A baby of the city?s B.R. Guest clan, Wildwood Barbeque lets you dine in rustic barn charm with a modern New York twist ? dim track lighting, clean vaulted wood beams and cathedral-like setting. From the warm southerly greeting to the white dishcloth napkins and old-fashioned Mason jars, the scene is perfect for kickin' it down south with some Carolina pulled pork.
Sitting in the polished, low-lit barn, you?ll find on wood tables an array of homemade barbecue sauces including Sweet & Spicy Chipotle barbecue, and Chef Big Lou Elrose's secret sauce, which perhaps he developed during his famous stint at Hill Country.
The 50-foot TV-lined bar, wood bar tables, and open wall make this a great warm weather game-watching spot. The southern cocktails, endless beer and bourbon menu are a treat for the weary ? either from shopping at nearby Union Square or just working upstairs.
While my Carolina pulled pork and brisket were ordered on the ?moist? not ?lean? side, I didn?t know that entailed ?incredibly fatty? or slightly inedible. The baked beans were a bit heavy, salty and too bacon fatty. Though one nice thing is you can sub an entree's default vinegar chips for more tempting sides like crispy sweet potato fries.
Still, the setting is warm and genuinely makes you feel like you?re hours away down south ? even down to the large country-like basin in the bathroom. The friendly staff and affordable prices (sandwiches from $10, entrees $15-$25) makes Wildwood not quite as upscale nostalgic as a farm-loving Keith McNally restaurant, but a fun, themed break from the everyday.
Pros: Great setting, Friendly Service, Fun Setting, Drink Menu
Cons: Food Hit or Miss, Bit Pricey for Mixed Reviewed Food