Barnstormer BBQ, Ft Montgomery, NY
Had lunch with Gail at Barnstormer today at their new location on Rt 9W in Ft Montgomery, NY. (about 5 miles south of USMA at West Point).
I had the pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw and corn bread. Gail had the Carolina pulled pork sandwich with FFs and cole slaw. They were both very good.
The pulled pork sandwich is a big pile of smokey pig slathered, a bit too much, in a spicy sweetish red sauce. The sauce, for a red sauce, is quite good, but, in my opinion, it overwhelms the pork - the next time we visit i'll ask for it on the side and add it to my own taste. The cole slaw was very lightly dressed with a nice vinegary dressing - I piled it onto my sandwich. The cornbread was two generous squares of dense , yet light, yellow cornbread - I could have used some butter on it. Our sweet tea was almost as good as the best you an get in the South.
Gail's Carolina pulled pork was also a high pile of pig gently sauced with a spicy vinegar sauce - somewhat of a compromise between eastern and western NC type sauces. Her sandwich also contained a nice coating of a different, and better, cole slaw piled on top which nicely complemented the pork. Her side dish of cole slaw was superfluous. Her FFs appeared to be hand cut and were nicely done - crispy outside and mealy inside.
We shared a generous slice of peanut butter/chocolate/ cake with pecans on top - decadently delicious; and took half of it home.
The new place is much airier, brighter and comfortable than the old one in Newburgh (not that Newburgh didn't have it's own grundgy charm) - no booths, but comfortable chairs at well spaced tables and service also available at a bar
Our waitress was efficient friendly and even voluble in answering our questions and talking about the restaurant and BBQ in general.
Barnstormer is worth a 50 mile detour for what is, in our opinion, probably the best BBQ in the Hudson Valley - Big W, in Wingdale, being right up there also.