Review by @BethanyShondark
Last night the first Kosher pop-up BBQ opened in the parking lot of the Riverdale Temple in Riverdale in the Bronx. It's supervised by the STAR-K and is the brainchild of Gemstone catering. There's a buffet line with every kind of barbeque option available with side dishes like baked beans, cole slaw and mashed potatoes. There's also authentic corn bread and a dessert and drinks station. There's no liquor license so it's BYOB mevushal wine or beer.
We went with friends and they did the same, and ordered a peach cobbler for dessert. All of the food was flavorful, warm and delicious. There was plenty of tented seating and water was available for free. It was great family dinner on par with the food at Smokey Joe's in Teaneck – lots of young couples with kids were seated around us.
1) BBQ Ribs (1lb) and got corn bread, baked beans and potato salad as sides The baked beans had NO seasoning at all and were basically inedible but everything else was great.2) Pulled BBQ Brisket Sandwich (1/2lb of meat on a bun) with cole slaw, potato salad and corn bread. It didn’t come with corn bread so we ordered the side (6 pieces for $5)
The ‘cole slaw’ was really a red cabbage salad but was good, a little too much mayo. The bun was overflowing with the meat (dripping in BBQ sauce because they had just brought out a new pan and ladeled out the remaining sauce over the new Pulled Brisket).Somehow the order came to $46, but since I did’t get a receipt (can’t the iPad program email me one?) I’m not quite sure how that got calculated. We might go back once more before they close because there were other foods we didn’t get to taste and would like to. But…$$$Is this a test to see if our neighborhood would support a new BBQ restaurant?Not at those prices.
And as quick reply to his highness of bdwy….we are not opening a restaurant now or any time in the future as my wife would divorce me if I even thought about it. Meanwhile 1100 people served in 5 hours seems to disagree with your assertion that there is not a need for this caliber food in the area!
Here is the menu
If you missed this round….c’mon and join us this Oct 4th, Chol Hamoed Sukkot for the 2nd round. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/353791068038687/ for more info…. Kativa v’Chatima Tova…..next bbq in Jerusalem
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