New York’s meat game has come a long way in the past decade. It used to be that the only way to get quality charred meats was when the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party came to town. Nowadays, you can find next-level Southern comfort any day of the week without elbowing hungry masses around Madison Square Park. As summer and grilling season heat up, Yelp NYC shares delicious barbecue joints to keep close to your chest (er, ribs?) to enjoy the season's most savory flavors—without any mess of DIY.
If Bovine University were a real higher learning institution, Fette Sau would be their cafeteria. It’s probably easier to mention the meats they don’t have than the ones they do since the list is so extensive, but you can’t go wrong with their pork belly, bone-in ribs, and their house-cured pastrami. They also have a reputable whiskey selection that even Charles Bukowski could appreciate. 354 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, 718-963-3404
Mable’s is a family-run operation from husband-and-wife team Meghan Love and Jeff Lutonsky. You won’t find many artists-turned-pitmasters throughout the country, but if you think about it, creating delicious brisket sandwiches (and one of the best Frito pies in the Northeast) truly is an art form. Don’t leave here without a bottle of the house-made barbecue sauce if you know what’s good for you. 44 Berry St., Brooklyn, 718-218-6655
Though it’s only been on the scene a few years, Hometown immediately established itself as a top contender for best barbecue in the city. There’s all the fleshy delights you’d expect, but the lamb belly is what truly stands out. Slow cooked in the same style as beef brisket, this cut of meat offers a gamier flavor profile, and it’s one you should try getting in your mouth as soon as possible. 454 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, 347-294-4644
After getting its start as a small Smorgasburg vendor slinging brisket under an EZ-Up tent, Mighty Quinn’s has become an international powerhouse. With nine locations in the tri-state area, as well as three restaurants in Taiwan and more opening soon in Japan and Dubai, the shop’s success makes you wish time travel existed solely to rewind a few years and line yourself up as an angel investor. The brisket is what put Mighty Quinn’s on the map, but grab a group and be sure the Brontosaurus rib and their many tasty side dishes make their way to your table as well. 103 Second Ave., 212-677-3733
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