Pros: Very inexpensive, really good food, great seating capacity
Cons: Service could be faster for a large group
The Bottom Line: GO THERE!
I happened across this restaurant by accident. I recently took a group of 25 students to the city for Spring Break. One lovely day as we had marvelous plans, one of them decided to lose herself by not getting on the ferry with the rest of our party. Being the responsible teacher and adult that I am, I sent the rest of the party on to look at wonderful art while I waited for the lagging child to catch the ferry and meet me at Battery Park.
I was more than annoyed at having my day pretty much ruined by someone else's attention grabbing stunt. I lost out on the Cloisters but I made arrangements for the group to catch back up with me at Strawberry Fields--the garden across from the Dakota where John Lennon had lived and died.
The lost student and I ended up getting to 72nd street much earlier than the other group so I suggested that we find a bite to eat. We stopped and looked at the Dakota AND the doorman, took lots of pictures and headed west on 72nd. The first place we came to had the dubious name of Dallas BBQ. We were more than amused, being from Dallas, but stopped to look at the menu. I figured that since we were in such a posh neighborhood that the prices would be too high for a late lunch.
Boy, was I wrong.
I was truly astonished that the prices for a meal were not too far off from what it would cost at McDonald's. We decided that we would give it a try and see if a New York City restaurant could serve some decent BBQ to discriminating Texans.
The seating capacity of Dallas BBQ is quite large. The small entrance is deceptive as the interior is quite large and spacious. We were seated immediately and our server was quite attentive.
I found the decor to be tasteful and amusing. Southwestern style decor and memorabilia covered the walls--scenes of cowboys and horses, cactuses and such. There was enough of it to be visually interesting and not too much to be distracting.
The menu offers typical BBQ fare, and I ordered the Chili. I am quite a chili connoisseur so I was prepared to be really critical.
It was wonderful. I was amazed. It seemed as if they had stolen into my kitchen and made off with my own recipe. It had just the right amount of heat, the spices were exactly right to my taste. The proportions were generous. I got the bowl of chili which was really more than I could eat, but I ate all of it anyway. I added a Texas margarita and it was also generously proportioned and just right.
My young charge had the BBQ plate. She gave me a taste and the meat was cooked just right--juicy and flavorful. Again the proportions were quite generous and we were both left with smiles on our faces and full bellies. The ticket for both of our meals (including the LARGE margarita) was around $16.00.
Another menu item that got my attention was the whole roasted chicken for $4.99. Dallas BBQ offers free delivery of this item. Later I saw bicycle delivery persons steering roasted chickens all over Manhattan Island.
Shortly after our meal, the rest of the group caught up with us and announced that THEY were hungry. I turned the group around and headed right back to Dallas BBQ. The hostess smiled at me and said, "Hmm, you must have really liked the food to come back so fast!" It took a while to get 14 people seated--about 15 minutes, which I really didn't think was terrible, just a bit annoying to stand about with that many teenagers. Again the service was prompt and the food arrived in a timely manner. I was too full to eat again, but my young runaway managed to eat another sandwich. I didn't hear a complaint from any of them. Even the vegetarians were pleased with the quality and generous serving of the salad.
We were able to get served and eat quickly enough to meet up with the rest of our group before attending a Broadway show.
Overall, I was very pleased with this restaurant and I would go out of my way to go there again next time I visit New York City.
Kid Friendliness: Yes Vegetarian Friendly: Yes Notes, Tips or Menu Recommendations I would SO recommend the chili. Some of the best I've ever had outside my own kitchen. Best Suited For: Friends
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