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Mighty Quinn's: Has NYC Barbecue Come of Age?

Until Mighty Quinn's opened its doors, here are the words I would use to describe the better barbecue joints in town: sincere, well-meaning, tasty, digitally derived from copious sampling across the country, deferential, and stylistically derivative. Most people would come out any one of a half-dozen cue joints in town and say, "Hey, that was good barbecue, for New York." It'd be the culinary equivalent of damning with faint praise.

But the the arrival of pitmaster Hugh Mangum's East Village restaurant creates a new standard for barbecue in New York City. Smoked meat that is good—not just for New York—but for barbecue fans everywhere.

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We Try Guy's American Kitchen and Bar, Guy Fieri's New Times Square Restaurant

Every restaurant exists in context, of neighborhood and price, of cuisine and competitors. Guy's American Kitchen and Bar—the massive big-box restaurant that Food Network star Guy Fieri opened last week in Times Square? No one expects it to be good, per se. The questions you're answering: would a tourist wandering in after a Broadway show have a better meal than he would elsewhere in the neighborhood? Would a Food Network fan visiting from out of town enjoy her Slammin' Jammin' Chicken Parm? Basically—is Guy's American Kitchen and Bar better than the Cheesecake Factory? More

Lunch To-Go: Pepe Rosso

Pepe Rosso To-Go on Sullivan Street is a tiny place, so tiny that they post (friendly, cheeky) signs suggesting you eat fast and make room for the next guest. Which is why this restaurant is one of my favorite takeout and delivery spots in the area. More

Sugar Rush: Gelato Crepes at Ciao Bella Grand Central

The Dulce de Leche Crepe ($6.75) features smoky sweet caramel brushed over the crepe, which is then folded into quarters and finished with an extra drizzle of caramel and dusting of cinnamon and powdered sugar. It comes with Ciao Bella's vanilla gelato, but I prefer substituting it with their matcha gelato; the slight bitterness from matcha tempers the sweet caramel, a lovely pairing my books. More

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