IN’s Picks for Best BBQ in Town

IN’s Picks for Best BBQ in Town

In the U.S., the South and Midwest are best known for their barbecue—generous slabs of meat (pork, beef, chicken, mutton, etc.) slow cooked to perfection with either dry rubs or flavorful sauces slathered on for added taste. There are regional specialties—Kansas City features different kinds of meats smoked with hickory, Memphis barbecue uses vinegar- or tomato-based sauces, some establishments in Kentucky use a dry rub and then serve the barbecued meat with sauce on the side, and other area-specific methods—that make barbecue such a varied cuisine.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que ribs (©Brent Herrig Photography)

I grew up in the Midwest and have yet to try barbecue from any NYC establishments, so I asked my Where® IN New York colleagues where they recommend I should go for quality eats. This is what they shared with me:

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Harlem: 700 W. 125th St., at 12th Avenue, 212.694.1777

Gowanus, Brooklyn: 604 Union St., btw Fourth & Third aves., 347.429.7030

“Definitely Dinosaur BBQ. I’ve been to the Brooklyn location and it’s awesome for families—very kid-friendly. The chicken wings with wango tango sauce are amazing and the St. Louis ribs are the way to go. The mac & cheese side even has a kick to it—YUM all around!” - Adeline Tafuri Jureka, Publisher, Where® IN New York; Vice President National Marketing, MVP


Blue Smoke

Flatiron District: 116 E. 27th St., btw Lexington & Park aves., 212.447.7733

“Hands down, get the pulled pork and barbecue baked beans. Both are so sweet and tangy and fill the belly with that great comfort food feeling!” - Lois Levine, Editor-in-Chief

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que mac & cheese (©Brent Herrig Photography)

 Mighty Quinn’s 

Select locations:

West Village: 75 Greenwich Ave., btw W. 11th & Bank sts., 646.524.7889

Upper East Side: 1492 Second Ave., btw E. 77th & E. 78th sts., 646.484.5691

Crown Heights, Brooklyn: 899 Bergen St., at Franklin Avenue, 718.857.2339

Clifton, NJ: 850 Route 3 West, 973.777.8340

“I particularly like their pulled pork sandwich… [because] it’s got great flavor and pretty large chunks of pork. They also have a side dish that I haven’t tried yet but sounds really good: Dirty Frites—fries with burnt ends (pieces of brisket, not that the fries are burnt).” - Lynn Rickert, Webmaster


Hill Country

Flatiron District: 30 W. 26th St., btw Broadway & Sixth Ave., 212.255.4544

“The lean, dry-rubbed meat is slow cooked on the premises over post oak and hand-carved to order. The meat is absolutely fresh and sold by weight… served over two slices of white (!) bread (or crackers, if you prefer) and then wrapped in brown paper. So good. My favorite sides are mac & cheese and the green bean casserole. Two crumbly cornbread biscuits are included. A decent-sized lunch, including a mason jar of unsweetened iced tea, tax and tip, runs about $23. Good value and the staff is super friendly too.” - Francis Lewis, Executive Editor

Pulled pork sandwiches from Mighty Quinn

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