New Maspeth restaurant puts its own spin on weekend brunch
by John Sanchez
Nov 28, 2014 | 114 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although brunching has emerged as a trendy weekend meal event and many food establishments are offering brunch specials, only few do it right. Slide Bar-B-Q, located at 52-75 65th PL. Maspeth, is one of them. With weekend brunch for only $11.95 per person - including an entrée, coffee and one brunch cocktail - Slide Bar-B-Q also offers an unlimited cocktail hour for an extra $9.95.   As I walked into the modern, mahogany-style eatery, my attention was first drawn to the clean, sleek feel of the restaurant; exactly how a stylish barbecue restaurant in NYC should be. While there were just a few tables occupied, the place was not over-crowded, a perfect situation for a relaxing brunch.   Upon my arrival, head chef Juan Lluberes came over to talk about Slide’s brunch menu. Lluberes, a native of Elmhurst, previously worked as a sous chef at Fatty Cue restaurant and as a kitchen manager at Oliver’s Kitchen in Astoria. His years of experience and noteworthy freestyle approach to cooking is what landed him the job at Slide. “Cooking is my passion,” Lluberes said. “Slide’s wide range of food allows me to add my own twist to every dish.”   As he was telling me about some of the featured menu items, Lluberes informed me that the “B.Y.O. Omelette” and the “Slide French Toast” are both excellent options. Since it was my first time there, however, I had to get “The Hangover Cure” and the “Slide Belgium Waffles.” “The Hangover Cure” features hickory smoked bacon, fried egg, mac & cheese, Angus beef and hand cut French fries layered high on Texas toast. “The Slide Belgium Waffles” features homemade Belgium style waffles topped with maple syrup and hickory smoked bacon. It came with Nutella, maple syrup and fresh fruit. Both dishes were excellent. “The Hangover Cure” was rich and filling. The flavor of the bacon and egg was amplified by the beef, mac & cheese and French fries; making it one hearty, flavorful sandwich. The waffles were perfectly cooked, and the syrup, Nutella and fruit on top made this dish a party in my mouth. Slide also served up their special Thanksgiving cocktail called the, “Cranberry Kir Royale.” The drink tasted great and they did not skimp on the alcohol.   After the long weekly grind, weekend brunch is a great way to forget the pressures of city-life and really enjoy a meal with family and friends. Robert and Anna Meller, owners of Slide Bar-B-Q, promise that their brunch menu will be the highlight of your weekend, and at only $11.95, you can’t go wrong. Call Slide Bar-B-Q for more info: 718.565.0565
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