Where to eat the best barbecue in NYC
When it comes to barbecue, New York City’s chefs are borrowing from the South while incorporating original smoking methods and ingredients. Rounding out the culinary experience, these spots serve up tasty sides such as mac n’ cheese, hush puppies, and coleslaw. When the next carnivorous craving hits, head to any of these places for the best barbecue in NYC.
Mighty Quinn’s, 103 2nd Ave
After breaking into NYC’s foodie scene at Smorgasburg, Mighty Quinn’s established a permanent home in the East Village. What sets this BBQ apart from the rest is its distinct smoky flavor, which pit master Hugh Magnum’s achieved with his no frills approach that uses all the right spices and then smokes the meat with wood for a very long time. It receives major points for a fast casual style service – after placing your order at the counter, the cutter carves the meat right in front of you. The sides deserve mention with the burnt ends baked beans and sweet corn fritters earning highest marks. Mighty Quinn’s has additional Manhattan locations in the West Village, Upper East Side, Midtown West, and Battery Park City.
Fette Sau, 354 Metropolitan Ave
Translating to “fat pig” in German, Fette Sau has been making the bellies of carnivorous patrons happy since 2007. The Williamsburg hotspot is housed in a garage with outdoor picnic seating. Come hungry because meat is ordered by the pound and served on butcher paper. Not to be pigeon holed, Founder/Chef Joe Carroll perfected his recipe by incorporating various ingredients and barbecue techniques he learned over time. Wash down mouthwatering dishes like the Berkshire pork belly and Duroc smoked ribs with a cold one from Fette Sau’s exceptional selection of local craft beers.
Hometown Bar-B-Que, 454 Van Brunt St
After learning how to barbecue in his backyard, Bill Durney apprenticed under famed Texan Wayne Mueller, eventually opening Hometown Bar-B-Que in 2013. Meat lovers travel from far and wide to this Red Hook eatery to get an authentic barbecue experience that rivals anything you’ll find in Austin. In addition to pit-fired offerings, you’ll find dishes with Caribbean and Asian influence like Vietnamese hot wings and Korean sticky ribs. Go all out and round out your meal with the Texas-style queso mac + cheese or collard greens with smoked pork shoulder.
Blue Smoke, 116 East 27th St
It all began here. Opened by Danny Meyer nearly fifteen years ago, Blue Smoke was one of the first barbecue joints in New York City. The menu draws heavily from the culinary traditions of the South. In 2014, Executive Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois took over the kitchen, introducing flavors from his native Louisiana. Highlights include baby back ribs, chopped pork shoulder, and five-pepper beef brisket, which pair wonderfully with the seasoned French fries and creamy coleslaw. In downtown Manhattan? Check out Blue Smoke’s Battery Park City location.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 700 W 125th St
Originally operating out of Syracuse during the 1980s, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que hits all the marks when it comes to a barbecue joint – delicious meat, lively music, and a spirited atmosphere (thanks in part to the twenty-five beers on tap and faux roadhouse décor). Start your meal with the chicken wings (sauce options include honey BBQ, garlic chipotle, and incredibly hot Devil’s Duel), and then move on to the pork ribs with a side of the roasted whipped potatoes with spicy nut topping.
Fette Sau photo by Sarah L. Via Yelp. Dinosaur photo by the restaurant.
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