Georgia's Eastside BBQ

Georgia’s Eastside BBQ

Photo Credit: Noah Devereaux

Back in the 2000’s, it was easier to find someone to have sex with in a bathroom on the Lower East Side (đź‘Ź, Darkroom) than it was a good rib. At the time, Rub and Daisy May’s were widely considered the two best BBQ restaurants in NYC. Boy have things changed, and for the better.

So back then, we naturally freaked out pretty hard on Georgia’s brand of Americana Southern comfort BBQ. And by freaked out, I actually mean proclaimed Georgia’s had the best rib in NYC.

At that moment in time, there was no rib we’d rather eat than a Georgia’s rib. But, times change. Ribs evolve. New BBQ players show up to the concrete jungle and suddenly, there are a lot more beefy ribs in town to get dirty with. While a recent return trip to Georgia’s reminded us why we love it so, let’s just say there’s a lot more competition in town these days.

Georgia’s isn’t a traditional BBQ restaurant, as nothing here is actually pit smoked. Their ribs, which are still great, are slow roasted and then finished on the grill. Georgia’s is the place to come for fried chicken with a side of fries, delicious, cheap BBQ wings, and an amazing fried catfish sandwich. It’s cheap, it’s cash only, it’s filled with regulars, and they serve 40s of Colt 45 unironically. Georgia’s is a staple on the LES, and for those nights when you really want to reward yourself while you sink into your couch watching Netflix, it’s also one of the best delivery options around.

While it may not be our absolute favorite rib in New York anymore, Georgia’s will forever be delicious, and also makes us appreciate all this fine BBQ we now have in the city, because not so long ago was it impossible to find quality smoked MEEEEEATS.

Food Rundown:

Georgia's Eastside BBQ - Pork RibsThey may not be pit smoked, but they’re slow cooked for hours, smothered in Georgia’s secret spice rub. Tender, moist, and falling off their respective meat-racks, with sauce all over your face goodness. This has always been the signature attraction at Georgia’s. These ribs are big on pig, small on bone, and huge on flavor.

Georgia's Eastside BBQ - BBQ Wings$6 for a basket full of some of the juiciest, meatiest, chicken wings in town? Sign us up. Go big on the BBQ sauce.

Pulled Pork Sandwich
Their pulled pig doesn’t have that Texas smoke to it, but it’s all kinds of tasty. At 98, you can’t go wrong. In fact, you usually pay more for crappy bodega meat in this city. You’re an Infatuation reader though, you’re not actually eating crappy bodega meat though. Right? RIGHT?

Fried Chicken
Georgia's Eastside BBQ - Fried ChickenIt’s simple, but it’s well executed. There are no bells or whistles to Georgia’s fried chicken, but it’s all kinds of juicy and crispy as sh*t. Order it, and then douse it with hot sauce.

Fried Catfish
One of our go-to’s at Georgia’s over the years. Don’t be scared of the bottom feeder, it cleans up real nice, either as a platter with sides or on a sandwich.

Georgia Dog
Georgia's Eastside BBQ - Georgia Dog with FriesIf you’re feeling extra frisky… yes, that’s a hot dog covered in cheese, slaw, hot sauce, onions and pickles. Also, make sure you get french fries at Georgia’s. So good.

Banana Pudding
Georgia's Eastside BBQ - Banana PuddingRoom for dessert? Get the banana pudding. Then go to bed.

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