House of 'Que is a new BBQ restaurant that just opened two weeks ago in Hoboken, replacing 3 Thirty Grill that closed earlier this year. Overlooking the New York skyline, this place is fairly big and has a concept, BBQ, that is not that widespread in the mile square city, the only true competitor in that category being The Smoking' Barrel, located uptown.
The area where it is located is full of bars, crowded whenever there is a game, and, you could see that they cater to sports fans considering the number of TVs all around the dining room. They smartly even put a large screen on one side. When entering, you cannot miss the roll of paper towels on each table: this is a good sign that it is going to get messy!
Strangely, we were asked to order our drinks at the table (a root beer for me and a house made lemonade for Jodi), but order and pay for the food at the counter. The way it works is that they give you a card with the menu, you go at the counter, order what you want, with sides first and meat after, and then pay at the cashier.
For the meat, you can order by the pound, whichever quantity you want, so I decided to have a tasting...
It was composed of:
Pork ribs (good, but not really falling of the bone. However, I loved the rub and the delightful fat):
Pork shoulder (fantastic: moist with some charred skin):
Sausage (another favorite: tasty with a nicely thick casing):
Brisket (deliciously fatty but a bit tough):
It was served with some slices of white bread that I mainly used with the pork shoulder, smothered in BBQ sauce.
For the sides, we decided to go with the corn pudding that was amazing and the mac and cheese that was...disappointing, being creamy but bland. We also got a pickle and some deviled eggs that were pretty good.
I admit that I am a bit on the fence with House of 'Que: my ideal meal would be the pork shoulder, sausage and corn pudding. For ribs, I prefer The Smoking' Barrel mentioned before or even Hudson Tavern that has some incredible ones. As far as the brisket is concerned, lots of BBQ places in New York make a better one. Would I go back? Maybe, but this time to try the chicken and the pecan pie...
Enjoy (I did)!
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