Opening Soon in the Flatiron: BBQue's Smoke Shack and Ootoya

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Lauren Shockey
Not to be confused with BBQ

Two new restaurant openings coming soon to the Flatiron: Signage (and a hiring sign) is up at BBQue's at 668 Sixth Avenue, promising a "smoke shack" and other barbecue specialties. And just a few blocks south, at 8 West 18th, will soon be home to Ootoya, a "world renowned" (at least according to the signage) Japanese casual chain restaurant that has more than 100 branches across Asia and that specializes in set menus with lots of veggies and other nutritious items.

According to an article a few months ago in Crain's, BBQue's is owned by Joseph Cutolo, who runs a catering company in Queens, and will serve dishes like pulled pork sandwiches to burgers stuffed with cheese. Cutolo also hopes that this will be the first of several BBQue's in Manhattan and on Long Island -- wonder what chain Dallas BBQ has to say about that.

And per JTally, this branch of Ootoya will serve dishes like yakitori chicken and handmade soba noodles, as well as alcoholic drinks, though it will most likely begin offering teishoku (the set meals) in 2012 and afterward. The branch is set to open in November, and like BBQue's, it's positioned to be the first of many to come. Guess you could call it a chain reaction.


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Lauren Shockey

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Tianyu Wei
Tianyu Wei

BBQue's Smoke shack is pretty terrible for its pricing... 7/10 for food, and 5/10 for price. single sandwich with no sides cost at least $7, add any side costs you $3.00...

Lou123
Lou123

I went to BBques thought the food was very good for a fast food joint. Got my meal quick then back to work, Peoples expectations to high for a fast food place. would def visit again

Frankbrown
Frankbrown

Avoid at all cost. The food is not edible, The worst meal I ever had, will not survive more that a month. Hard to believe they opened in Manhattan. They must think we don't know our food. The decor is okay , but the food was not recognizable. Please do not even think about this place

Jay

Mg310
Mg310

Dallas BBQ has nothing to worry about.  Took my daughter to BBQue's and it was a huge dissapointment.  Her ribs looked and tasted as though they were sitting around for a week.  My daughter says her ribs were stringy and chewy - hard to swallow.  She considers herself a rib afficianado and we've eaten BBQ all over this city. My grilled chicken sandwich was the same.  Old, driedout meat.  I selected BBQ sauce #8, which according to the server, was eighth-hottest on a scale of 1-12.  It was ketchup.  No heat whatsoever.  Overall, our $22 lunch was just awful.

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