The former On the Waterfront at the New Rochelle Marina has been converted into RRQ, a contemporary barbecue restaurant featuring Southern-style ribs, brisket and chicken. The menu, devised by husband-and-wife team Frank and Rachel Gratale, has been drawing in Sound Shore residents since mid-May with aromas of meats slow cooking in the smoker.
You won’t recognize the former restaurant. The decor is a juxtaposition between backyard fun and fine dining — your drinks do come in Mason jars, but the black-and-white framed photos of classic movie stars give the space an upscale look. The back patio — the perfect summer spot to enjoy some homemade iced tea — has also been updated. But be warned: if you take a table outside, the smell from the hickory smoker will taunt you throughout your meal. But hey, that’s a good thing.
If you go…
RRQ, 2 Pelham Road, New Rochelle. 914-365-1556, doubleRQ.com.
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.