, but they were not hot enough when served. They have various hot sauces available for your tasting pleasure.
The atmosphere is that of a typical pop-up BBQ joint with license plates and Chili contest photos decorating the wood walls. I'm not sure if it was just because it was a Saturday night during college football season, but the place was packed with frat-like meat heads who were either alumns of Texas/Georgia/S. Carolina/Ohio St. or had some serious cash on the games. Needless to say, it wasn't a quiet night.
They need to install some new toilets. They only have one toilet for men and one for women. Not a great idea when the client base is made up of college football fans who are sucking down Lone Star beers.
Disapointing food and service to say the least. – To start, I have to say that I am from the south and do have high expectations regarding barbecue. I was not expecting the best that I have ever had but in a city with such discriminating taste, I certainly was expecting good at least. First, we are seated promptly and given one menu for two people because they didnt have enough. This was a dead Monday night by the way. I had the pulled pork and ribs, baked beans, cole slaw, and collard greens. The food was warm at best, ribs were dry and rubber like, the pulled pork was cooked to death and drowned in to much sauce, the baked beans were crunchy, the cole slaw lacks any real flavor other than mayo, the greens were decent. My girl had the ribs and chicken combo with fries and sweet potato. She to was not very impressed with her food either. Same on ribs as above, chicken tasted like it was cooked several days before we got there, the sweet potato wasn't far from raw, and last but not least were the fries. they were over-cooked several hours before we got there and looked terrible. When I told the waitress we needed fresh fries she wanted to take the entire plate of food away just to give us good fries( remember the food wasn't hot to begin with) and this was not acceptable. So I grabbed the fries with my hand, put them in a napkin, and slapped them in the waitresses hand and told her to get the fresh fries now. Now, I work in the restaurant industry myself and am not a very tolerant person in regards to bad service and food. This place excells in both. I think I will open a real southern barbecue joint here, and if I do, Dukes is screwed. DON'T EVER GO!!!
Duke-a-ritas! – Love the Duke-a-Ritas!
menu not too extensive
Cute waitresses and every game on the 6 plasma screens
Eye Candy=BBQ Pits! – Hmmm, sure the food is great and the atmosphere is rockin' but....every single time I have gone (I work in entertainment/fashion and have a bevy of very beautiful female friends that I've been there with) we've noticed that our food is repeatedly served up with a side order of animosity from the more immature waitresses on staff who--eye candy though they may be--cannot seem to handle a sweeter piece of eye candy than themselves and seem to feel the need to resort to insecure and hostile hatin' behavior. Too bad, leaves a nasty taste in one's mouth...so sad, since otherwise it's a great place.
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