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Aug 13, 2012 06:18 AM

Best BBQ in NYC

what is your favorite for amazing ribs and bbq food

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  1. Pork ribs or beef ribs?

    What do you mean by BBQ food? Brisket? Pulled pork? Sides?

    I've found BBQ restaurants in NYC to be best when they specialize in a few signature dishes or items.

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    1. re: kathryn

      yes, all of that Kathryn. Beef or pork. Any type of ribs will do. Brisket would be ideal! Thanks

      1. re: BLover33

        Sign up for Briskettown.com. Best brisket I've had in the city that I can remember.

    2. My favorite ribs are at Dinosaur and Blue Smoke.

      Brisket - Hill Country and RUB.

      Chicken - don't bother.

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      1. re: mitchleeny

        Thank you! Was thinking Dinosaur but wasn't sure if it was worth the trip uptown. Didn't love Hill Country or RUB

        1. re: BLover33

          The beer can hen (not chicken) at Hill Country is great, BTW.

          Dinosaur is a good call though.

          1. re: kathryn

            I think we will do Dinosaur. I'll check out briskettown.com for another time tough. Thank you much!

          2. re: BLover33

            Just curious...what was it about RUB and Hill Country you didn't like?

                1. re: knucklesandwich

                  They probably had one bad meal that they didn't like, and never gave either it a second chance.

                  BBQ can be variable, that's for sure. But overall, those two places are just as good, if not better, than any of the other bbq available in Manhattan.

                  1. re: mitchleeny

                    Mitch you are actually correct. I can't remember exactly why but do remember being underwhelmed. It was years ago I tried both and am open to trying them again.

                    Dinosaur it is!

                    1. re: BLover33

                      Make sure to get a slice of homemade pie for dessert...if you have room!

                    2. re: mitchleeny

                      I think that's the problem: if you don't like Hill Country and RUB you probably aren't going to like anything. That's the standard we reach here, and there just isn't anywhere you can get BBQ as good as in, say, Memphis.

                  2. re: RebelWithaCause

                    RUB has closed. Had no problem buying a whole chicken for take out there; otherwise, I could not rave about the place.

                2. re: mitchleeny

                  Hey, I like the chicken at Hill Country a lot. Not their chicken place, just the original HC.

                3. Dinosaur - best ribs in NYC. Everything else is very good too.

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                  1. re: wpfoodie

                    I like Dinosaur, but it's so different from most of the other places discussed here. Dinosaur is a high fructose experience, not that there's anything wrong with that.

                    1. re: wpfoodie

                      Dinosaur has world class BBQ. Having eaten at he BBQ legends all through the south, I can testify that Dinosaur is the real deal. Their pulled pork is spectacular - it's the best I've ever had, the baby-back ribs are divine, and they happen to have the best mac and cheese I've ever eaten. I didn't care for the smoked prime rib, but don't let that stop you.

                      1. re: OC Mutt

                        DINOSAUR's mac & cheese is probably the best I've ever had. I usually don't order mac, but last night I was with kids. Can't wait to go back for some more! The DINO collard greens are also really good.

                        However, I prefer MIGHTY QUINN'S ribs over the DINO.

                      2. re: wpfoodie

                        DINOSAUR WINGS will knock your socks off. They are NYC's best, along with VIRGILS and MIGHTY QUINNS.

                        (Have just completed a wings quest for the best. High in the clouds in complete ecstasy, I've definitely earned my wings).

                      3. I've only been to the new Dinosaur in Newark...which was not fantastic. I did enjoy the fried green tomatoes, however.

                        The moist brisket at Hill Country is probably the best barbecue I've had in Manhattan [if we're not counting varieties of roast suckling pig as 'bbq']. The best ribs I've had in the NY area were actually at a bar in Elizabeth, New Jersey -- now closed, helas.


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                        1. re: Winterpool

                          Try brisket at Brisket Lab/Brisket Town. Better than Hill Country. And I like HC's brisket.

                          1. re: kathryn

                            I never tried Brisket Lab/Brisket Town,, I the brisket at Hill Country ( i do not like their ribs at all, they were very tough, unpleasant to eat). I like the brisket at Fette Sau ( Bklyn), I love the ribs at Georgia's ( LES),, I like the ribs at Blue Smoke but I like Georgia's better. Georgia does a dry rub and then a wet bbq sauce on it.

                            1. re: foodwhisperer

                              I'm surprised Fette Sau wasn't mentioned earlier. IMO it eclipses any other BBQ joint in NYC.

                              1. re: foodperestroika

                                Fette Sau - no. Strange chemical taste to some of the meat. Not as good as Mable's, and neither of them are in Manhattan in any case.

                                1. re: BLover33

                                  Definitely try Georgia's the ribs are so good there

                                  1. re: BLover33

                                    You can't go wrong with Georgia's.

                                    1. re: jianni

                                      Georgia's food is pleasant enough, but note that they don't smoke their meats. They slow cook them, then apply sauces. Some might argue it's not BBQ, although I'm sure that's controversial.

                                  2. re: foodwhisperer

                                    Agreed: The ribs at Hill Country are tough and unpleasant to eat. Their Moist Brisket is really good (but watch them carve it and eat it there)! Their Kreutz sausage is also recommended.

                                    Hill Country Moist Brisket take out during summer months is NOT advisable. Will never forget moist brisket fat dripping out of the bag across my wooden floor once I got home. Upon opening the package, I needed eyeglasses to look for the meat...big disappointment....

                                    1. re: ZaZa

                                      I do like Hill Country's Brisket and their Kreutz sausage.
                                      Had some very decent pulled pork at Blue Smoke the other day ( does that count as BBQ?)
                                      Agree that MQ Brontosauraus rib is delicious
                                      Fette Sau although in Bklyn, is certainly worth mentioning as a good BBQ destination. ( Edit: Jakepulver already mentioned it)

                                      1. re: foodwhisperer

                                        Pulled pork counts as BBQ in the Southeast, but not in Texas.

                              2. John Brown has a smokehouse that's good. So does Daisy Mae. At Rack & Soul the ribs are par excellence. Fette Sau is a fat pig, but a delicious one. Beyond that, there's my Weber.

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                                1. re: salvati

                                  Stop making us jealous about your Weber! John Brown is pretty good, and their unique pastrami makes them worth the trip.

                                  Last night a few friends and I were at Blue Smoke downtown...way downtown. We had a sampler of 3 types of ribs; big, hefty beef ribs, baby backs, and St. Louis/Memphis style, iirc. All nice and smoky, properly tender and well seasoned.

                                  Additional, the chipotle chicken wings are delicious.

                                  I might add - they actually make some decent cocktails and have a damn good bourbon selection.

                                  1. re: mitchleeny

                                    Just to report back. We went to Dinosaur. The food was good. The chicken wings and pulled pork were the big hit with everyone. The ribs were really goodand had great flavor but a bit tough. Brisket was okay. Service was fantastic. Overral for food I give it a 7. Still in search for the best ribs in town (at a restaurant)! Thanks ya'll.