The 11 Best BBQ Joints in NYC, Ranked
Who needs a trip to Austin?
You’re a frequent flier at Sweetgreen and all about a good avocado toast. But hey, sometimes you just want to go to town on a plate of ribs and cornbread. Lucky for you, NYC’s become a smoked-meat mecca in its own right. Here, our top places to indulge in some serious barbecue in NYC.
11. Mable's Smokehouse & Banquet Hall
We can't get enough of the pulled pork and cozy atmosphere at this Williamsburg eatery, and the sides are standouts, too (hello, house-pickled beets).
44 Berry St. (at N. 11th St.), Brooklyn; 718-218-6655 or mablessmokeouse.com
10. Hill Country Barbecue Market
This NYC staple earns its keep with fatty brisket, jalapeño-cheese sausage and sweet-potato-bourbon mash, plus live music and honky-tonk vibes.
Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; hillcountrynyc.com
9. Arrogant Swine
If your barbecue vision includes vinegary Carolina-style hog, mac-and-cheese waffles (!!!) and a picnic table under the sun, this place is about to be your jam.
173 Morgan Ave. (at Scholes St.), Brooklyn; 347-328-5595 or arrogantswine.com
8. Blue Smoke
Danny Meyer’s contribution to NYC barbecue is probably the fanciest spot on the list, so naturally, you should order the prime rib. Get the Alabama “white” wings, too.
Multiple locations in Manhattan; bluesmoke.com
7. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
The spicy Wango Tango wings are a glorious, sticky, delicious mess, as are the St. Louis ribs. Grab extra napkins.
Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; dinosaurbarbque.com
6. Morgan's Brooklyn Barbecue
Sometimes you need to sit at a picnic table and eat smoked pork belly tacos with a side of queso (like, say, after yoga). Morgan’s is here for you.
267 Flatbush Ave. (at St. Marks Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-622-2224 or morgansbrooklynbarbecue.com
4. John Brown Smokehouse
If Kansas City-style burnt ends, ghost pepper hot sauce and gooey, crumbly, eat-it-with-a-spoon cornbread sound good to you, get yourself to John Brown ASAP.
10-43 44th Dr. (at 11th St.), Queens; 347-617-1120 or johnbrownsseriousbbq.com
3. Fette Sau
1. Wait in line while drinking spiked sweet tea. 2. Order brisket and burnt-ends baked beans. 3. Douse everything in spicy mustard sauce. 4. Happily roll yourself home.
364 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), Brooklyn; 718-963-3404 or fettesaubbq.com
2. Mighty Quinn's
Simply put, the pulled pork sandwich is perfection on a brioche bun. We’re also a fan of “brontosaurus rib” (aka beef rib) when we want to channel our inner Fred Flintstone.
Multiple locations in Manhattan; mightyquinnsbbq.com
1. Hometown Bar-B-Que
Across the board, the best ’cue in NYC. Whether you go with Texas-style brisket, Vietnamese hot wings or pastrami bacon (yep), you can’t go wrong.
454 Van Brunt St. (at Reed St.), Brooklyn; 347-294-4644 or hometownbarbque.com