258 W. 109th St.,
Phone: (212) 222-4800
Did you know New York boasts a world champion BBQ Pitmaster of its own? Pitmaster John Wheeler and his partner and co-chef, Charles Gabriel, have brought their own brand of BBQ to the Upper West Side. At Rack & Soul, they specialize in ribs and chicken, neither of which disappoint. Each plate of barbecue is artfully smoked for hours over apple wood and charcoal. Plates piled high with BBQ chicken wings, half-chicken, beef short ribs, pulled pork, baby back ribs, and oxtails dominate the tables, along with a host of sides. But it’s not all about the barbecue at this Upper West Side BBQ joint, there’s also fried catfish, fried chicken and oyster po-boys.