BBQ Review

Golden Chicken & Ribs

604 9th Avenue (at 43rd Street)

New York, NY 10036

(212) 245-8790 listing

  category: New York City BBQ





Golden Chicken and Ribs is a small storefront on 9th Avenue that's buried in a sea of similar small eateries. It's a counter service only joint that has a display case of available side dishes, with a few tables toward the back. When I walked in just before noon on a Sunday, there were chickens and ribs in various stages of completion on the grill behind the counter.


The menu is limited, but you can get almost any permutation of chicken (white meat, dark meat, wings, 1/4 chicken, 1/2 chicken, whole chicken, "flame broiled" chicken, fried chicken) and ribs (1/4 slab, 1/2 slab, full slab). They also have grilled steak, lamb chops and pork chops. The ribs are babybacks.


I tried a combo with a 1/4 rack of ribs and 1/4 chicken ($11.25), choosing flame broiled dark meat. Pita bread served with the combo didn't inspire much condfidence. The not-so-meaty ribs were lightly sauced for their finish on the grill. Actually, the grill was used to start and finish the ribs; there's no smoker here. The ribs weren't horrible, but they weren't very good. The unsauced chicken was actually impressive, with crisp skin and moist meat that had a nice herbal flavor and a hint of spice. But like the ribs, these weren't barbecued.


My sides were decent: cole slaw was crunchy, lightly dressed and mildly sweet; steamed vegetables (mostly broccoli) were warm and fairly fresh.


The bottom line: It ain't barbecue, and for what it is, it ain't cheap, although the quality did slightly exceed my low expectations. I can't see myself returning when the superior Daisy May's and Virgil's are both just 4 blocks away.


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The storefront on 9th Avenue.


A simple operation, with a counter and a few tables.


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Chicken and ribs at Golden Chicken & Ribs.


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A closer look at the ribs and chicken.





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