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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.

                                2. in Manhattan itself, Hill Country is a good choice for 'cue. The brisket, sausage and the shoulder are good, skip the ribs there. Ribs I would go to Blue smoke.

                                  Outter boroughs, I like the ribs and brisket at Mables and I heard John Brown just does good stuff all around.

                                  1. I love BBQ, and have tried every place in NYC. The Cardinal, on East 4th between Avenue A & B is by far the best I've ever had. I've had their ribs, their pulled pork and their briskit, and all are to die for. Their sides are amazing, too -- incredible mac n' chesse and killer baked beans. Their fried catfish and fried chicken are also great. Their prices are very reasonable, and the place is clean. They have a great brunch menu, as well. Right now they only have been and wine, but will have liquor in 2 weeks. The chef/owner and his girlfriend run The Cardinal, and they're both very sweet. The chef /owner is from Ashville, North Carolina and his girlfriend is from Montreal. They also have a room downstairs for private parties. Check it out -- the food is incredible!

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                                    1. re: eastvillagegirl

                                      I disagree - I found the food at The Cardinal to be middling at best. And Georgia's is tasty, but it's not barbecue. I don't even think there's a smoker.

                                    2. Absolutely loved Georgia's! Ate half a rib rack all by myself. What a pig. But it was good!

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                                      1. re: HippieChick

                                        I think Georgia's is the best, but it gets really packed. Good job HippieChick, I ate a whole rack last time i went.

                                        1. re: foodwhisperer

                                          Well....full disclosure, foodwhisperer, so did I the second time, at home, where no one could see my shame. Or want to share. Because I wouldn't.

                                      2. GREAT moist brisket at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. While we've only been to Virgil's, Blue Smoke and Dinosaur for comparison, the HC product stands out as the exceptionally prepared, well cooked, tender but not disintegrating, moist, beef flavor with smoke balance product. Expensive for what it is but close to a transcendental experience. We visited at off peak hour so no lines at their " market counters" and tolerable noise level, plenty of aisle space, overall an excellent experience. Corn pudding was the side of the day.

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                                        1. re: ThanksVille

                                          Thanks for the review. Personally I like the Brisket at Hill Country, but I find the ribs too tough. The ribs at Georgia I like much more, I also like Mighty Quinn better than Hill Country.

                                          1. re: ThanksVille

                                            I also love the moist brisket at Hill Country. Another favorite is the brontosaurus rib at Mighty Quinn's.

                                            1. re: lexismore

                                              Is it much different from the regular ribs there?

                                              1. re: Pan

                                                Completely different. Beef, not pork. More tender meat. I like a lot of the food there, but I think the brontosaurus rib is the best thing on the menu.

                                                1. re: lexismore

                                                  Thanks for the tip. I'm looking forward to trying them now.

                                            2. re: ThanksVille

                                              We had some moist brisket from the new Hill Country in BK last night. Havent had MQs in a bit but it is, without a doubt, my favorite in NYC both for flavor and value. HIll Country is a solid second, but i wanted to address "expensive for what it is" because a major major differnence between hill country and mighty quinns is cost/value. we got the "pitmasters special" which at 27 bucks (BEFORE the 2 dollar upcharge for moist brisket) includes 1/4 lb of brisket, 1/4 chicken, A pork rib, and a hot link, and two sides. this is, relative to their normal pricing, a good deal. The guy next to us was getting moist brisket and A SINGLE SLICE (a fairly thick one, but still) cost over 8 dollars. and on top of that it was poorly trimmed - i am okay paying more for better product, and god help people who want brisket but prefer it lean - but if i am paying 8 bucks a slice id like my meat to not have 1/2-3/4 inch of solid unrendered fat cap on it.

                                              This contrasts with multiple visits to mighty quinns where we felt like they must have left things off our bill because it didnt seem high enough (even including beers).

                                            3. MIGHTY QUINNS BRONTOSAURUS RIB & DAISY MAY'S JUMBO OKLAHOMA RIB are both exquisite. Just one of these amazing beef ribs will provide a memorable experience for more than one person...I assure you.

                                              Recommend burnt-end beans & sweet potato side--Notably, MIGHTY QUINNS SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE with maple and pecans.

                                              Did not think another place in Manhattan could come close to DAISY MAY'S OKLAHOMA RIB--well, oops...I was wrong.

                                              MIGHTY QUINNS spicy WINGS are amongst the very best in NYC, along with VIRGILS & DINOSAUR BBQ--Trust me on this.

