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Eastern North Carolina style barbeque in NYC???

Home sick boy from Wilson in quest of vinegar based eastern carolina que, not expensive or touristy, just damn good and authentic, can I find it in Manhattan or Brooklyn.

I did a search and read extensive comments on Virgils, Daisy Maes, RUB, Blue Smoke, Fette Sau, etc, but didn't see the spot for NC Q.


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  1. I feel you (East Carolina Grad here). Have you tried Dinosaur BBQ? It's not vinegar based but is still really good.

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    1. re: kam0424

      +1 for Dinosaur. It's saucy BBQ but excellent nonetheless. That may not be a substitute for what you're craving, though...

      1. re: jakew8

        SOO fabulous. I love Dinosaurs. It makes me feel like I'm somewhere far away, not in Manhattan.

        And. They have a BLT with fried green tomatoes that makes me salvate right now.

      2. re: kam0424

        Dinosaur BBQ is loaded with sugar. Very different from NC BBQ.

      3. If you find a good spot, let us know!

        I hold out for the annual Big Apple Barbecue and end up eating three or four pulled pork or whole hog sandwiches.

        1. Doesn't Brother Jimmy's have NC-style BBQ? I know it is owned by two guys from NC.

          Personally, I think BBQ is just one of the things that NYC doesn't do that well. And, to ask for a specific type of bbq ... well, you're likely to be pretty disappointed.

          1. Pies and Thighs, Brooklyn. Butts and vinegar, closest thing to Wilber's you're gonna get here. Beautiful little dumpy place.

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            1. re: sam_the_man

              Exactly my answer. Their product can be variable, but it's the only place I've found my pork thoroughly dosed with vinegar-y sauce, a la N.C. Everywhere else seems to have some variation of the red sauce version. I believe the people who own the place are indeed from North Carolina (although I don't know about that now that Steve Tanner has left). It's a well-hidden place in Williamsburg just north of the bridge down a difficult to access one way street (S. 5th St.) behind an unmarked screen door.

              1. re: Woodside Al

                Tanner is from Atlanta actually. That's what I was told by someone that knows him anyway. I agree tho, the bbq is quite close, only thing is they put slaw on it...my GA husband says this is not authentic. But I think this is the best you are going to get, I think it's excellent. Really cool little joint.

                1. re: prunefeet

                  Putting slaw on a BBQ sandwich is VERY authentic in NC (and the rest of the South).

            2. I'm from the Wilminton, NC area and have been looking for good BBQ as well. Brother Jimmy's is owned by a New Yorker that went to Duke (otherwise known as the University of New Jersey at North Carolina). They haven't quite gotten the whole NC BBQ thing down just right. However, they have done the best job in the city of getting as close to NC BBQ as you will find. If you order from there, you have a choice of NC and SC (mustard-based) BBQ. If you order the NC bbq, make sure they don't put the thick, sugary BBQ sauce on it. They will do it, if you don't ask them not to. Stay away from Virgil's - it's a disgrace and a sham that they have called there version NC style BBQ. The state of NC should sue them. I visited the races in Saratoga, NY last year - there were bbq stands actually called Carolina BBQ. Again disappointed - it wasn't even close. You're not going to find the real deal anywhere in NY. Borther Jimmy's is probably the closest. If you google 'buy NC bbq online' you will come accross some websites where you can purchase some online (mostly Lexinton/Hickory, NC style) and they will send it to you. I've never tried this before, so I cannot attest to the quality. My brother has tried out Daisy Maes and said it was okay, but again - not the same. Good luck.

              1. Oh, you'd have a better chance of finding authentic rabbit stew from Malta in Manhattan than you would of finding authentic regional US food. There are two places which did have versions of chopped BBQ... but I fear they may have closed.

                In Harlem, Singleton's


                In East New York, Carolina Country Kitchen


                1. Wilson NC guy here too....
                  I know this is an old thread but I found the BEST eastern NC style BBQ today in the garment district and I have to tell everyone lol...the actual restaurant is at 711 2nd ave x 38th and 39th it's called mayhem and stout...but they have a booth up at 39th and 7th..
                  Get the pulled pork sandwich..there's two types one is the dragon and I don't remember the other..just ask for the one with the vinegar...AMAZING!!!

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                  1. re: Haynes200000

                    Thanks for the update. I'll certainly try it. Also, Mighty Quinn's has good pulled pork.

                    1. re: ZaZa

                      i've enjoyed Mighty Quinn a couple times, but generally i find everything there (pork, all the sides, pickles, etc) to be way too sweet...

                        1. re: Pan

                          i've only had the pork choices and chicken -- i don't care for brisket in general

                          1. re: Simon

                            Does your dislike of brisket extend to beef ribs?

                            I'd say the brontosaurus rib is the best thing on the menu.

                            1. re: Simon

                              That's a pity because the brisket is the best thing I've had at Mighty Quinn's (I haven't had the brontosaurus ribs yet, though). I also like the chicken wings, even though I can certainly understand someone finding it too sweet for their taste, and I think the pickles are excellent.

                          2. re: Simon

                            I'm going to agree with you here- I grew up in Wilmington NC and Quinn's tastes way too sweet to me (more like TN bbq.) Maybe it's just a personal preference, though.

                            1. re: Simon

                              Given how much harder it is to smoke great brisket compared to nc style pork shoulder, I always order brisket at hill country and quinns. I personally think wilson's style of bbq is something of an acquired taste but I'm a little surprised no one has opened up a joint on lex and called it lex #2.

                            2. re: ZaZa

                              I like the Brontosaurus ribs at Mighty Quinns.
                              Belmont Racetrack has Carolina BBQ ( thats the name) outside in the back.
                              The pulled pork is good.

                            3. re: Haynes200000

                              looking at mayhem and stouts website, it looks like the meat is braised not smoked so I don't think what you're eating is bbq. to be fair, I haven't tried it.

                              1. re: vinouspleasure

                                Just had MAYHEM & STOUT's Braised Pulled Pork & Spicy Asian Slaw Sandwich (The Dragon) at the Grub Street Food Festival (Hester Street). I really didn't enjoy it. A small portion of Pulled Pork (which mostly went to my dog) on a hard roll, which got thrown out after three bites. If there was spice in the slaw, I certainly missed it.

                                I much prefer MIGHTY QUINN'S Pulled Pork or Burnt Ends on a bun with their slaw, finely sliced red onion, hot pepper & sliced pickle placed directly in the sandwich.

                                I also prefer DELANEY'S Brisket Sandwich, along with their delicious coleslaw & potato salad.

                                Both Delaney & MQ's provide a similar bun, more preferable to Mayhem & Stout.

                                1. re: vinouspleasure

                                  When you place your order for the Pulled Pork at MIGHTY QUINN, tell them: "No additional sauce." That's what makes it sweet.

                                  I don't like additional sauce on my pulled pork sandwich either.

                                  You don't have to have the sides.

                                  1. re: vinouspleasure

                                    "Mighty Quinnʼs Barbeque borrows from two great barbecue traditions: Texas and the Carolinas. It brings together the best of both and creates something uniquely its own." (From their website).

                                    I've had all meats offered at MQ, numerous times. There are no eliminations on my behalf.

                                    The Bronto is huge (for more than one person). It's good to order your brisket "moist". I've never been a brisket fan, but I enjoy moist brisket at MQ and Hill Country. DELANEY'S Pulled Brisket Sandwich is also good, with its unique seasoning that includes black pepper.