Georgia’s Eastside BBQ – 192 Orchard Street, Manhattan, NY
I was hesitant about this place at first since I had never heard of it before (usually sticking with more popular BBQ places – Dinosaur BBQ, Hill Country, Blue Smoke, etc.). However, at the end of the meal, I (along with Laura and Al) were very happy we gave it a try and discovered some great BBQ down on the Lower East Side.
Georgia’s Eastside BBQ is small. There are about five tables plus a couple of bar stools making up the entire inside area. There also isn’t any air conditioning or even a bathroom. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not these are one-of-a-kind features that give Georgia’s a cute uniqueness or not. Either way, fair warning to avoid this spot on hot, humid days and to give yourself enough time to quickly run across the street to a neighboring bar for bathroom use.
For food, I wanted to give everything on the menu a try but settled on ribs (one of my favorite things at a BBQ place) and two sides, which were included.
- Ribs: three quarters of a rack covered in Georgia’s secret spice. These baby-back ribs are slow cooked for hours and served hot off the grill with our homemade BBQ sauce.
- Mac and Cheese
- Hush Puppies
The ribs were VERY good and I was an instant fan. They melted off the bone and I think on a couple occasions just picking up a rib resulted in the meat falling off onto the wooden butcher’s block that the food was served on. The BBQ sauce was served on the side, which I liked because it allowed me to really taste the flavor of the meat without smothering and masking the flavor in sauce. While the mac and cheese was also very good, the side dish I would recommend (although it was a special that night) are the hush puppies. For those of you that don’t know what hush puppies are, think fried cornbread. They were served with a maple syrup dipping sauce. I never really get these anywhere which is why I recommend giving them a try if they’re on the menu. I thought they were a little dry but I’m far from a hush puppy connoisseur. Either way, they were something I hadn’t had in a long time and were a nice treat to complement the BBQ.
Georgia’s Eastside BBQ is a solid choice for BBQ in the Lower East Side. The place is small so beware of any crowds (I was amazed it was empty when we went to visit). And of course, there is also the lack of air conditioning and a bathroom. However, if you can get past all that, the ribs were very good, the staff extremely friendly and welcoming, and the prices were decent ($19 for the ribs plus $2/each for sides). I would recommend Georgia’s if you’re looking for BBQ in the city and hope to be back sometime very soon to taste some more of their delicious ribs.