Brother Jimmy's BBQ
Brother Jimmy's BBQ

Brother Jimmy's BBQ

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brotherjimmys.com/
  • Phone: 2129677603
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Saturday: 12:00pm - 1:00am, Dinner: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Barbecue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Dancing, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Put Some South in Yo' Mouth and Book Your Party at Brother Jimmy's or Let us bring the party to you! Choose from a variety of packages or we can customize one for you.
  • Private Party Facilities: Put Some South in Yo' Mouth and Book Your Party at Brother Jimmy's or let us Bring the party to you! Choose from a variety of packages or we can customize one for you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 31st Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Brother Jimmy's BBQ
Put some South in yo' Mouth! at Brother Jimmy's BBQ located on 8th Avenue and 31st Street. We accept reservations for parties up to 12 guests. Please call us if you need a larger party booking. Reservations require a $10 food per person minimum.

We serve down home cooking with southern hospitality. We also serve as the home away from home for all ACC alumni.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
Brother Jimmy's BBQ reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (17)great for lunch (14)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (9)neighborhood gem (9)kid-friendly (7)fit for foodies (5)special occasion (5)late-night find (4)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Yummy!!!!
    pg113
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Saturday's dinner was fabulous. Loved the southern ribs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the best barbecue in NYC!
    1foodiefrompa
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Rib tips were tough. Blackened catfish sandwich had a horrible foul taste. Greens were light colored and tasteless Cornbread was good Pulled pork & chicken were good Mac n Cheese was just ok. Service was slow and waitress never brought our change which turned into her tip (she didn't get a cent more)..
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hostess not so accomodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I made reservations on line but when I got to the restaurant 5 minutes earlier I was told I could not have my table until my whole party was there. The other 2 couples were on the way buti was told that over and over that i would have to wait for my tabel it was policy. I never saw that policy when I booked or I would have made sure we were all arriving at the same time After complaining a bit I was told to wait at the bar and she would talk to the manager about having us get our table. When we finally got to our table upstairs (1 couple short they were on their way but stuck in Brooklyn) the room upstairs was pretty available with lots of empty tables? Not sure why we wee put off for 45 minutes?
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good BBQ
    BrianMVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Enjoyed the restaurant. Solid bbq, meat had great flavor. I'd prefer a stronger vinegar based option sauce, theirs is thin. Also sat upstairs on a hot day and the AC was way too weak. Sweated through dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    NBAFanatic
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Came to Jimmy's with a bunch of friends prior to the US vs Puerto Rico game @ MSG. Amazing food and service. Will come again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find near MSG!!!
    TneckMOMVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This was a wonderful discovery near Madison Square Garden -- perfect before a concert! The burgers were outstanding, the hushpuppies and fried green tomatoes appetisers were delish, drinks were great. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, convenient to MSG
    Bklyngal
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Really great food here, it's become our go to place whenever we go to MSG. Looking forward to next time!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was amazing
    DivineDine
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food here is amazing. I would definitely recommend to anyone who loves flavorful food and good drinks. The price is also reasonable. Please try the Mac and Cheese.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LoveNYC
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I have been to this restaurant several times before and was a big fan of it. After my experience on Saturday, I am no longer a fan. We waited quite a long time for someone to take our drink order. They ran out of ribs so we had to order something else. One of my guests asked for a condiment from 2 people and no one ever brought it to the table. The next time I am in NYC, I will be sure no to choose Brother Jimmys for dinner again.
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  • Dependable BBQ
    MikeTsVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Always consistent, good BBQ. Big crowd for Rangers games.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I am a fat kid at heart and when I have days when I am craving BBQ this is definitely a spot I would love to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 124 reviews are from the Brother Jimmy's BBQ reviews archive.
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    CMEFDNY
    Dined on 5/22/2014
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    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Next door to Penn Sta
    JacksgrammyVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Decent BBQ in NYC! Convenient to Penn Station and actually decent bbq. The brisket sandwich was really good and the baby back ribs hit the right balance of tender and toothy. The sides were great. We saw a lot of plates of fried chicken go by and everyone seemed happy to eat them. If this location works for you, do not pass this up for lunch or a casual dinner. The service was very good and the menu has something for everyone.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good time!
    SD1234
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food is amazing! Very relaxed atmosphere. I typically end up being there once a year and I have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food - Awesome Drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great food!!! Awesome BBQ Sauce. It was a little spicy. The drinks were awesome and the price was reasonable. Better than I expected.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lets Go Rangers
    CMEFDNY
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    good place to go b4 Rangers Games ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Spot
    MainEaterVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Was a little disappointed ran out of alot of the basics. But with another attempt maybe will be better.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing!
    HungryNYC
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I have been to Brother Jimmy's locations, including this one near Penn Station, several times in the past few years. The experience has always been enjoyable up until this time. Everything seemed to be a problem: patrons around us waited for service, drinks and food; myself and a friend waited about 20-25minutes just to get our appetizer. That was after the drink I tried to order (that is pictured on the restaurants website) was "no longer available." Despite asking the server to give time between the appetizer and entrees, the entrees came during the appetizer. My entree was not what i ordered and when i inquired, I was told they didnt have that item anymore, yet i wasnt told this at the time i ordered it. Shame on you Brother Jimmy's.
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  • Great call on my part
    MatteTaupe
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This is the 3rd Brother Jimmy;s location I've dined at. They all serve very good food. This is a great location for pre-event dining it you are headed to MSG. The second floor dining room is just enough city view to be interesting. The group I dined with thanked me all night for making the choice and using OpenTable to score the reservation.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed
    Chris
