Last week I had lunch at Southern Hospitality, the popular Upper East Side BBQ joint owned by Justin Timberlake, Trace Ayala, and Eytan Sugarman. This was not an ordinary lunch, for I had the honor of dining with the man who helped create the menu, Ray Lampe, better known as Dr. BBQ (www.drbbq.com)!
We started with the appetizer combo ($29.99) which came with BBQ nachos, deep fried ribs, fried pickles, Smokin’ hot wings, and pulled pork sliders. I love platters like this because the NYC FOODIE loves trying a little bit of everything! The two stand-outs were the deep fried ribs and the wings (And yes, I was taking a break from my diet).
I’ve never had deep fried ribs, and they were quite unique and interesting. Deep frying the ribs gave them a different type of texture, and they were fun to eat and tasty.
I will say that the Smokin’ hot wings blew my mind. They were juicy, tender, and had great flavor. Could have been the best hot wings I’ve ever had, and those wings alone will make me come back in a heartbeat!
We also got the wet rib and dry rib sampler ($27.95) which came with their Memphis-style dry rubbed ribs and baby back ribs. Both styles of ribs were really tasty and had a lot of flavor.
I had to have a side of the Macaroni and Cheese ($5.95) and a side of Dr. BBQ’s Famous Creamed Corn ($3.95). I love Mac and Cheese and this one was great! It had a crispy top, which I loved, and it was very creamy, cheesey, and delicious! The creamed corn had a touch of sweetness that was really nice, and I enjoyed it a lot too (I was still on break from my diet).
Of course, after the meal, the NYC FOODIE put on a little magic show for Dr. BBQ and friends, and it was a true blast!
Southern Hospitality is more than just a celebrity owned restaurant. It is a fun spot that is not only “bringing sexy back”, but also bringing great Memphis-style cooking back to NYC. Go for the fun, stay for those wings!