                                              1. I'm shocked that no one here's mentioned Hometown BBQ. They also have a huge Beef Rib that is probably one of the best things that I have ever tasted. No sauce needed. Packed with an incredible aura of flavor.

                                                Fette Sau is solid (not incredible, but good) for the most part, but their chicken, which is usually lacking at a lot of these new BBQ places), was TO DIE FOR.

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                                                1. re: jakepulver

                                                  Probably because this thread is originally from 2012.

                                                  1. re: kathryn

                                                    I just went to Mighty Quinn for the first time (been meaning to try it out for the longest). Got the brisket sandwich without specifying lean/wet/moist/etc. Was really good.

                                                    I did wonder if I ordered the right thing at first. But it was really good brisket.

                                                    And I agree with whoever mentioned that Mighty Quinn's bread is not great, potato roll or white bread would have been better.

                                                    1. re: villainx

                                                      They had a good looking roll for sandwiches that seems to absorb the drippings; it looked rather tempting.

                                                      I cut out bread and lost lots of weight. That's why I don't understand complaints about the white bread at Hill Country. Thought its purpose is to absorb fat and not be eaten; there are much healthier carbs in the offering--like beer.

                                                      However, I will not hesitate to eat the Rye bread on my Katz's Delicatessen Pastrami Sandwich with Russian Dressing & Cole Slaw, which I might have once a year. The bread just holds it together. (OK, so I had to get that in....)

                                                      1. re: ZaZa

                                                        Went to MIGHTY QUINNS last night to check out that delicious looking roll; it worked out quite well.

                                                        Ordered (for the first time ever) a burnt ends sandwich w/thinly sliced hot pepper, pickled onions (sliced ever so thin), and some creamy coleslaw. (You get choice of either vinegar or creamy coleslaw; both are good).

                                                        Was amazed how this sandwich with lots of sauce & fixings could stay together to the last bite w/o much effort. It was delicious.

                                                        1. re: ZaZa

                                                          ZaZa, which Mighty Quinn location did you go to? And, does it make a difference?

                                                          1. re: bcc

                                                            Good question, the West Village location opened this week.

                                                            Does it make a difference which location, considering much attention and energy going into the opening of a new location? No complaints whatsoever. Admirably, they managed to work it quite well.

                                                            Enjoyed MIGHTY QUINNS four days last week and one day at Dinosaur...so I'm pretty cued out. One day at MQs East Village (EV) & three days at their new West Village (WV)location.

                                                            Had wings & brew at EV location one day last week. Could tell the wings were fried; usually, I can't... this deceives the brilliance of their creator. I still enjoyed them thoroughly. The mid-day line included five firemen, which confirms the place is really good; they usually grill their own. I was impressed...and walked away rather content.

                                                            This last Saturday, MQ opened in the WV; I could not get there fast enough. The wings were FLAWLESS...ABSOLUTE PERFECTION. Went back Sunday & had the moist, tender, beautifully seasoned BRONTO w/sweet potato casserole & burnt-end beans. (Big Sigh).

                                                            Grand opening Monday, I tried to stay away with all my might. Was back by 10 pm.

                                                            1. re: ZaZa

                                                              my experience with the Brookfield Center location has been that its just as good as the EV (have not yet tried the west village shop).

                                                              1. re: tex.s.toast

                                                                Have gone to the EV & new WV location; they're both really good.

                                                                They seem to circulate staff between the two locations to keep up their standard, which is quite high.

                                                                Their kitchen is so clean! Did you ever peek into their kitchen while on the EV line? Most admirable...and I'm not the type of person that will wait on a line. The WV location has not yet caught on, so there is no line.

                                                                Furthermore, it's affordable, so everyone gets a chance to enjoy really good BBQ.

                                                                Have been to the WV MQ five days this week... they've only been open a week! I'm really particular and won't go back to a place unless its really really good.

                                                                1. re: ZaZa

                                                                  Regarding the clean kitchen, well, most of the magic at a BBQ place happens inside the smoker.

                                                                  1. re: kathryn

                                                                    That's right...and it is magic.

                                                                2. re: tex.s.toast

                                                                  Havn't visited Brookfield Center yet. They close at 9 pm, except Sun.

                                                                  Meant to do so when I took my Godson to Pier 25 for his first game of miniature golf (anticipating a visit to MIGHTY QUINN's Brookside). Got three holes in one, until I noticed it was 9:15 pm. From that moment on, my game went downhill....

