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.

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