The Neelys “heart” New York

Pat and Gina Neely – of Memphis barbecue and Food Network fame – will host a Memphis-style shindig at the grand opening of their new New York City restaurant next week. Neely’s Barbecue Parlor opens July 13 at 1125 First Avenue (1st and 62nd – upper East Side – by the Queensboro bridge) in a space that once housed Merchants NY – one of the city’s last cigar bars. The Neelys will host an invitation-only party on July 12 for Read the full article>>>

Neely’s Barbecue Coming to New York

Pat Neely, along with his brothers, opened his first barbecue restaurant in Memphis in 1988. Their chainlet in Tennessee has expanded since then, involving Pat’s wife, Gina. The couple became Food Network stars three years ago, so now they are poised to make a grand entrance in New York. This time, it’s just Pat and Gina, in partnership with Abraham Merchant and his well-established New York restaurant group. Neely’s Barbecue Parlor replaces a Merchants New York on the Upper East Read the full article>>>

Neely’s Barbecue Parlor Set to Open on
New York’s Upper East Side

As Jennifer Biggs reports in Wednesday’s Food section, Neely’s Barbecue Parlor — a new venture by Memphis barbecue celebrities and Food Network stars Gina and Pat Neely – opens for business next week on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The New York Times’ Diner’s Journal blog posted more details about the restaurant, which finds the Neelys partnered with restaurateur Abraham Merchant. Unlike a number of New York barbecue joints, which emphasize the woodpile, the Neely’s conveys more gracious dining. Wade Burch, who has worked Read the full article>>>

TC Native Chops Up Cooking Show

TEXAS CITY ­— It’s a long way from Po-Folks in Texas City to cooking award-winning dishes in New York. Texas City native Wade Burch made that journey, out chopping other chefs to win a Food Network contest. Burch, a 1984 Texas City High School graduate, won a $10,000 prize after he out-cooked three other chefs on a holiday-themed episode of Food Network’s “Chopped.” The contestants had to create an appetizer, entree and dessert using the same ingredients. One of the Read the full article>>>

Chopped Champ Wade Burch
Will Head Neely’s Pig Parlor

A press release announces that Wade Burch, chef at under-the-radar waterfront restaurant Steamer’s Landing and a newly crowned champion of Chopped, is moving on to become the executive chef of Neely’s Pig Parlor, the barbecue joint that Food Network personalities the Neelys will soon open in the former Merchants NY space at First Avenue and 62nd Street. Burch, a Texas native, beat out Patricio Sandoval (Mercadito), Kenneth Collins (Gospel Uptown), and Laura Simpson (a Pennsylvania chef) to take home Chopped’s $10,000 prize. Update: We’re told the restaurant will Read the full article>>>

The Next 8 Hot Spots

Fall is always a blockbuster time for restaurant openings in the city, and the next few months have some serious game changers in store. We’ve selected a few of the more notable openings, and we explain why they should be on your list of must-try eateries. For southern cooking, Neelys pig parlor 1125 First Ave, 212-832-1551 Have you seen the Neelys on the Food Network? More sugary than sweet tea, they cook up Southern specialties on their show, “Down Home With Read the full article>>>

Fall’s Hottest New Tables

A quick look at this fall’s biggest restaurant openings shows some trends. Italian is big, but so is American cuisine, especially anything comfort-food related and with a moderate menu price. The chefs and restaurateurs are all well-known names, most with already successful restaurants. In many cases, the operators are also familiar faces, using a star turn on television as a way to catapult reservations. In recent years, hotels have become home to big restaurants the same is true this year. Read the full article>>>