Lower East Side Feast: $28 All You Can Eat Ribs at Georgia’s Eastside BBQ & $4 Banana Pudding at sugar Sweet sunshine

Date April 28, 2008

Sunday is NYC Food Guy’s gluttony day. And what better way to invoke the 2nd of the seven deadly sins than with $28 all you can eat ribs at my favorite BBQ spot, Georgia’s Eastside BBQ. Why is it my favorite? Well aside from the meaty, fall-off-the-bone ribs, the service is great and it’s affordable.  Since my first post they’re no longer offering unlimited sides with the all you can eat, something they tinkered with early on, but that shouldn’t matter because you’re here for a carnivorous feast and Baby Back Ribs are the star of the show.  

The ribs– baked over beer between two cookie sheets before being tossed on the grill and sauced up- arrived hot, fall-off-the-bone, and very meaty.  The skin was drier than usual so we asked for extra sauce, a mandatory move, regardless of skin quality. The fries were spot on, crispy and cooked fresh.  Pass on the potato skins ($4), listed as a special, they arrived undercooked and underloaded.  The cabbagey cole slaw is sweet and light, a nice “palate cleanser” as King of Ketchup called it.  After the King and I polished off two racks of ribs each and paid our $64 bill, it was off to sugar Sweet sunshine for some of the city’s best Banana Pudding

The key to great Banana Pudding is simple: 1) Balanced ratio of ripe banana to Nilla wafer and 2) rich, creamy pudding.  sugar Sweet sunshine’s ratio favors the Nilla wafer, but it makes no difference, the pudding is so sweet and decadent, you’re forced to sit down in one of their comfy armchairs and enjoy the knee-buckling deliciousness. A $4 small cup is more than enough for two people. Their cupcakes are great as well, better than Magnolia’s. Go with the Ooey Goey (chocolate cake with dark chocolate almond buttercream frosting), it’s the co-owner Deb’s favorite. 

Georgia’s Eastside BBQ 192 Orchard St. b/t Houston & Stanton New York, NY 10002 (212) 253-6280
sugar Sweet sunshine 126 Rivington St. near Norfolk St. New York, NY 10002 (212) 995-1960

16 Responses to “Lower East Side Feast: $28 All You Can Eat Ribs at Georgia’s Eastside BBQ & $4 Banana Pudding at sugar Sweet sunshine”

  1. Danny said:

    Wow, knee buckling deliciousness. That IS delicious. The LES is so far away! damn it!

  2. peakingduck said:

    Spot on with Sweet Sunshine, their Banana Pudding is one of the best in town… Also worthy is Soul Spot in Boerum Hill Brooklyn.

  3. The NYC Food Guy said:


    Make the moves my friend. It’s well worth it. There are so many great places to eat down in the EV/ABC City/LES, you won’t be sorry.

    Peaking Duck,

    sSs’s Banana pudding is serious. So is Virgil’s BBQ in Times Square. Buttercup isn’t great, neither is Magnolia. What else do they have at Soul Spot that’s worth getting?

  4. Anonymous said:

    Yo FoodDude,
    You are losing all cred….another post about Georgia’s after never responding to the guy who told you to try out Daisy May’s! Yeah, now you are going to tell us that there are only so many hours in a day that you can stuff that fat face of yours! Your job is to go out there and try new stuff and tell us about it…not go back and take the same lousy pics and tell us again how much you like to slurp this place. Maybe the next time I go to Georgia’s to try it out..IT WILL BE OUT OF RIBS AGAIN!
    Next FoodGuy…what about a review about your stuff my face until I puke from the best in the “East Buffet”? I was giving you some slack because I know you really “work?”; but when I saw these last two reviews dated AFTER YOU WENT TO EAST…no more props for CredlessLazyAssNYCFoodGuy. Get on the ball and stop with the SAL and upload something new.
    Your good buddy….isiahater..soon to be NYCRealFoodDude

  5. Dan said:

    wow. i’m jealous. i gotta make the journey with you again.

  6. The NYC Food Guy said:


    What a joke of a name. You’ve been to Daisy May’s once and you caught a raw deal at Georgia’s and YOU’RE the expert? I think not.

    With all due respect, I don’t think anyone could call me lazy. I’ve eaten more food around this city than anyone else I know. But I’m not here to defend myself. When I post Daisy May’s on here it will be prodigious. It will feature not just ribs but an ENTIRE PIG. Maybe if you’re lucky King of Ketchup and I will actually let you come.

