Well, I finally got to Pearson’s myself this month. I have to say, I wasn’t too impressed.
Knowing that Brisket is what they do best, that’s what I went for. It was acceptable but not nearly as good as what he was serving when he was in Long Island City. Not nearly enough smoke for my palette. Don’t know why that is — I saw Pearson there so the deficiencies can’t be blamed on the Chef.
I didn’t have service issues that Liuli had but I wouldn’t say the service was anything to shout about, either.
So, now that I’ve tried the three allegedly "serious" Q-joints in NYC, my vote for number one is Daisy May’s. Blue Smoke is a distant second, followed by the new Pearson’s.
Anyone see things differently?