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Calvin's Royal Ribs

303 Halsey St., Brooklyn, NY 11216 40.683002 -73.940605
Nr. Throop Ave.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
(718) 453-9284 Send to Phone

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Thu-Sat, 11am–9pm; Sun-Wed, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

C at Kingston-Throop Aves.



Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Take-Out


  • No Alcohol


Not Accepted


Neighbors have been lining up at Calvin’s small storefront on Bed-Stuy’s brownstone-lined Halsey Street for 30 years. After getting inside, you’ll place your order through a wrought iron gate. Behind that lies a fiery Vulcan den kitchen, where ribs are smoked, chickens are roasted, and fish are deep-fried. Though you might be suspicious of an establishment with no seating that has you pay through bullet-proof plexiglass, one bite of the saucy, falling-off-the-bone-tender ribs will set you straight. As will the crispy skin of a frittered drumstick. When it comes to sides, of which you get two, the only problem is which to pick—the tender collard greens and a helping of sweet yams? Or will it be the finely chopped slaw and a scoop of peppery mac and cheese to round out your BBQ chicken? Even a soupy-looking eyesore of a potato salad surprises with a pleasing vinegary edge and bursts of chopped onion. A caveat: Don’t show up too late or you’re bound to wait on line just in time to learn the kitchen has run out of ribs and homemade banana pudding.

Recommended Dishes

Rib dinner, $14.75; fried chicken dinner, $10.75; collard greens, $3