Royal Rib House
303 Halsey St (Marcus Garvey Blvd & Throop Ave)
City: Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (718) 453-9284
Hours: Thu – Sat 11am – 11pm
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Area: Bedford Stuyvesant
The Royal Rib House puts the soul in soul food. This longtime favorite of Bedford Stuyvescant is well known for its North Carolina-style ribs. It's also one of the few place I will wait on line for up to an hour for takeout. On Saturdays, the line can easily extend outside the door. But, some things are worth waiting for. These ribs are one of them.
If you are looking ribs dusted with dry rub fresh out of a smoker, you might be disappointed. These ribs are drenched in the house BBQ sauce and taste more like a stew. But if you're willing to get your hands a little dirty you are in for a real treat. Two types of ribs are sold here; pork ribs and beef short ribs, along with chopped BBQ (aka pulled pork). You can get them in a mild or hot sauce. I've always gone with the mild that has a tangy taste and is infused with an abundance of bay leaves.
The chef is Carol Barnett, daughter of Calvin Grier, who created the sauce and whose name appears of jars of BBQ sauce sold at the takeout window.
Rotisserie chicken is also a hot seller here along with fried chicken and fish. Sides range from mac-n-cheese to candied yams, but don't leave without getting an order of the truly wonderful collard greens. Desserts vary day to day. We tried a slice of toasted coconut cake stacked four layers high. If you need something to satisfy your sweet tooth, this is it.
Service is very polite with most guests addressed as "mister" and "maam." Return customers are on a first name basis. There aren't too many places like that in New York, which makes the Royal Rib House very, very special.
Review By: Thomas Rafael