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Southern BBQ recomendations

One thing we really don't get in the UK is good Southern US style BBQ, so am quite keen to try some proper stuff on my forthcoming trip to New York. Any recommendations would be much appreciated.

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  1. I'm not sure what you mean by "southern" style--alabama, mississippi versus kansas city, memphis etc.? The best barbecue restaurants in New York are RUB BBQ, Rack & Soul, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Hill Country, and Blue Smoke. I'm not sure how long your trip is, but I would suggest focusing on the foods New York is know for and does best before you start looking to barbecue.

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    Hill Country
    30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

    RUB BBQ
    208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

    Rack & Soul
    258 West 109th St., New York, NY 10025

    Blue Smoke
    116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

    Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
    777 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

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    1. re: IrnScrabbleChf52

      I usually agree w/ it, but the OP is specifically looking for BBQ and is probably not traveling to the South. Good chance we do better BBQ here than in London, no? I don't eat a whole lot of BBQ, but Dinosaur BBQ has a good rep around here. For my money though, I would take that L train into Brooklyn and go to Fette Sau.

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      Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
      777 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

      1. re: uwsister

        This would be similar to going to London and expecting to experience haggis, or going to Milan and looking for Tuscan food, or going to Paris and looking for choucroute garnie. Just because you are specifically looking for something in a place where it's not usually particularly good doesn't mean that you should be looking for it. I would encourage the OP to experience the incredibly rich and diverse wealth of NYC food first (bagels+lox, nyc pizza, contemporary american fine dining, pastrami, harlem soul) and then the interesting ethnic neighborhoods (flushing, chinatown, arthur ave, woodside, jackson heights) and then if there's still time do barbecue.

        I would recommend against Hill Country, because the food is uneven, and blue smoke, because it's more of a barbecue-style/southern restaurant. For the best bbq experience in the city (in my estimation), go to RUB early in the evening--before 6:30 probably-- get the burnt end dinner w/ beans and greens and ribs.

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        Hill Country
        30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

        RUB BBQ
        208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: IrnScrabbleChf52

          Most of Harlem soul is Southern foods...it just happens that New York has a long list of BBQ options, and some of them are damn good.

          I too would avoid Hill Country or Blue Smoke though. They're no longer good.

          I'd check Brooklyn. Fette Sau, Fatty Cue, or Mables Smokehouse.

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          Hill Country
          30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

          Blue Smoke
          116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

      1. As a visitor to NY (from Canada) I've had Dinosaur and it was OK.
        I haven't tried Blue Smoke or Hill Country.
        Virgils
        http://www.virgilsbbq.com/
        is right in Times Square and is good, although some say too touristy.
        My preference was Daisy May's BBQ
        http://www.daisymaysbbq.com/news.html

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        Hill Country
        30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

        Daisy May's BBQ
        623 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

        Virgil's Real Barbecue
        152 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

        Blue Smoke
        116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

        Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
        777 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

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        1. re: porker

          If the OP chooses to go to Hill Country - never been so it's not a rec from me - wanted to mention they have discount gift certs ($10 for $25 worth of food) at restaurant.com.

        2. dinosaur. but i havent been since they moved to 125th st

          1. I would go with Hill Country for both quality and ambiance. the brisket is really good, the pork ribs are good, and i like the sides - the corn pudding is really rich but tasty (the sausage that they bring in from texas is not my favorite but you can't knock it for authenticity)

            it also wins for being relatively centrally located in comparison to either dinosaur or daisy mays. i havent been to Dinosaur but have heard good things from people whos opinion i respect, but i couldnt in good conscience send anyone to daisy may's. This board is full of positive reviews, so its possible that my one experience there was abnormal, but i think it is more likely due to significant differences in taste/preference. i would describe much of what we ordered at daisy may's as damn near inedible, pre sauced, non-smoky and about on par with what i would expect out of an institutional food service kitchen at a school, stadium, or maybe prison (no personal experience with prison food, so i cant say for sure). the room/decor is not much to look at either, and no one seemed to care particularly that we hardly touched almost 100 dollars worth of food.

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            Hill Country
            30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010