Thursday, October 23, 2008
Brother Jimmy's - Welcome to the Chain Family
As a borderline alchy I am shocked it has taken me this long to dedicate a post to a chain that is more of a bar than a restaurant. When I think of Brother Jimmy's I think of 20- year old bridge and tunnel people coming into the city for a crazy night out. I also think of those fun alligators they give you in their famous fish bowls. Oh and I think of being called an "inappropriate drunk." Last year I heard from a little Chuck Bass wannabe that a Brother Jimmy's was opening up a block away from my apartment in the golden towers, Windsor Court. I could not believe it, WTF, why would a southern themed bar open up on in the worlds jappiest court? I did not make any sense to me at all. Japs don't eat BBQ food? I mean you can't put BBQ sauce on salad, can you???
Alas, I was wrong and a few months ago Brother Jimmy's made its glorious debut on 31st street. So far it seems to be a huge success with lines out the door certain nights of the week. I have been twice and have been very impressed both times. My favorite thing was the BBQ chicken sandwich. It is a nice size and you can add any sauce you like from the multiple varieties available on the table. I also like that you can pick what side you like. Much better than the standard fries that you are given at every other restaurant. I like variety in my life. I got the mac and cheese because I am really into mac and cheese. It is so weird that I never ate mac and cheese growing up. I know my mom doesn't really cook but I am pretty sure she could have heated up some mac and cheese for me and little Bretty. I have also sampled many appetizers here and all were very delicious. I loved the popcorn shrimp and the buffalo chicken fingers. I can not quite put my finger on it, but they are a little more jazzy than your standard buf chick fing.
Also I must note that the prices here are much more affordable then some of the other BBQ joints that are popping up all over the city these days. BBQ is totally the new Mexican.
Now, the good stuff - the drinks!!! The first time I went to the new location I sampled the Sangria with my Lilo and wowzers was it good. I was impressed, who knew they had Sangria like this in the deep south. Of course Lilo and I finished the huge pitcher and were nice and toasty.
The second time with my posty girls we got a fish bowl and though rather sweet it was quite good. Then I switched to vodka soda which is pretty lame, because it is a southern BBQ bar, like really drink beer dude. How can I make fun of a Jap when I am drinking vodka soda at Brother Jimmy's????
So now, with 6 locations in the great borough of Manhattan, Brother Jimmy's you are certainly a chain and a welcome addition to the neighborhood. I heard a rumor that you were opening up in Puerto Rico, would totally rock and give me an excuse to visit my favorite island and birthplace of Mr. Posada and Mr. Williams!!!