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New York’s Best Barbecue

10247470_651745694905902_7323620751368471842_nAfter a long winter of braised and roasted meat, it’s easy to forget how incredible pork, beef and chicken tastes when prepared over a smoker or grill.  So now that it’s summer, we’re ready to fully celebrate New York’s wealth of awesome barbecue places, by rounding up some of the very best dishes at each — from the classic Texas Brisket at Hometown to the Carolina-style Outside Brown at Arrogant Swine and the wholly unique Duck Tacos at Fletcher’s.  We are stoked for BBQ season!

Fletcher’s

Fletcher’s
433 3rd Avenue
Brooklyn,New York 11215
(347) 763-2680

While Fletcher’s excels at all of the smoked meat staples —including Pulled Pork, Brisket, Ribs, and our favorite, Burnt Ends — pit master Matt Fisher is all about thinking outside of the barbecue box.  Which is why its always wise to take a chance at one of his ever-changing creations, such as Duck Tacos, Lamb Ribs, and Char Siu Pork Steak.

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Mighty Quinn’s

Mighty Quinn’s
103 2nd Avenue
East Village,New York 10003
(212) 677-3733

You won’t find Mighty Quinn’s hulking Brontosaurus Ribs at either their original, Smorgasburg location or mini outposts in Berg’n or Hudson Eats, which is why its worth it to make a pilgrimage to their brick-and-mortar store in the East Village.  The mammoth, fatty beef short ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender, with just the right amount of spicy, smoky rub.

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Daisy May’s

Daisy May’s
623 11th Avenue
Hell's Kitchen,New York 10036
(212) 977-1500

Now that New York has finally become a barbecue haven, the long-running Daisy May’s has all but receded into the background. But chef Adam Perry Lang still deserves credit for helping kick off a full-blown, East Coast barbecue revolution, as well as for his outrageous Whole Hog and Pork Butt feasts; served with sides, slaw and thick-cut Texas toast.

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Arrogant Swine

Arrogant Swine
173 Morgan Ave
Bushwick,New York 11206
(347) 328-5595

This Bushwick barbecue destination is devoted to the whole pig-picking traditions of the Carolinas, which means you’ll want to zero in on the regional favorite known as Outside Brown; the crispy, golden, outermost layer of pork meat, produced by direct, low and slow cooking cooking over aromatic wood.

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Morgan’s

Morgan’s
267 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn,New York 11217
(718) 622-2224

While we’re also big fans of their Frito Pie, what really sets Morgan’s apart from the pack is their skill with oft-underappreciated poultry; namely, slow-cooked Turkey sold by the quarter pound, and chewy, saucy, deep-fried Turkey Tails, served over collards with a side of cornbread.

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The Pig Guy

The Pig Guy

Manhattan,New York 10014
52 Gansevoort St

Any guesses as to what this caterer-turned-sit down BBQ spot serves?  Although if you don’t have the crowd to go in for a whole pig, you’ll be equally satisfied with one of the overstuffed sandwiches like the Pulled Pork; served on Texas toast with Thai chili barbecue sauce and housemade Red Hook slaw.

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Hometown

Hometown
454 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn,New York 11231
(347) 294-4644

It took a while for this waterside Red Hook spot to open after Hurricane Sandy, but we’re oh so glad they did — Hometown is widely credited with serving some of the very best barbecue in the city, including a gold standard Brisket, entombed in inky, salty bark, and the somewhat more unusual Lamb Ribs, unapologetically fatty, and kissed with crunchy turbinado sugar.

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Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke
116 East 27th Street
New York 10016
(212) 447-7733

Live jazz and a killer bourbon list… what more could you want from a BBQ joint?  Well, of course, everything hinges on smoked meats, but Danny Meyer’s got that covered and then some with pulled pork and surprisingly great smoked duck breast. Lest I forget their Mac & Cheese, which is a rite of passage here. 

Miss Korea BBQ

Miss Korea BBQ
10 W 32nd St
Koreatown,New York 10001
(212) 594-4963

The United States hasn’t entirely cornered the market on barbecue — so if you want a taste of what the Koreans can do, hightail it to one of the restaurants with grills set right into the table, scattered throughout K-Town.  Miss Korea BBQ is an especially worthy option, where you can quick-cook nuggets of USDA Prime Beef Clay Pot Galbi (first marinated for 48 hours in a special clay pot), Berkshire Pork Belly, Duck Breast, Seafood or even Tofu.

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