    As far as East buffet goes, you just keep your eyes peeled I think you’ll find what you’re looking for in no time. Go to Georgia’s and actually eat there then tell me they’re not worth posting twice.


    Yes, it’s definitely time for you to make another run to Georgia’s. We’re gonna have to try some new BBQ spots though. Wildwood jsut opened and is getting good reviews.

  7. you are lazy said:

    when did wildwood open? you claim to be a ribs expert now and you haven’t even tried their ribs? c’mon, back up your big mouth

  8. The NYC Food Guy said:


    Wildwood opened three or four days ago, I have some friends who sound oddly similar to you who would never pass up a chance for all you can eat ribs to pay for a plate of single-serving. You know anything about that? How about you reveal yourself and come into NYC and step up with NYC Food Guy this Wednesday for Wildwood?

  9. Doctor Dyspepsia said:

    Hey Anonymous: vicious, but very funny. This is how you vilify your “good buddy”? Good thing NYCFG has a thick skin. Has to, in this cutthroat food critic business, where tempers and passions run high. And EVERYONE hates Isiah, but what’s the point anymore?

    Food Guy: Whole pig in NYC? Can’t wait to hear about it. Only place I had that in NYC was Plataforma in the theater district: all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue/buffet. Great selection, well prepared, and of course, unlimited quantities. Try it, even if you don’t love buffets. Trust me.


  10. NYCRealFoodDude said:

    Kudos to the NYCFoodGuy KING!
    You have certainly acquitted yourself with the most comprehensive and objective, I did say objective, review of any food place that your pen (keyboard) has brought to this blog universe. Sometimes my good buddy may need a skewer, without food, up the ass, to bring out the RealFoorCritic that has been secreted away in all those fatuous reviews of fries and pizza. You have now proven that you can rise above the normal crap that belongs in the toilet! Better to choose your targets more carefully so that, we fans of NYC Food Guy, can expect to return and find, not only entertainment, but good critical reviews. Keep it coming!
    Btw, I am IN w/Doc/little FoodDude & KofK (& more) for the whole pig at Daisy May’s.
    P.S. “I’ve eaten more food……..than anyone else I know.” Yeah, I can tell…lighten up on the portions dude.

  11. WRONG said:

    first of all i would just like to say that nycfoodguy is negligent in not mentioning that fact that TONS of hot female (and male) ass frequents Sugar Sweet Sunshine on a daily basis,

    and secondly, his claim that one small serving of banana pudding is enough for two people to share is completely erroneous, unless you’re trying to feed two anorexic babies, in which case it’s more than enough. it’s a nice size — but you’re not going to want to share it, so tell your boyfriend to shell out another 4 bucks and get his own

  12. The NYC Food Guy said:


    You are correct, there were a lot of attractive and hip women in sugar Sweet sunshine while I was there. I didn’t know you had your eye on the males too.

    I’ve never been unsatisfied with a split small, then again everytime I’ve eaten at sSs it was right after gorging myself on Georgia’s Eastside BBQ.

    If you went to sSs with some space in your stomach, then yes, a small for two people isn’t necessary, each eater can handle their own small cup.

  13. The NYC Food Guy said:


    Whole pig in NYC is something at Daisy May’s called the Big Pig Roast…

    You can get a 30 pound whole pig for 12 people ($480 +tax) or a 15 pound half pig ($240 +tax) for 6 people. You get a bunch of sides and you have to give them a two day notice.

    Here’s the link with all the info.

  14. The NYC Food Guy said:


    Thanks, I think, I lost you a little bit in the middle there, but thanks for the somewhat lefthanded complement. I’m glad you approve and I’ll keep you updated on the big pig roast, check out the comment I left above for Doc for more info.

  15. Howfresh said:

    Georgia’s ribs are serious. Definitely worth a return visit. I thought the fried chicken might have been the star of the show however.

    Hit up Wildwood BBQ last Friday. The beef dishes were serious- brisket and ribs. The baby backs paled in comparison to Georgia’s.

    Peep the review here…


  16. The NYC Food Guy said:


    Dude, great review on Wildwood. I dig those photos. Surprising to hear the ribs paled in comparison to Georgia’s though. I heard good things.

    As far as brisket goes, you take Wildwood or Hill Country?

    Georgia’s does a brisket on Tuesday’s that the people who work there claim is ridiculous. Gotta check that out next.

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