Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Daisy May's

Just got back from my first visit to Daisy May's BBQ USA, the putatively "Best barbecue in New York City" according to Zagat.

I have to say that I was severely disappointed. Their Kansas City and Memphis Dry Rub pork ribs were dry and not fresh. Which I could have forgiven. But not only were they dry and not fresh, they were pre-cut. That says something about how much the managers care about their product.

It's not that much extra effort to keep the ribs whole until someone orders them, especially if that means that they stay moist. You could tell from how sunken and dry the cut edges were that the ones we were served had been sitting for a long time.

That said, the ribs were still tasty, although in an overcooked salty ham kind of way. Also, the beef short rib that Mabel got was perfectly prepared and impressive, falling apart and moist. It wasn't exactly smoky, but it was still very good. The whole bone that they served it with was an interesting touch.

The sides were excellent, especially the creamy corn with cheddar, the love-child of corn and mac & cheese.

Sweet tea in a mason jar was good but only worth the price because we needed to buy a mason jar anyway.

I like barbecue. Even disappointing barbecue. So I'll be ordering delivery from Daisy May's in the future. But I'm not hiking back to their restaurant unless they redeem themselves sometime in the future. After this one visit alone, I have to rank Daisy May's on the bottom of my list, after RUB, Dinosaur, and even Virgil's.

Daisy May's BBQ USA
623 11th Ave. (corner of 46th St.)
New York, NY 10036

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