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I'm a young professional living in Astoria (formerly of Williamsburg, the UES and Murray Hill - I move a lot!). I'm always looking for something fun to do or the best place to grab a drink and dinner at an affordable price around the city. Have a suggestion? Email me at Laura AT 89thandbroke DOT com.

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A Taste of BBQ on the LES

Last night, my friends Al and Dave wanted to catch up, and what a better place to eat and chat with the boys then a BBQ spot.  Dave had heard about Georgia’s Eastside BBQ on the LES, and we decided to give it a shot.

The place was empty when we walked in and consisted of a few tables or you can dine against the wall.  The place  is no frills – no bathroom and unfortunately for us, no AC – but the food and service was great.  The waitress was friendly, and provided recommendations on what to order. For $19, I ordered a 3/4 rack of ribs, and with that came two sides.  There were a list of regular sides, but for $2 more each, I could spring for specialty sides.  I went with the special sides menu, and added on mac and cheese and hush puppies.

The food was excellent.  Ribs were falling off the bone, and I kept dipping them into the BBQ sauce – I liked that the sauce was on the side so it was less of a mess. Hush puppies were served with maple syrup. They weren’t my favorite hush puppies in the entire world, but a nice change of pace.  I think next time though, I’d try the potato salad.  I also tried the mac and cheese which was solid – wasn’t overly cheesy and I didn’t feel super full after eating it (which is a good thing).

The boys finished their portions, but I went home with half my ribs and mac and cheese and the hush puppies.  Between my meal, special sides, two beers and tax and tip, grand total came to $35.  We heard from other patrons that the desserts are fabulous, but I just had no room left to try them.

In addition to trying desserts, I’d love to come back for happy hour. From 3-5 pm, you can score $5 BBQ sandwiches and $2 PBRs, Monday – Friday.

Was Georgia’s Eastside BBQ as good as Dinosaur? No, but I didn’t have to travel nearly as far and the portions and the price were on par when it all came down to it in the end.  We all agreed we’d return to Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, but only after the weather drops below 60 degrees and we won’t notice the lack of AC.

The Basics
Name: Georgia’s Eastside BBQ
Location: 192 Orchard Street (between Houston and Stanton)
Who to Bring: Friends
Price: $$ Plates between $15-19
Overall: 4 stars. Love the meat falling off the bone. 


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