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Company Bar & Grill
Posted by barbequesnobnyc on 10/03/2009
I've tried all of the BBQ at this place and compared to the others I've tried in NYC, and in many place down South where I grew up - this guy is making some of the best BBQ going. Anywhere. Pulled Pork - smoky, and melt in your mouth with the right amount of sauce (not sweet, the chef said it's the pan drippings mixed with some ketchup and mustard and not much else - it's awesome)...Brisket - unreal, no other word can describe it. I had a platter which is served with cheddar grits, if you like grits, get these in you, soon. The other meat I had on the platter was the spare ribs - hands down, best in NYC. Fall off the bone tender, smoky and juicy. I was also in on a day when the bar was out of napkins, so I asked the chef/cook - the guy wearing the bandana in the kitchen, funny thing, he had a stack, issue solved. Bar service was ok, I was at this place over the summer before this chef was brought in, it's definitely gotten better, more beers on tap and bottles as well. A friend of mine had the "hot" wings, they weren't hot enough for him, but they were too hot for me, so go figure. Overall, it's a great value for food. Oh, BTW, our food took 15 minutes to come out of the kitchen, not too bad considering that the cook had apparently gotten 4 tables at once, but even if it took an hour or more, the BBQ here is well worth the wait. My second trip I had the brisket on a sandwich, so good. I also tried the Calamari which sounds interesting. It's spicy and simply incredible. The chef said he learned the recipe when he was working in Providence, RI, but threw a BBQ twist on it (he adds spicy smoked link to a butter sauce made with jalepenos then tosses the calamari in that, different, but very good) Also, try the Buffalo Broccoli - cool stuff - grilled broccoli spears coated in Buffalo wing sauce, strange, but also incredibly good. I'm glad this guy decided to take on the kitchen at Company. Having been a part year resident of the LES for the past 10 years, I tried to sample all the BBQ in NYC. I was surprised how well this chef pulls off real wood smoke BBQ in such a small kitchen. It easily competes with all of the bigger establishments around. Get some....
Posted by david on 09/28/2009
Three of us went here and we ordered a starter of hot wings, one ordered the cheeseburger melt, and the other two ordered the pulled pork sandwich, on the waitress' recommendation. Even though there weren't many people there it took forever for the food to come out, supposedly because "they had just gotten a large order." I guess they cater or something. The decidedly un-spicy wings came out in a little basket, as you might expect, but we were not provided with individual plates or napkins. The waitress apologized that they were out of napkins and provided us instead with three small paper towel squares, the bottom of which was rendered useless upon its placement on the table because of some condensation from our beers that immediately soaked it through. Maybe this wouldn't have been a huge deal, but come on, when you are eating wings you need tons of napkins. She finally brought some more out but we had to ask her repeatedly because she would never bring quite enough of the paper towel squares out. Our sandwiches arrived and those were quite good. However, we weren't provided with any utensils -- not that you necessarily need them for sandwiches and fries, but there was a little dish of cole slaw. The "pickle" that was supposed to have come with the meal consisted of two small cross-section slices of a relatively dry and tasteless pickle. Between the three of us we were probably served the equivalent of less than one pickle.
Posted by jermaine on 05/17/2009
I took a few friends here after work and we caught the end of happy hour, ordered the 3-for-all and the sweet potato fries, plus the honey BBQ wings. BOY was i floored by how good it was. You really encounter bar food that tastes this crisp and great, the wings were perfect. The fried string beans were also awesome, crisp and juicy. The other wing joints i have gone in the east village were ok, but this place really rocked me and my coworkers' socks off! haven't tried the burger, but there's always a next time. My favorite things were the S.P. fries and the fried string beans though, each was pulled off as if you were cooking for your family at home. *I also didnt experience any long waits like this guy below, everything came to the table hot and fresh. the low key atmosphere also helped keep me and my friends nice and relaxed while we ate and drank.
Posted by Jeremy on 04/20/2009
First - you guys speak of cheddar cheese and "balsamic onions". The only options we had were yellow American cheese and uncooked white onions. We settled for that and one of us got the mushrooms. In addition, we ordered the 3-for-all appetizer, which sounded like it'd hold our hunger over for the time being. About 20 minutes later (in which time, we could have cooked our own burgers), we see the chef run out of the bar, only to come back 2 minutes later with 4 hamburger buns from across the street...being as though we were the only 4 there eating, we realized we were in for a surprise. 20 minutes after that (40 minutes total), our burgers come out...wait - where was our appetizer? We figure they just forgot it. The burger was half decent. There was nothing at all special about it. My friend that ordered the mushrooms - yea, imagine one thin slice of a mushroom, then chop that up into four tiny bits and pay $1 for that. Oh but wait! The fries were not even luke warm. They would have been delicious if they were the slightest bit warm, but cold fries are pretty weak. Next, we're finishing our meals, and surprise! Our appetizer comes out. What?! Since when does an appetizer come out AFTER you're done with your meal? And here's the kicker - a Stella costs $7. I go to a different bar every weekend in the city, and this is the first hole-in-the-wall with the nerve to charge $7 for a mediocre beer. With all that said, we will not be going back to Company Bar. We wanted it to be good, we really did. We wanted it to be our Wednesday night burger joint, but it fell extremely short of all expectations. Perhaps it was an off night...
Posted by Beth on 10/05/2008
Just discovered this little hole in the wall restaurant and it was amazing! Great personal service and the grilled pizza was delish, highly recommend!!
Posted by Kyle on 07/01/2008
I must agree... The burger here is absolutely delicious. The french fries that come with it are great too. Definitely check this spot out if you're looking for a D/L burger joint.
Posted by burgerboy on 10/03/2007
best burger in town. and the burgerboy knows.