                                                        2. re: villainx

                                                          I never get bread there. Why spoil the appetite for more BBQ, pickles, slaw and sides?

                                                        3. re: kathryn

                                                          Luv old threads...it's fun to see what's still around....

                                                          1. re: ZaZa

                                                            Even when you are the only person continually posting to them and having a conversation with yourself?

                                                            1. re: thegforceny

                                                              If you've had as much BBQ as I've had in the last two weeks, you'd be doing the same.

                                                        4. re: jakepulver

                                                          Thanks for reminding me about the HOMETOWN BBQ, in Red Hook. It's a short walk from the IKEA Ferry--a few blocks. Their huge Beef Rib should be phenomenal, but that will have to wait--because I had one today.

                                                          Have studied their menu; an order of JERK RIBS is a must. Because of my recent wing quest, I have to order their wings.

                                                          Furthermore, I really like the people in Red Hook.

                                                        5. At the risk of starting a fight, where would people recommend at the moment for BBQ in NYC? I've got a reservation for a Saturday evening in Blue Smoke (Battery Park City) in a few weeks, and I'm wondering if I should switch. I accept there are lots of different types of BBQ, but no single place gets consistent reviews. I chose Blue Smoke based on a comment by an English food critic I respect, and it seems a solid all-rounder. Should I stick with it? I hope I'll get to Georgia's Eastside too (assuming people would still recommend it).

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                                                            1. re: MylesF

                                                              I like Georgia BBQ, but I wouldn't consider it a destination place. It's a little hole in the wall that's perfect for when you're already on the LES going to live music. You'd have trouble finding space there for your party of 5.

                                                              Mighty Quinn is more of a restaurant.

                                                              If you want food and music--and an easy place for your larger group--Hill Country BBQ is terrific.

                                                              1. re: Elisa515

                                                                Georgia's does not smoke their meat. They bake and sauce their ribs.

                                                                1. re: kurtt

                                                                  Did I make a comment on how they prepare their food? I think your comment belongs on the thread about Georgia BBQ. Also, they make plenty of other food.

                                                                  I find their food delightful--but as I wrote in my message, I wouldn't go out of my geographical way to eat there. But I've been known to bring multiple containers of their cheese grits into music venues that allow people to bring food. :)

                                                                2. re: Elisa515

                                                                  You can also enjoy music (jazz) w/good BBQ at BLUE SMOKE's Flatiron location, but you will have to switch your reserve to their JAZZ STANDARD (I believe), on 27th Street, which is next door to BLUE SMOKE BBQ restaurant. Give them a call to inquire & for info.

                                                                  My friend, not a rib enthusiast, went there last Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed their MEMPHIS RIBS (also my favorite).

                                                                  BLUE SMOKE BBQ's wings are supposed to be good. Can't recall though; have not had them for a long time. However, this might have been a regular take-out on my behalf some years ago.

                                                                  MIGHTY QUINNS West Village location is quite good, as I've been overly enthusiastic about the place lately--for good reason. If you go there, order their sausage (a new surprise for us all)! The West Village is also a nice neighborhood to walk around.

                                                                  ENJOY !

                                                                  1. re: ZaZa

                                                                    JAZZ STANDARD (same address as BLUE SMOKE BBQ Flatiron (downstairs), 116 East 27th St., (212) 576-2232. You have to buy tickets ($30 each) w/three separate showtimes this Saturday for:

                                                                    Gerold Clayton Trio & 1 Special Guest Lionel Loueke.
                                                                    Showtimes: 7:30 (doors open at 6:15); 9:30 (doors open at 9:00); & 11:30 (doors open at 10:45). They clear out the place after each show.

                                                                    Personally, when I hear good music, I cannot eat; if you arrive prior to showtime, when doors open, you can do both. (They serve BLUE SMOKE BBQ).

                                                                    Otherwise, save a bundle & indulge in good, slow wood-smoked BBQ at MIGHTY QUINNS new West Village location in an amiable environment, painted black (no distractions here), order several to pass around & enjoy good brew on tap.

                                                              2. BLUES BBQ this weekend, Pier 84 at 44th St. (Hudson River); DELANEY, DINOSAUR, & MIGHTY QUINNs; from 2-9 pm. Rain or Shine. Go for it!

                                                                1. Thanks for your replies. I think I'll stick with Blue Smoke (I know my Dad will love it, which is why I booked it in the first place) and see about getting to Mighty Quinn's during the week. Will report back as a non-BBQ expert.

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                                                                  1. re: MylesF

                                                                    Glad to hear your decision. I'm positively sure you'll enjoy your dinner at BLUE SMOKE.

                                                                    Had brisket today for the first time at MIGHTY QUINN's West Village. I'm not a big fan of brisket, but this was REALLY GOOD. Just an ENTHUSIAST, not an expert!

                                                                    1. re: ZaZa

                                                                      I've been to their East Village location only, but you ain't just whistlin' Dixie about the brisket. It's great!

                                                                    2. re: MylesF

                                                                      If you can, go to Mighty Quinn's for lunch on a weekday. That way, you won't have to wait on line for an hour or more. Make sure to get the brisket. I like the ribs, too, but my second choice after the brisket is actually their chicken wings. Have them give you all the pickles - I love the red chili pickles.

                                                                      1. re: Pan

                                                                        I'll whistle dixie standing on my head about their BRISKET--It's that GREAT !!!

                                                                        MIGHTY QUINN's West Village BRISKET was PHENOMENAL yesterday. Absolutely Exquisite! OMG. Moist & Tender--over, under, sideways, down--and Perfectly Seasoned.

                                                                        Yeah, about 2:45, the line died down -- and then there was life!

                                                                        MQ's wood-smoked BRISKET exemplifies NYC BBQ at its best--I say this with emphasis.

                                                                        No problem waiting on line (for about 5 min. or so), because the vibes and anticipation are RIGHT ON! It's more like a culinary festival of the mind.

                                                                        Anyway, the line moves fast. If there's a long line, I'll come back later. I'm happy to see other people enjoy such exquisite BBQ.

                                                                        For a while, the SPICY WINGS were my utmost favorite; they can be addictive. However, my wings were excessively over salted a few days ago...so it will be a while. (I let them know).

                                                                        This enabled me to make a different selection on yesterday's date, which was THE BRISKET!

                                                                        1. re: ZaZa

                                                                          I've never had oversalted wings at the East Village location. Try them again and see if they're better.

                                                                          1. re: Pan

                                                                            They are (as are most wings) on the salty end of the edible spectrum. I could certainly see a saltier-than normal batch or salt sensitive customer experiencing them as just too much.

                                                                            1. re: tex.s.toast

                                                                              When I have MQ wings, my eyes roll up as I acknowledge: "This is masterful alchemy." But after this last experience, it will be a while.

                                                                              Finely ground crystals of salt are sprinkled on the wings during garnish. It's done for each order.

                                                                              I've experienced excessive salt in the EV only one time, but I still could eat them.

                                                                              Because they circulate staff at this time, I recognized the same man behind the counter in the kitchen. Believe me, I gave him a glare from hell and said something.

                                                                              1. re: ZaZa

                                                                                Correction: MQ does not add additional salt during garnish of their wings. On that date, I ordered pommes frites, which get salted. Excess salt probably got onto my wings for that same order.

                                                                          2. re: ZaZa

                                                                            I love your enthusiasm. We tried the new MQ on Greenwich Ave. last week and were wowed by the brisket too. Full report on my blog:


                                                                      2. So disappointed in all the raves for the brisket at Dinosaur. Their ribs are quite good but the brisket doesn't measure a lick compared to brisket in Texas or Kansas City. The only really good brisket I've ever had in New York doesn't belong on this board, Big W in Wingdale, NY Truly outstanding brisket. If you are a brisket fan, get a zip car and go.

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                                                                        1. re: johnindabronx

                                                                          Did you read the rest of this thread?

                                                                          Literally no one is saying that they have good brisket at Dinosaur. The good items are the pulled pork, wings, and ribs.

                                                                          Go to Mighty Quinn's, BrisketTown, or Hill Country for brisket.

                                                                          1. re: kathryn

                                                                            I had the Delaney brisket sandwich on the highline the other day again. Almost wet myself. Loved the sides too

                                                                            1. re: Ziggy41

                                                                              SMOKELINE (Delaney on the Highline): Get the sandwich rather than a plate.

                                                                              Ordered the plate, thinking it was sliced (as at MQ). Had no idea it was shredded. The seasoning is excellent. Went back for a roll, added the condiments, and some of their delicious coleslaw. The potato salad is probably the best I've had.

                                                                              It's a stop on the Highline for passersby. One time was enough; I'm not raving.

                                                                              True justification for DELANEY'S reputation would necessitate a visit to Williamsburg (Brooklyn).

                                                                              1. re: ZaZa

                                                                                Actually, two times ain't enough. It's that good!

                                                                                Sometimes the SMOKELINE sells out prior to 6 pm, when they close (especially during the weekend).

                                                                                DELANEY BBQ SMOKELINE is on the Highline, just beyond 14th Street, in the Food Court.

                                                                                1. re: ZaZa

                                                                                  shredding and then saucing is sometimes done to hide dried out brisket. is the brisket sauced before they serve it to you.

                                                                                  1. re: vinouspleasure

                                                                                    Delaney's Smokeline brisket was not sauced. Their seasoning makes it unique amongst the others offered here in New York.

                                                                                    I now feel like having their brisket (as I live nearby); I'll ask them to confirm.

                                                                                    1. re: ZaZa

                                                                                      DELANEY'S SMOKELINE sold out of Brisket today, around 4 pm.--so I gave them a chat. Their Brisket is chopped (not shredded). They don't add sauce to their Brisket or Pulled Pork.

                                                                                      Their only fuel source is white oak; that's what makes their BBQ unique (it's just like Texas). Their dry-rubbed Brisket is smoked at least 15 hrs. It is chopped with a sharp knife. As for that delicious seasoning--they only add salt and pepper.

                                                                                      The dry-rubbed Pork is smoked at least 9 hrs.--'till it just about falls off the bone. It’s pulled off the bone with a large pitchfork-like rake. The moistness comes solely from natural juices that run off the pork.

                                                                                      There’s a labor of love that goes with good BBQ--you can really taste the difference.

                                                                                      1. re: ZaZa

                                                                                        How does their brisket compare to Mighty Quinn?

                                                                                        1. re: Pan

                                                                                          It's different, but it's very good. I had Delaney's Smokeline brisket and pulled pork last Sunday, and both were good. The brisket we got at MQ was fattier in places (purely because of the cut/individual hunk of meat), but Smokeline is definitely worth trying.

                                                                                          1. re: MylesF

                                                                                            Thanks for that, and for your Might Quinn report. I'm really glad it's in my neighborhood.

                                                                              2. re: kathryn

                                                                                Brisket at DINOSAUR was boring. It was on their Elgin Platter, w/ribs & homemade sausage. (I wanted to do a tasting).

                                                                                Recommended sides: collard greens, mac & cheese, roasted whipped sweet potato w/sweet nut topping & BBQ Beans w/Pork.

                                                                                I prefer DINO's sweet potatoes to DAISY MAY'S (w/banana & brown sugar).

                                                                                At DAISY MAY'S I recommend mashed potatoes w/red-eye gravy, along with their burnt-end beans.

                                                                                If you order DAISY MAY'S Oklahoma Rib, their sweet potatoes & burnt-end beans are a delightful accompaniment.

                                                                                1. re: kathryn

                                                                                  "The good items are the pulled pork, wings, and ribs."

                                                                                  and chili! besides the wings, it's my favorite thing on the menu.

                                                                                  1. re: kathryn

                                                                                    I'll go so far as to say something that some might consider blasphemous - I have NEVER had good BBQ brisket ANYWHERE. EVER. I've traveled all over the country for business, tried many of the famous BBQ palaces, and listened to endless people from the south and various other hallowed BBQ meccas passionately insisting that "their" favorite special BBQ brisket place is "the real deal" and swore on the lives of their ancestors and pets that it wouldn't be dry. Well, despite how well intentioned and kind hearted these people have been, it's always dry, and it's always disappointing. So I've stopped ordering it. In my experience, I've come to conclude that good, hot, juicy, flavorful BBQ brisket is a myth that they fake on FoodTV for entertainment value. It does not exist in the real world. So there. Let the screaming commence.

                                                                                    1. re: OC Mutt

                                                                                      I always felt the same. Couldn't understand why people ordered Brisket. After trying several MIGHTY QUINN selections and then seeing the Brisket other people ordered, I decided to give it another go.

                                                                                      Next time you come to NY, go to MIGHTY QUINN's West Village--and give it another try. Just eat it plain (it's that good!); their roll would be too distracting.

                                                                                      The MQ roll is better for Burnt Ends (delicious, seasoned ends of Brisket that remain when the carver stops slicing). Burnt ends are in a delicious sauce. Somehow, with all the condiments you choose to put on the sandwich (e.g., thinly sliced red onions, chili & cole slaw), it stays together until the last bite. I also recommend their pommes frites.

                                                                                      I was so timid about trying Brisket at MQ's WV location, I ordered their burnt ends a couple of times as a sandwich, which is really good--but this time, I advise you go straight for the Brisket!

                                                                                      1. re: OC Mutt

                                                                                        Normally, your post would lead me to the conclusion that you just don't like brisket, which would be fine.

                                                                                        However, you say the brisket you've had is "always dry." In that case, you simply have not had good brisket.

                                                                                        For example, the moist brisket at Hill Country is so juicy it literally soaks through the multiple layers of paper they wrap it in. I won't argue with you if you don't like the taste. But to say it's dry is simply factually incorrect.

                                                                                        1. re: lexismore

                                                                                          Agreed. HILL COUNTRY Moist Brisket is also really good.

                                                                                          We have some really good brisket places here in NYC.

                                                                                          1. re: OC Mutt

                                                                                            You've traveled all over the country. Have you ever tried Mac's in Ingleside, TX? Next time you're in the Corpus area give it a try.

                                                                                      2. I'll make a larger trip report elsewhere (I have another thread asking for input on our recent trip), but here are my brief BBQ thoughts.

                                                                                        Blue Smoke isn't a bad restaurant, it might even be a decent restaurant, but we found the (BBQ) food to be only okay. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing startling either. The brisket wasn't great, the ribs were decent, there might have been one or two interesting dishes (I need to check my notes), but we weren't blown away.

                                                                                        Mighty Quinn (E Village) was an entirely different prospect. We cheated slightly, by asking someone in the queue what he'd recommend/order, and he gave us his opinions: bronto is good, but the rack ribs are better, burnt ends etc. are good but it was all about the rack ribs and brisket for him. Likewise, he didn't have a very high opinion of the sides (decent, but nothing special) with the exception of the beans. We got two racks of ribs, a pound of brisket, and we ordered the smoked sausage but they only had half an order left so they gave us what we they had for free. We ordered a medium side of beans too.

                                                                                        The beans are frankly astounding. I'm not sure how else to describe them, but try them. The brisket convinced my wife that brisket is a good and worthwhile thing (she's a bit ambivalent about most beef it must be said, and BS hadn't made her reconsider), while the rest of us thought the brisket was fantastic. We all loved the ribs. A tray of food like that (there were 5 of us) would have turned vegetarians into hungry wolves, so we demolished it.

                                                                                        I accept it's a very different experience to somewhere like BS, but I would certainly say 'believe the hype' regarding MQ. I can't give you a technical breakdown of the pros/cons of their food, as I'm only familiar with the varieties of BBQ thanks to TV programs etc., but it tastes awesome. I'm sure some might say it's on the expensive side, but I certainly thought it was worth it.

                                                                                        As I've mentioned elsewhere, if you're on the Highline, the pulled pork and brisket (only had sandwiches) from Smokeline is certainly worth trying.

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                                                                                        1. re: MylesF

                                                                                          I'm glad you liked Mighty Quinn, which I definitely do not think is pricey, considering the neighborhood (rents are unfortunately expensive here now) and quality. When you mention the beans, are you talking about the edamame, which I find very good? I do like the candied yams, too, though they're sweeter than they could be; the ratatouille is OK, but I love the pickles that they give as complimentary sides, and I have them give me the works - all of the pickles are delicious, in my opinion.

                                                                                          1. re: Pan

                                                                                            I didn't think it was pricey personally (we spent more on breakfast elsewhere), but I'd imagine someone might see 25 dollars a pound for brisket and think it seems expensive. It's completely worth it, I just think some people might perceive the prices for individual items/portions to be on the high side. It might have been the best value meal we had in New York.

                                                                                            I was referring to the burnt end baked beans. We really liked the pickles too, and I thought the regular barbeque sauce that's provided on the tables was really good too.

                                                                                            1. re: MylesF

                                                                                              Oh yeah, those. I find them and the BBQ sauce overly sweet. I recommend the edamame.

                                                                                              My feeling about the prices is that when my girlfriend and I can have a big dinner with some good beer for around $65 including tax and a bit of a tip (not 20% because we don't get full table service, but at least 10%), for the neighborhood and the quality, that's a good value.