Restaurant Review: Butcher Bar

Details: Located at 37-10 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103. Official site is

Score: 6.7/10

Butcher Bar is a barbecue place in Astoria. It used to be smaller, but the space has been expanded. My experience here was mixed to say the least.

The first thing I need to say is that my experience was not typical. We waited for a table for about an hour. There was little to no air conditioning inside and it was around ninety degrees outside the day I visited. Our food took over an hour to get to us. I think what happened is that they made orders in the order they were received and there had been a large influx of deliveries. They likely just made orders as they came rather than prioritize customers who were in the restaurant. The result was watching order after order go out for delivery while we sat in a hot room waiting for our food. And we weren’t the only ones. A lot of customers were getting shafted too.

Despite this, our waiter did his best to mitigate the situation. After repeated inquiries into where our food was and threatening to leave, he gave us all a free round of drinks. He also delivered an order of cornbread for us. Lastly, he finally delivered our food after we decided that if it wasn’t coming right now, we were going to leave. I know the waiter does not control the kitchen and I really appreciate him doing his best to try to keep us all calm.

As for food, I had the “Gimme the Beef,” which was a quarter pound of brisket, burnt ends, and a side with cornbread, cole slaw and pickles. It cost around twenty-three dollars. It was really good. I really liked the cornbread and the meat went well with copious barbecue sauce. Butcher Bar really prides itself on its burnt ends and they were good.

Overall, I don’t know if I would emphatically recommend this place. The food was really good. The service was not. Also, there’s not air conditioning which makes this place a really bad place to go in the summer. If you can come here on a cooler day or order delivery (which they have), that would likely be a better choice. Actually physically visiting this place is risky as shown by my experience here.

Score: 6.7/10

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