Best BBQ Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants for barbecue in New York City.

Hometown Bar-B-Que
Barbecue · Red Hook · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.8

A “destination-worthy” home to “honest” BBQ, this Red Hook “champ” supplies “terrific” Texas-style meats (think “melt-in-your-mouth” brisket and “caveman-sized” ribs) in a “converted garage” with a “roadhouse party vibe” ; “energetic” crowds line up for the counter service, but the “smoky” “excellence” “rewards the wait.”
Fette Sau
Barbecue · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.6

It's the “quintessential Williamsburg experience” to “join the hipsters” at this “serious foodie” “heaven” for “awesome” dry-rub, by-the-pound BBQ paired with “artisanal” beers and bourbons; no rezzies means “crazy lines” for “cafeteria-style” service in a “former garage” outfitted with “communal picnic tables” – but to most it's so “worth it.”
Butcher Bar
Barbecue · Astoria · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

“Melt-in-your-mouth” BBQ (including burnt ends “to die for” ) are the specialty of these smokehouse joints that source local, organic meats and butcher them in-house; the “roomy” , “welcoming” spaces feature plenty of “reclaimed wood” as well as a bar mixing Southern-accented cocktails.
Mighty Quinn's Barbeque
Barbecue · Battery Park City · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.3 · Service 3.6

Those who “hail the meat god” rely on this “no-fuss” counter-serve chain for “delicious” BBQ “fixes” (including “perfectly toothsome brisket” ) offered “cafeteria-style” ; “barebones” setups and “insane” lines are part of the package, but so are “reasonable” prices.
John Brown Smokehouse
Barbecue · Long Island City · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.1 · Service 3.5

“No-nonsense” BBQ (including “awesome burnt ends” ) is the specialty of this Kansas City–style joint in Long Island City that also provides “plentiful sides” and a “great craft beer selection” ; it’s a “simple setup” , i.e. you “order at the counter and pick up your tray when it’s ready.”
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Barbecue · Morningside Heights · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.8

“Funky” is the word on these “high-volume” smoke joints where the BBQ is “tender” and “juicy” , and the settings “loud, crowded” and “great for groups” ; they’re “welcoming to both bikers and families” alike, but be prepared for “hectic” atmospheres and “long lines.”
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Barbecue · Gowanus · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.8

“Funky” is the word on these “high-volume” smoke joints where the BBQ is “tender” and “juicy” , and the settings “loud, crowded” and “great for groups” ; they’re “welcoming to both bikers and families” alike, but be prepared for “hectic” atmospheres and “long lines.”
Hill Country Barbecue Market
Barbecue · Flatiron · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.6

“Hip BBQ” is yours at these “cafeteria-style” joints where patrons order the “messy” , “smoky” ’cue from a counter, then find a communal table and dig in; “toe-tapping” live music, a “good bourbon selection” and “friendly” vibrations make it the “next best thing to being in Austin.”
Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue
Barbecue · Gowanus · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.9

There's “real BBQ” in store at this locavore-friendly Gowanus joint smoking the classics (St. Louis ribs, brisket) as well as more “unique items” ; the “super-casual” setup features “friendly” counter service, by-the-pound pricing and communal seating.