HOLY SMOKE: The Best Barbecue Joints In New York City


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Meat lovers, rejoice: we’ve rounded up the finest barbecue restaurants in New York City with some help from our friends at Zagat’s Buzz Blog.Here are 10 spots from Williamsburg to Hell’s Kitchen where you can feast on finger-lickin’ ribs, juicy pulled pork, and homemade side dishes.

The list was compiled from the results of the 2011 Zagat New York City Restaurants Survey, which rated 2,115 restaurants reviewed by 40,569 respondents.

Zagat ranks restaurants on a 30-point scale based on food, dec√≥r, and service. Ratings of 26 to 30 are considered “extraordinary to perfection,” according to the company.

Fette Sau

Zagat Food Score: 25

354 Metropolitan Avenue (between Havemeyer and Roebling)

This trendy BBQ joint in Williamsburg draws hipsters and barbecue connoisseurs alike to its laid-back venue converted from a former garage.

Fatty 'Cue

Zagat Food Score: 23

91 South 6th Street, Brooklyn (between Bedford & Berry)

Combining his staple American cuisine with Southeast Asian flavours, chef Zak Pelaccio strikes a balance between classic dishes and contemporary-style barbecue at this chic Brooklyn restaurant.

Daisy May's BBQ USA

Zagat Food Score: 22

623 11th Avenue (corner of 46th Street)

This rowdy barbecue joint in Hell's Kitchen boasts inexpensive prices and savory dishes by chef Adam Perry Lang.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Zagat Food Score: 22

700 West 125th Street (At 12th Avenue)

The West Harlem classic American BBQ staple and Syracuse transplant offers buckets of beer to wash down savory ribs at casual picnic tables.

Hill Country

Zagat Food Score: 22

30 West 26th Street

This Texas-style BBQ institution in the Flatiron boasts massive portions topped with delectable sides.

Smoke Joint

Zagat Food Score: 22

87 South Elliot Place, Brooklyn

This hip Brooklyn venue is popular amongst locals offers for its bargain prices and tender, slow cooked ribs.

Blue Smoke

Zagat Food Score: 21

116 East 27th Street (Between Park and Lexington)

Danny Meyer's top-tier Murray Hill establishment serves up delicious wings and ribs above a basement jazz club.

Rack & Soul

Zagat Food Score: 21

258 West 109th Street

A family-style Southern favourite located on the Upper West Side, Rack & Soul delivers top-tier cuisine and exceptional service.


Zagat Food Score: 21

208 West 23rd Street

A Chelsea BBQ pit that boasts rich, Kansas-style cuisine along with gritty decor and a festive ambiance.

Virgil's Real Barbecue

Zagat Food Score: 20

152 West 44th Street (Between Broadway and 6th Avenue)

This Southern-style Times Square venue is known for its huge portions and tasty sides, including mac'n cheese and beans.

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