What if we could take the best barbecue from around New York and combine it at one magic meat palace of a restaurant?What would such at place look like? Who'd be there? After plenty of research, beer-soaked debate, and antacids, we think we have our answer.
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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.
Should I admit that I made my first visit to Williamsburg, Brooklyn's Saturday-only hipster artisanal food bazaar Smorgasburg this past Saturday? Ahh, why not. What did I find? Some insanely serious food that we haven't written about. Until now, that is.