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Nov 6, 2001 02:31 PM

What's the best BBQ restaurant in NYC ?

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I've heard some said 'Virgil BBQ' some said 'Persons BBQ,' Any recommendatons ? Thank you.

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  1. The ONLY authentic BBQ in NYC is at Pearson's. It is Texas BBQ in and is in Queens. It is only 4 tables in the back of a sportsbar, but the bbq is very good.

    Virgil's is your best bet in Manhattan. It is big, busy, and has decent BBQ which is a mixture of different bbq styles. They have their off nights, but you should be alright.

    Do a search of the main chowhound page for more info.

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    1. re: Jayask

      When was the last time you were at Pearson's, because it hasn't been Pearson's for a couple of years...

      For what it's worth, NY Mag came out with their Best of issue and had RUB as the Best:

      And the NY Times has an article that visits a handful of places:

      My suggestion is take the Times article and decide for yourself. That way you to can make broad characterizations of what's the best, but at least you will be informed :-


      PS - If you ar going to Virgil's, have the Chicago Dog.

      1. re: RICKO

        gotta agree on the nyt's article. peter meehan's writeup was pretty good.

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      1. I remeber my first time in Virgil's I asked the waitress which kind of ribs she would recommend, to which she replied: "Oh I don't know, I don't eat animal flesh."

        1. I'm a fan of Daisy Mae's and I'm a Texan. it isn't authentic but it is decent and their combo deals are somewhat impressive. Antoher good one is Pies and Thighs in Brooklyn.

          1. I don't think Pearson's even exists anymore, at least it doesn't in Manhattan and Virgil's is horrible. Blue Smoke or RUB are the ways to go.

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            1. re: mobahat

              Correct...Pearson's RIP in both locations. The queens location is now called Ranger Texas bbq and according to recent reports has been supposedly improving steadily.