(This venue is closed.) When the menu is limited to three mains and three sides, the odds are good that the pairings may be peculiar.
In the final years of this last surviving Sherman's — once a mini-chain of five Harlem locations — the name had been sheared in two, and orders were delivered through a spinning security pass-through. Ribs, chicken, and pig feet were the mains; spaghetti, potato salad, and cole slaw, the sides.
Sauce was an option that supposedly went with my ribs ($11.75), not my spaghetti, but it was too sugary for either. Since Sherman's offered takeout only, the pasta was limp by the time I took a seat at one of the many benches at the Colonel Charles Young Playground, one avenue to the east, at Lenox and 145th. (That's OK; I ordered spaghetti as a goof.) Ribs were good, and plentiful, though difficult to count; I'll reserve further judgment until I lay off the sauce.
Sherman's Bar B.Q.
2507 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. (145th-146th Sts.), Manhattan
Takeout only, dinnertime only