Sink your teeth in some down-home barbecue and wash it down with a tall, frosty glass of Southern hospitality with today's unpretentious and satisfying deal: $20 gets you $40 worth of burgers, brews, and barbecue at Duke's, the rowdy roadhouse Gayot describes as "a hoot." Bedecked in kitsch, Duke's serves up hearty favorites in the gentle glow of neon beer signs and flat screens. Free the top button of your trousers to make room for hearty helpings of Southern favorites, while on the screens above you, Paolo kicks a goal for Portugal and Glenn Howard pulls off a rare eight-ender in the Canadian curling finals.
Duke's menu sports every dish like a self-respecting honky-tonk should. Burgers are a favorite, such as the Big D with bacon, chili, and American cheese for $12.99, and the Southern Comfort with sautéed onions, barbecue sauce, and Monterey jack for $11.99, all served with fries and slaw. Plenty of sloppy, "fall-off-the-bone" ribs will keep the hardcore carnivores in your party sated and docile, so you can slip baby carrots into their mouths after they fall asleep. A half rack goes for $15.99, a full for $20.99, served with two sides. Try Ma's macaroni and three cheeses with a crispy top for $12.99, or Piggly Wigglys in a Blankie at $7.99 per dozen. There are plenty of big salads and sandwiches, such as Pop's crispy shrimp po’ boy for $11.99 and the Kansas City Special sliced brisket with slaw and Cajun mustard for $12.99.
This deal is valid at both Duke's locations in Gramercy Park and Murray Hill, in order to accommodate clones.
- …the decor...is kitschy, potent drinks are served in giant mason jars, and the wings and nachos are killer. Throw in a good ol’ boy soundtrack and a respectable collection of taps (try the Blue Point Hoptical Illusion) and you can understand why the crowds haven’t thinned in more than a decade. – Time Out
- We go here for lunch and the food is never disappointing. I always get the po boy sandwich and it's great every time. It's definitely a fun spot. – mreyes1023, Citysearch
- I just moved to the neighborhood and Duke's is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots to frequent...The servers have always been super friendly and if you love sports (which I do) they always look up whatever game I'm interested in watching. It kinda feels like you're at home but with better food. – Troy, MenuPages
Duking It Out With Earls
In royal hierarchy, Dukes outrank Earls, which makes Gene Chandler’s hit song “Duke of Earl” a confusing malapropism, most noticeably when Dukes use their seniority to force Earls to sing it to them. If you’re not sure whether you’re dealing with a Duke or an Earl, keep this list of subtle differences on-hand to puzzle it out on the fly:
- If he is inventing the sandwich while he is speaking to you: He is most likely an Earl. Do not distract him during this critical moment, simply be content to watch history unfold.
- If he is compiling a list of past wrong doings for the purposes of structuring a prime-time situation comedy: He are not an Earl, but his name may be Earl. Do not engage.
- If he directs you to a website via a Uniform Resource Locator: He is technically an URL, not an Earl. Buckle up and let him take you for a ride through cyberspace on The Information Superhighway that is the World Wide Web. Behold the wonders of a global information hub brimming with limitless recipes, anecdotal histories of famous scoundrels, and animated Tyras.
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