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Posted by BBQlvr on 07/08/2008
The first time here I skipped the babybacks because the sauce was listed as Raspberry Chipotle bbq sauce. Raspberries and BBQ don't mix in my book.. The second time the sauce on the babybacks was changed to Chipotle BBQ sauce. So, I got the rib platter. Guess what, SAME SAUCE. With raspberries. Guess what else., It was horrible. Luckily the other sauce on the table kinda covered it up. The pork ribs, and the wings were awesome. The sides were underwhelming. The mac and cheese was bland, the onion rings were straight out of a freezer bag and the cornbread was ho-hum. The jalapeno bottle caps were the only decent app. My advice stick to the bottle caps and fries for sides, and skip any meat with a sauce that mentions chipotle or raspberries........
Posted by nycfrequentdiner on 07/03/2008
I would like to preface with the fact that it is currently only 10am, I dined at the restaurant about 12 hours ago, and I would give anything to have a bowl of Wildwood's veggie chili right now! Overall, the food was excellent, as was the atmosphere, crowd and presentation (the chili comes in adorable cauldrons!) I dined with a group of 10 girls and everyone left the table beaming and making plans for our next visit (no easy feat!). The brisket chili was quite possibly the best thing I've ever had in my life! The veggie chili was also delicious. The salads, cornbread, sweet potato fries, s'mores, all excellent. As for the ribs, the short ribs were a bit too fatty for my liking, but the baby back ribs were delicious! The pulled pork sandwich definitely deserves mention, as it was was quite tasty! Food aside, the crowd was fun and it's a great venue to hang out and get drinks. I am definitely a huge fan, you may even see me there tonight!
Posted by Marc P. on 06/20/2008
We went here on a Sunday afternoon and guess what? They were out of the baby back ribs. We went with the lamb ribs which were so fatty you could not eat them. Some of our friends ordered the sandwiches and they came on a store bought hamburger bun. Not a good value. Pass on this place there are much better ones around.
Posted by Jason on 06/20/2008
I posted a negative review of Wildwood a few months ago after having an unsatisfactory dinner at the newly opened restaurant. Many food critics concurred with me: Wildwood was nothing more than a mediocre big-chain restaurant. Its presence is hard to miss, and we were in a BBQ mood one recent Monday evening, so reluctantly we returned to Wildwood. Our second visit was night-and-day better. It didn't start out that way though. A group of servers huddled in the corner as our water glasses sat empty. I had to flag them down, but once the server arrived, she was very friendly and helpful. The three of us pretty much ordered what we did our initial visit, with the exception of the very flavorful 'bella caps sitting in BBQ sauce. The brisket was fatty (as it should be) and very tasty. MUCH better than the time before, when it resembled fat-free sliced cold cuts. Likewise, the Three Little Pigs dinner was much bigger, and better tasting. My dining partner's Rib Sampler was overflowing with beefy ribs he took most of it home. Even the sides tasted better than the paltry, limp portions we received our first visit. Maybe it was the heat, but the cold beer (try the organic one from Maine) totally hit the spot. In the middle of dinner, who we presumed was a manager passed by and asked how things were. "MUCH better than our first visit," we happily reported. Anyone who's worked at or owned a restaurant knows they take a while to get their niche. Maybe that's a lesson for restaurant-goers: hold off until the hype subsides and and the place gets its bearings, so to speak. In any case, I'm pleased to say that Wildwood is now a winner. Let's hope it remains that way. So if you're in the Union Square area (or even if you're not), and have a BBQ craving, Wildwood's the place. I would suggest an early dinner, since they do get pretty packed.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/13/2008
If you are a BBQ lover, your not gonna find anything worth eating at this joint. Don't be fooled by the smoking nonesense, there is nothing here that is slow cooked. The Pork Ribs, hardly fall of the bone, they need a good tug, the Dry Rub is flavorless as well, and the meat dry to the bone. Zero smoked flavor. Ditto, for the Baby Backs with Chipolte Rasberry Glaze, not wet style at all, just a brush of wet glaze turned dry. No pink smoke layer around the meat, which BBQ lovers have come to recognize as the result of true slow cooked smoked meat. Speaking of sauce, it's almost laughable how they point out the "Homemade Sauce" as soon as you are seated, the Hot Sauce is watery and sweet not hot. The House Sauce, is thicker , but also sweet and without any real depth of flavor. The Chipolte sauce, tastes like it could use some Chipolte in it, also sweet and without that familiar Chipolte smoked flavor. I agree with the rest, the Mac N'Cheese, is flavorless, and my order of BBQ Beans wasn't cooked through, I do hate dry, hard beans, don't you? The portions where ample, but so what if the food is lack luster, and look out for 9 to 10 dollar pints of beer, the ones that don't move quickly, are flavorless, much like the food and sauces. I must say that the service was quick and very friendly and attentive. However, instead of offering to replace my uncooked beans, or offering to alert the chef. I was simply handed a Feedback card along with the check. I don't think there was an actual "Chef" in the kitchen, just service help warming up and plating the food, No real attentivness to the quality or flavor of the food is in evidence. All in all, it ain't no awarded winning BBQ, not even close!
Posted by Mississippi Gal on 06/12/2008
I've been livin here for 3 yrs now and the beef brisket that I've had at Wildwood is the best that I've had yet!!! It had a good bbq smokey flavor but was overcooked and chewy. Hey, I still cleaned my plate off because I was so hungry and it was still tasty. At least they give it to you on a soft bun instead of those chewy tough kaiser that everyone seems to love around here. The sandwich was a bit overpriced for what they give youeven for NYC. I mean, come on, can I get a full serving of slaw instead of that tablespoon that they give you which is more like a garnishment than anything. It wasn't worth even putting the slaw on the menu to go with the sandwich. I also wish that they offered fries instead of those vinegar chips. Ugh! The tea could have also been sweeter. My service was great. I was seated right away and waited less than 10 min for my food. So, I know this review sounds pretty negative, but I will be back to try the wings, mushrooms or the chicken pulled bbq sandwich. So, my overall experience was not bad.
Posted by anon on 06/09/2008
The wings were really good, but it was all downhill from there. The mac & cheese had no taste whatsoever. The "grilled" asparagus were swimming in oil. I got the pulled pork, which was also extremely greasy.