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Went Wedesday night before Rangers game. Seated at 6:40 for 8pm game so had plenty of time. Ordered drinks and apps to start. Drinks came reasonably quick and we then ordered main courses. After around 30 minutes we still had no food. Waitress came over and apologized for the delay saying the kitchen was backed up. She said they would knock 50% off the food bill. We got our entrees a few minutes later but apps never came. We cancelled apps, finished our meal and went to the game. Food was good as always, management did the right thing so I will be back. Anyone can have a bad day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • game night res. not honored
    madmaxVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I made an Open Table reservation on a Knicks "game night." It was confirmed by Open Table. When I got there they said they don't honor them. "Open Table gave you the reservation but we don't honor those on the day of a game. Sorry." We had to put our name on the list and wait. If you want to make a reservation on the day of a Rangers or Knicks game, make it elsewhere if you want to be assured a table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't Bother
    knickfan
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Recently we had a reservation for dinner before a basketball game. When we arrived at the restaurant we were told that they would not be able to seat us for at least 5-10 minutes. A minute later the hostess (who was doing her best) was told by her manager that we would not be seated for at least 20 minutes. According to the manager the reservation only gave us the right to wait for a table, it did not mean we should expect to be seated at the time of our reservation. Needless to say we left and went down the street to a pleasant Sports Bar (Cafe 31)- where the service was much more accommodating and pleasant. We won't be going back to Brother Jimmy's any time soon.
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  • A grea change of pace
    TheSteakFiend
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Great smoked brisket - the mac and cheese is some of the best in the city - good prices - dinner for 2 with beers $50. Great location across from the garden. Will be going back very soon!! - Suggest making a reservation to avoid wait
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Place
    SMLSML
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Nothing special but a decent neighborhood place to meet friends on the way home from work. Food is okay but nothing special. Fast service. Decent prices. Very noisy downstairs in the bar, more congenial noise level upstairs in the back. I'd go back again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK
    FLtravler
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We were recommended by a friend. Both had brisket, it was extremely fatty and the sides were just OK. With so many other options, just skip it. Great service though!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to go before a Knicks g
    isired
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Great place to go with kids before a Knicks game. Got seated quickly, attentive service, and they knew your heading to the gave do make sure you're wrapped up in time, if you want to be.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a great spot if you want
    WalisVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    It's a great spot if you want to grab a bite before a show or game at MSG.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Time For a BBQ
    Christopher
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This was my first at Brother Jimmy's BBQ and I did enjoy it! I went with my friend and the service was fantastic, We ordered Buffalo wings for appetizers and they were absolutely amazing. Our actual dinner meals weren't that great though, I had the Dry Rub Ribs and while they were good, they lacked flavor; My friend said the same about her Country Fried Steak - Overall, the food was good but it wasn't as great as I expected. I would go back to try other things.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a good time
    kmot
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    brother jimmys is simple food at a reasonable price. always fun to come here after work or before a game.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish
    KellyD
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    I went here before heading to the Garden for a game -- it's a little touristy but good for bar food and snacks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Great service
    Stitcher22
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We were dining with friends from Chicago who were in town for Toy Fair. Our server was great. Food was great as well, however when it came to dessert, this location was out of everything. I understand that it was a Sunday night and perhaps it was a busy weekend, but I think whoever does the buying, should revisit their ordering process.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Que... Ambience Not So Much
    Cee74L
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    My first impression upon walking into the place, was the food must be good, since I did n't see an unhappy face in the restaurant and they obviously did n't spend alot of money on the ambience. I and my buddy sat at a very tight table for 2. To visualization... I'm about 5'10" roughly 220, not exactly a smaill guy and when my buddy and I, pulled up to the table our knees touched. I personally feel 2 people need more space to eat, especially Bar B Que. Between the elbow room for eating ribs and the plates alone. After 2 entree plates, 4 sides, 2 glasses of Sweet Tea and 2 glasses of water, there was literally no room for anything else. TIP: Do not sit near the bussing station on the 2nd fl, it could be quite noisy. But the Que is Phenominal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night at Jimmy's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The hostess was welcoming and warm upon arrival. Our waitress was a bit lacking in service, but the food was good. My date loved the Brother Jimmy's burger and the sweet potato fries. My dry rub ribs were delicious, but they had very little of the heat I was expecting. The drink selection was larger than many other comparable places and I enjoyed a cold brew with my meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We missed our reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We missed our reservation and the table was given away but they found a table for us very quickly and it was very much appreciated
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location
    wifesabrucefanVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    The restaurant is across the street from Madison Square Garden and Penn station. Food is above average for BBQ fare. Music is loud and the place gets packed before a Garden event. Make a reservation in advance if you don't want to wait for a table. Prices are moderate for the area
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Southern BBQ on 31st & 8th
    L0vr2eatNYVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Best southern food in Manhattan. The bar scene mixed with their restuarant creates a great scene. The good quality is unbelievable. I will Defintely be going back to try more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual food
    1forribs
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    The food was ok not great but it's all right for a very casual dinner. Best thing it's across the street from MSG!
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Right by Madison Square Garden
    SonnyVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    This restaurant reminds me of the South. The wings were excellent along witht the fried pickles. Being from the south, when I stepped into the restaurant I thought I had already returned home from my trip. Great wait staff. A small place but they utilze the space well. Worth the trip - especially if you like Carolina pulled pork and asweome ribs!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MEAL BEFORE A GAME AT MSG
    METGUARDVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    THE BBQ RIBS NORTHERN STYLE WAS GOOD. THE MAC CHEESE LACK THE CHEESY TASTE BUT WAS OK. THE WAIT STAFF ARE VERY NICE.T
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On a day when it was extremely
    Steve
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    On a day when it was extremely busy we were seated and served promptly. The food was excellent in terms of quantity and quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate