Born-and-raised Rockaway resident, Chris Miles, is no newbie when it comes to running crowd-pleasing restaurants. From Rockaway Seafood to the popular uptown contemporary Mexican restaurant, Pico, Miles and his partner, Billy Keating, certainly know how to dish out what their customers want—good food and libations. Their new spot is no exception. Batesy’s Bar and BBQ is already becoming a bustling new business.
While service is excellent at the new spot, Batesy’s certainly got some cold service from a contractor and National Grid, causing significant delays on its opening. However, despite the uphill challenges, that didn’t stop the food-loving duo of Miles and Keating, with master chef, Joel Oberlander, from finally opening their new barbecue joint, last Monday, September 2 at Arverne By The Sea. And judging from the crowds, Batesy’s is definitely the new sizzling barbecue bait in town!
After a tasting, The Rockaway Times was immediately hooked. The jumbo chicken wings, served in either honey bourbon or spicy cayenne pepper are heavenly. The chicken literally slides off the bone. The mac and cheese, corn bread and sautéed greens will have you smacking your lips for days. If the sides weren’t enough, Batesy’s serves up a little more for the non-meat eaters, including salads and shrimp skewers. And for those craving real BBQ delicacies, the brisket and ribs are top notch. However, for Miles and his crew, we agree—the pulled pork sandwich, served on a bun with caramelized red onion jam and a side of creamy slaw, is king. Batesy’s menu boasts quite a lot, and of course, the drinks are flowing and will keep you thirsting for more. There’s a variety of beers on tap, wine and the cocktails, Pico is known for, but think more bourbon than tequila at Batesy’s. If you are a seasoned lover of a delicately mastered cocktail, a must-have is the Southerner. This drink consists of George Dickel no. 8 whisky paired with lemongrass sweet tea and mint.
As for the ambiance, the interior is both modern, yet rustic, and even includes seating made out of reclaimed wood from the floors of the old Domino sugar factory. But remember, summer isn’t over. Out front, the restaurant has seating for 25 to 30 people, nicely shaded with umbrellas. Also, there are bike racks outside, where folks can cruise from downtown or uptown and conveniently park their bike outside. Inside, the lighting is perfect, not too bright, creating the perfect setting for an intimately fun lunch or dinner gathering.
For Miles, just finally opening is a blessing. “After a long road, so far so good. We’re an honest business. We love it. And with Chef Joel Oberlander on board, it’s a beautiful thing. Our meats are slow cooked for 12 to 14 hours, so when our customers come in, the service is super quick. Batesy’s is a relaxed and fun environment, so the battles we faced are totally worth it. Plus being across the street from our friends, Cuisine By Claudette, makes it feels even more like we’re in community. I have lived in Rockaway all my life and look forward to serving both old and new customers who know the great service, food and drinks we dish out at Pico,” Miles said.
As reported in The RT, amongst the challenges Miles and Keating faced was an issue that arose with a contractor’s poor installment of the kitchen’s hood. Then in June, they became a victim of National Grid’s moratorium against hooking up new gas installations until the latest Williams natural gas pipeline gets approval, claiming without it, they don’t have sufficient supply for new connections.
However, Miles and the team refused to give up. Instead of hoping for gas, they resorted to buying new equipment that runs on electric power instead of gas, spending thousands of dollars on new equipment. However, according to Miles, the extra expense is worth it.
“People love our food. I can boast about the reviews thus far, but I rather people come in and experience Batesy’s. Again, I am from and live in this community, and opening something new in Arverne is truly something special. Rockaway has exploded with food establishments, and we’re just happy to be a part of the foodie fabric,” Miles said.
Batesy’s is open Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. However, according to Miles, the barbecue joint will soon be open for both lunch and dinner seven days, noon to 10 p.m. Batesy’s is located at 68-20F Rockaway Beach Blvd. For more info, and updates about opening hours, visit them on Instagram at Batesysbbq.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS