It’s Official: Good, Cheap BBQ Does Not Exist In The FiDi
After both Express BBQ in Tribeca and the Picnick Smoked mobile unit left us the lone remaining seller of barbequed meats (at least that I’m aware of) was Texas Rotisserie & Grill. I ate there as one of my first lunches for this site but got the rotisserie chicken and a chicken sandwich. But they also sell “Texas platters” of BBQ beef, pork or chicken and also beef brisket. I was intrigued by the brisket (and also really wanted the cheap fried chicken meal, which has nothing to do with BBQ) but instead I got the BBQ pulled pork platter ($9). This restaurant seemed to be on the same level as Dallas BBQ, but I figured I had to at least try their “real pit smoked BBQ” advertised on the front of the menu. For research, of course.
A lot of people seemed to be ordering either burgers or wings. This did not give me a lot of confidence in what the barbequed meats would be like and soon enough I was handed my tray of brown. There was a giant mound of pulled pork covered in BBQ sauce and then a crapload of baked beans that I’d chosen as my side. I was a little annoyed at this because couldn’t they have let me choose two sides instead of giving me two servings of one? And you also get a shrink-wrapped corn muffin which thankfully wasn’t brownish-red.
The good news is that the pieces of pulled pork that weren’t absolutely smothered in the sauce were really good and had some smoky flavor. The bad news is that there were only a few such pieces in there. I’m not quite sure why they don’t just give you the pork and a container or two of BBQ sauce to put on at your discretion because there was way too much on there. If I ever ordered a BBQ meat from them again I would specify the sauce comes on the side. The baked beans were baked beans, and I really did not need two servings of them. I can highly recommend the mashed potatoes from here as an alternative.
I’m pretty excited for the offshoot of Fatty ‘Cue that’s supposed to be opening down here in place of Picnick Smoked. Sometimes you just want some decent barbequed meats and from what I’ve found we have nothing of the sort in the FiDi.
Texas Rotisserie & Grill, 94 Fulton St. (btw. William & Gold), (212)-566-6666