Off The Rails

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Located at: 1754 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10128

Off The Rails is a solid go-to spot for 3 things:

  1. Sexy bartenders (Hi Albert)
  2. Cheap booze
  3. Booty calls
A romantic evening with your sweetheart after a night at the theater? Not so much. Your best friends birthday at 1 am after a night of bar-hopping? Off The Rails. Having adopted the motley crew of derelicts that once frequented The Big Easy on 92 and 2nd Ave (myself included), before it shut down, Off The Rails feels like the dive-bar equivalent of a home away from home. Your creepy uncle is in the corner by himself, yet somehow it’s weirdly comforting.

Happy birthday Kristina! Honorary Frickle Chick of the day!

I was a little concerned that this establishment serves food, but after taking a tour of the kitchen accompanied by the head chef, I can honestly say the kitchen is in tip-top shape. The chef indulged me by letting us watch him make the frickles from scratch, and even snapping a few photos of the process. All in all, these were mighty fancy fried pickles, carefully dipped in tempura and fried to a golden brown. A wonderfully tasty surprise!

A very serious chef hand-breading the pickles. I don't think he was ready for his close-up.

 

Texture:       Whole Pickle = 4

The batter was tempura, rather than buttermilk or breadcrumbs. It was very yummy, but not what you think of when you envision a fried pickle.

Serving Size:    Huge Ass Pickle   Huge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest)

We got the special treatment with 2 full trays… a typical serving is probably 1 tray.

Condiment Selection:       Pickle Spear = 3

Came with a yummy barbecue-ranch, but there were no other condiments in sight.

Wait Time:      Whole Pickle = 4

Our frickles were hand-made to order, served in about 10 minutes.

Service:       Whole Pickle = 4

Our waitress was a little all over the place, but it was after midnight at a packed bar, so we can’t fault her too much : ]

Price:       Pickle Chip = 2

$7.00 per order! Ouch!

Overall:         Pickle Spear = 3

These frickles were good, but tempura just isn’t a TRUE fried pickle to these chicks. Especially at $7.00 an order. However, if you are looking for a fancy fried pickle in a not-so-fancy bar, this is your spot.

This isn't the flash, it's God shining down on fried pickles.

 

 

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Pure Pickles- Pickle Me Pete

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This long overdue shout-out goes to PICKLE ME PETE! We ran into Pickle Me Pete’s booth back in September at New York City’s Feast of San Gennaro Festival. Having our minds set on heaping plates of pasta and endless pints of wine, our nostrils were side-swiped when we picked up on a pickle-like aroma in the vicinity. We followed our nose radars straight to the source: the somewhat mislaid booth of Pete Starr, founder and mastermind of Pickle Me Pete. 12 varieties of pickles amidst an entirely Italian street fair? We’ll take it!

This picture was taken pre-face-meltage

We tried 3 of Pete’s 12 varieties: New Pickles (Lyss’s favorite kind of pickle), Sweet Chipotle Chips, and the pickle that has it’s own motto: “Just One And You Are Done,” the Ridiculously Spicy Pickle. These puppies are no joke. Lyss touched her face after touching a Ridiculously Spicy Pickle, and her skin actually started to melt off. Pete is a gifted pickle-seur, and if you ever run into him at a one of the many events he’s at throughout the year, definitely give his products a try!

More info at PickleMePete.com

Neely’s Barbecue Parlor

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Located at: 1125 First Avenue, New York, NY 10065

To our faithful Frickle Fans: So sorry for extended hiatus. Since our last post we have been super busy with life: graduating from Grad School, moving across the state, traveling extensively, celebrating countless weddings, job hunting, apartment hunting, and working a crazy amount of overtime. Alas, it is no excuse to have slacked off to our wonderful fans, especially since we frickled through all the highs and lows of the past few months. We’ve got a stack of reviews higher than a bucket of brine, so check back regularly for new posts from your favorite Frickle Chicks!

Now, down to business: Neely’s Barbecue Parlor located at 62nd Street and First Avenue on the Upper East Side. Here’s what we’re dealing with:

It's hard to tell in the picture how big each pickle slice is. They were thinly sliced, but about 3-4 inches across.

Neely’s has a truly authentic, classy, Southern vibe (at least we think it does, since neither of us have ever been to the real south, just Florida and the Carolinas) but if we close our eyes and imagine a swanky dining establishment straight out of N’awlins, you’ve got Neely’s. A chic dining room, lounge and bar manage to make BBQ elegant… well as elegant as dripping Baby Back Ribs can be. This place is perfect for a business dinner or nice night out. I felt a little self-concious in my tee shirt and jeans, but the staff were very friendly and made us feel welcome. Overall we loved the atmosphere and had a great time, but the frickles fell a bit short of our expectations.

Lyss steals the last frickle staying true to the Frickle Chick motto: "Never Leave a Pickle on the Plate."

Texture:       Pickle Chip = 2

Here’s the thing… these puppies had a lot of love in them. We could tell they were hand-cut, battered in a hand-made concoction of spices, and deep-fried by someone straight out of a Tennessee kitchen, and we feel really guilty giving them a 2… but they just weren’t that good. We had high expectations from the looks of them, but the spices and the taste of the batter just didn’t do it for us.

Serving Size:      Whole Pickle = 4

17 pieces cut from a big-ass Texas dill.

Heaven. 15+ condiment varieties.

Condiment Selection:    Huge Ass Pickle   Huge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest)

There was a hightop table devoted solely to the purpose of displaying condiments and hot sauces. There are no words.

We also had a selection of 3 barbecue sauces at the table (original, sweet, spicy) and the plate of frickles came with a “secret sauce”. Our experienced taste buds guess that it was some variety of horseradish mayo.

Wait Time:   Huge Ass Pickle   Huge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest)

Our frickles came out of the kitchen in under 5 minutes.

Service:    Huge Ass Pickle   Huge Ass Pickle = 5 (highest) 

Our waitress was awesome. She was quick, nice, and didn’t give us dirty looks for just ordering soda and frickles. She was also participating in a fundraiser for breast cancer, pledging to donate 100% of her tips in the month of October to the Susan  G. Komen foundation, along with shaving her head at the end of the month in support of women currently struggling with breast cancer. A true role model.

Price:       Whole Pickle = 4

$5.25 per generous order.

Overall:        Pickle Spear = 3

We loved everything about this place: the server, the atmosphere, THE CONDIMENTS, just not the fried pickles. We probably wouldn’t go back for them.

BACON. HOT. SAUCE. yes.