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The 8 Best Barbecue Restaurants In New York City

May 25, 2012 12:00 PM

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Ribs from Blue Smoke. (Image from

Ribs from Blue Smoke. (Image from

The South is well-represented in New York City, at least in terms of food. You can tell in part by the city’s strong contempt is for sub-par barbecue. Below we list eight sure-fire joints for appeasing your inner barbecue beast. By Anna Van Lenten.
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Blue Smoke

116 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 447-7733

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Notable here is the rib sampler, which includes three versions—Kansas City, Memphis, and Texas beef, all moist and charry, cooked nice and slow. The mac and cheese is nirvana. A variety of spoon-licking sweet and spicy BBQ sauces on the tables allows you to dress your own meat.

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Brooklyn Ice House

318 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 222-1865

Here, the pulled pork sandwiches rule: juicy, and zesty, with an impressive scoop of smoky, ambrosial meat on a bun, and great BBQ sauce on the side. The chili cheese fries are sinful and irresistable. And if you’re hankering for a corn dog, look no further.

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Daisy May's BBQ USA

623 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
(212) 977-1500

The Kansas City Sweet and Sticky Ribs take first prize—not evident by their name is their smoky flavor. The saucy Carolina pulled pork and the pulled chicken are both satisfyingly scrumptious. And the delicious, hearty baked beans sport pieces of bacon.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

700 W. 125th St
New York, NY 10027

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Their famously zesty chicken wings are addictive. The ribs are savory, fall-off-the-bone succulent—made with a dry rub. A delight as well is the spicy shrimp boil. Just don’t skip the fried green tomatoes.

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Fette Sau

354 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-3404

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The highly recommended brisket is fork tender and suffused with smokiness—set off perfectly with a side of pickles. Also great is the pulled pork and smoked pork belly, which carries a whiff of bacon. Be sure to get a side of beans—ridiculously tasty; and the regular and spicy BBQ sauces are delish.

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Georgia’s Eastside BBQ

192 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002

Georgia’s applewood-smoked, pulled pork sandwich contains a world of flavor. The beans are boastfully good. The beef brisket sandwich is overflowing and super tasty, especially with tangy, spicy BBQ sauces on the side. N/B: Cole slaw is fresh and not creamy, for those who favor it not glopped in mayonnaise.

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Legends Bar & Grill

7104 35th Avenue
Queens, NY

The specialty here comes from the enormous smoker out back. Try the heavenly, dry rubbed babybacks and beef shortribs. Safe to say that the pulled pork, paired with a vinegar-hot pepper sauce is BBQ-transcendent. And the suicide chicken wings are, well, to die for—devilishly spicy but still packed with flavor.

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Pies n’ Thighs

166 South 4th Street
Brooklyn, NY 10002

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Fried chicken lovers, take note: These chicken and biscuits don’t mess around—chicken is moist and flavorful on the inside, with spicy sauce and lemon butter on a flaky, buttery biscuit. Paired with collard greens and spicy black eyed peas—dang. Note: Pies n’ Thighs is cash only.

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  • Brodsky Organization

    How did we have no idea about Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s location on W. 125th St.? We’ve only had their delicious pulled pork upstate! But we must admit that we definitely love Georgia’s on the East Side! We love the fried catfish sandwich!

  • Susan

    Hello !
    Virgils BBQ should have made the list

    • Big Nards

      I use to eat at Virgils until they would fill my glass with so much ice I could never enjoy my soft drink. I work for a hotel in midtown and never recommend Virgils.

  • Anne Timmons

    Dinosaur Bar B Que at their new location on 725 W. 125th St. is the best barbeque in NYC. The mouthwatering ribs fall off the bone and the fried green tomatoes with remoulde sauce is to die for. House specials with chicken, pulled pork, and brisket are always tender – the barbecue sauce tops off the smoked flavor. And the beer selection is the perfect partner to a great meal. People who travel know the Dinosaur and it’s always one of their stops along the way. Once you are hooked you just have to keep going back.

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