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Sep 22, 2010 07:36 PM

Great BBQ Returns to Long Island

BBQ is a bizarre roller coaster on Long Island. The only consistent bright spot over the course of the past five years or so has been Swingbelly's.

For a while, we had a contender to rival Swingbelly's with Willie B's in Bay Shore. When Willie closed the restaurant, it seemed as though Long Island went through a weird stage where a bunch of new places opened and took their shot, but none were anywhere near as good. Some were decent, some were average and a bunch were horrible.

We've lost Fatty Beltbuckles (two of them), Seconds, Big Apple BBQ, that place out off of Sound Ave on the north fork, that place on Hempstead Turnpike and a bunch of others.

Thankfully, we have something new to look forward to. Willie B is back and is smoking up some ribs, chicken, pork, pastrami and corned beef at Lilly Flanagans in Islip. He's there 11 to 5 from Tuesday to Sunday. There are daily specials and a football special on Sunday.

I'm going to try to get down there to try some food over the next few days and I'm going to probably be there with some friends for the Jets game on Oct. 3rd. I'll post again and let everyone know how the food is.

If the the food rivals what he put out at Willie B's, we will be in good hands.


Willie B's
413 Eagle Ave, West Hempstead, NY 11552

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  1. that's great news..please give us an update!

    After Willie B's closed, I relagated myself to driving to Long Beach occasionally for BBQ or to go to RUB before Rangers games!!

    It's funny that Big Apple BBQ closed and got lukewarm reviews, especially since everyone loved it was it was a truck. I also happened to like Fatty BB's and the Rocky Point location was 3 minutes from my house.
    I gather Lilly F's installed a smoker? Once again, thanks for the info and please give us an update!!
    thanks for the

    Willie B's
    413 Eagle Ave, West Hempstead, NY 11552

    5 Replies
    1. re: imhungryletseat

      So, I stopped by this afternoon during the Giants game and got some food to take home for the Jets game.

      I didn't feel like going with the standards (ribs, pork or chicken), so I brought home some of the corned beef and pastrami. The flavor of both was spot on. The pastrami was a little saltier and had more 'kick', the corned beef was milder but still flavorful. Both had a great outer crust and the tell tale reddish color.

      I wonder how it would have been if I had it there instead of driving home and having it later. I'm sure that it would have been different straight out of the smoker.

      (heh, the rib picture came out upside down)

      I spoke with Willie and got some photos of ribs on the smoker and a 1/4 chicken. I'll probably get a sampler platter next time and try both. I'll post again after I try more.


      1. re: motoeric

        Eric, do you know of any menu info? I've looked at what I presume is the web site,
        and didn't even see a mention of BBQ.

        1. re: Scott_R

          I don't have much info, sorry. I do know that they have ribs (I believe baby backs), pork, chicken, (brined and smoked by the pitmaster) pastrami and corned beef. I believe that they will eventually have brisket. They also do burgers and dogs for the football games.

          If you stop by on a Sunday, Will has the smoker and grill there going all afternoon.

          Joan Reminick from Newsday had some nice things to say in today's review:


          1. re: motoeric

            I'm sure Scott_R is well aware of what Joan_R writes in Newsday....

    2. I'm heading back to Lilly Flanagan's tomorrow for a late lunch. I'm looking forward to some great BBQ. I'll let post and let everyone know how it was.