21 October 2013

Morgans Brooklyn Barbecue

UNITED STATES (TEXAS)

Oh, Flatbush Avenue, how you have changed. When I first moved to Fort Greene 11 years ago, this broad street was just a dangerously wide street with unsafe intersections and a drastically different retail economy lining the streets. It remains unsafe, but now the crosswalks definitely stay on green for longer while strollers make their way across the avenue, and trendy bistros and smart clothing shops line it from Barclays Center to Grand Army Plaza.

In this vein comes Morgans Brooklyn Barbecue, the latest of respectable BBQ to come to New York City. I won't bore you with the details you already know. Austin pit master blah blah. At any rate, I was excited to check it out, and a small preliminary visit has yielded pretty good results.


The drinks still seem to be a little behind the opening, as a couple things we were looking for were not yet available despite being on the menu. The sweet tea ($3, below) was though, and comes with free refills like the sodas, and flows out of pitchers. I always find this drink more sweet than tea, and will just take a Coke or a beer. It's not bad with BBQ though.


The first visit here was on a weekend, and they have a creative brunch menu that looks good and probably stacks up well against local competition. Just off this menu is the breakfast burrito ($12, below), which definitely brings back memories of an Austin breakfast. In addition to your normal ingredients, this guy is filled with chopped brisket.


I tend to ease into a barbecue joint and find myself ordering the pulled pork before anything else usually. The meat here on the pulled pork sandwich ($10.50, below) has a perfect texture and some pieces are nicely charred, but it definitely needs the house BBQ sauce to overcome a bit of dryness. That being said, once you taste this sauce, you will want to put it on and over everything you order, as it is marvelous. A perfect combination of sweet and spicy, a great combination with most meats here.


Barbecue joints always need great sides, and the first one I tried was excellent. The mac n' cheese ($4, below, small) is indeed small, but very well done with a good helping of crumbs on top. The cheese is not sharp but very rich, the pasta well-cooked and not chewy.


Oh yeah, and there is seasonal cobbler ($8). Need I say more?

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