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Day 123: Down Home on the Upper East

October 30th · 4 Comments

When your fiancée is a Hindu who doesn’t eat red meat, a dinner of Texas barbecue is not the easiest sell. I wheedled Joo in the door tonight with the promise of a turkey burger. We didn’t regret it.

Dallas BBQ, on Third Avenue between 72nd and 73rd, has a neon sign and paper placemats and a flagrant disregard for diets. As an appetizer we ordered an “Onion Loaf” that astonished us: An entire bucket of battered and deep-fried onion strands upended onto a plate, so voluminous we couldn’t conquer it. Joo gnawed at her turkey burger and failed. I had the chicken and ribs, the meat falling off the bone, along with rice that was a blaring yellow and a giant hunk of corn bread. We shared a “Texas-Size Margarita” in the Tangerine flavor. It was strong as motor oil and garnished with candy corns.

None of this might be surprising anywhere else, but this was the Upper East Side. No one serves huge portions here and most everyone is white. We had a black couple wooing each other on one side and a Puerto Rican mother and daughter chatting in Spanish on the other and, in the corner, a hefty office girl with a satin blouse and a braying laugh, surrounded by Happy Birthday balloons. It was all so…real. No skinny minis or blatantly gay waiters or mock turtlenecks or bottles of Pellegrino.

Which is to say…we’ll be back.

Tags: Dining · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Marilyn // Oct 31, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    This makes me hungry even though I ate breakfast only an hour ago.

  • 2 Les // Nov 1, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Dude, we are so there.

  • 3 Bev // Nov 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Ditto! Can I come? Candy corn garnish…only in NY. Perhaps it was seasonal.

  • 4 Jay // Dec 19, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    If your waiter were non-blatantly gay, then what? What about all the blatantly non-gays out and about?

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