New York City is the home of thousands of restaurants with hundreds of themes and cuisines. As the Village Voice reported “it’s no secret that this city is in the throes of another barbecue renaissance, with many new locations opening throughout the five boroughs and New Jersey.
Last year, the Village Voice listed its ten best barbecue restaurants in New York City which included:
10. Butcher Bar, 37-08 30th Avenue, Queens
9. Hill Country Barbecue Market, 30 West 26th Street
8. The Strand Smokehouse, 25-27 Broadway, Queens
7. Fatty ‘Cue, 50 Carmine Street; & 91 South 6th Street, Brooklyn
6. Blue Smoke, 116 East 27th Street
5. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 700 West 125th Street, 604 Union Street, Brooklyn
4. Brisket Town & Smokeline, 359 Bedford Avenue, Avenue, Highline near West 16th Street & 10th Avenue
3. Fette Sau, 354 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
2. Alchemy, Texas, 71-04 35th Avenue, Queens
1. Mighty Quinn’s, 103 2nd Avenue
The number one rated BBQ; the Mighty Quinn has recently signed a long term lease at 75 Greenwich Street in the West Village and is expected to open this summer.
The new location is planned to replicate the look of its flagship location in the East Village, in a location which was previously occupied by Bone Lick BBQ. The restaurant plans to open a location at Brookfield Place in the World Financial Center this spring, and in Clifton, New Jersey in March. The restaurant currently has a presence at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn and will open a stall inside Berg’n, Brooklyn Flea’ beer garden and food hall in Crown Heights.
Brooklyn is hip and chic and this year welcomed the outpost of Hill Country Chicken and Hill Country Barbecue Market at 345 Adams Street in Downtown Brooklyn.
New York State BBQ is opening around the nation with the announcement that Syracuse based Dinosaur Bar-B-Que; ranking in fifth slot by the Village Voice is expanding to the Windy City of Chicago in 2014. The company which started in Syracuse in 1988 has opened seven other locations: Rochester, Troy, NY, Harlem, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Stamford, Connecticut and Newark, N.J. The company recently opened its Buffalo location and has been on expansion since the 2008, when Soros Strategic Partners LP, a private investment company, acquired 70 percent of the business. The original founder and CEO John Stage who started the company with biker events continue to run the operation.
Don’t forget that Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8 is the date of the 12th annual “Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. The event is held at Madison Square Park between 23rd and 26th Street. The BIG APPLE BARBECUE BLOCK PARTY is one of the country’s premiere festivals, attracting people from near and far to celebrate America’s authentic culinary and musical traditions in Madison Square Park each June. Event admission is free for this weekend long event that boasts award-winning barbecue and Southern-inspired fare from the country’s top pitmasters, and features live performances from emerging and established musical artists.
Thousands of people attend this event and the best way to participate is to purchase as FASTPASS. FastPasses may now be purchased for the 12th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party below for either Saturday, June 7th or Sunday, June 8th.
A FastPass allows the holder and one guest exclusive access to express lines for barbecue. FastPasses are day specific, and may be purchased for either Saturday or Sunday of the event, which means shorter lines and less wait time between you and your favorite rack of ribs. FastPasses are $125 each, and include a $100 value redeemable for food and beverage on the chosen day only.
Limited quantities are available for purchase in advance of the event, while supplies last.