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The Best BBQ Restaurants in NYC for Smoked Meat



New York is one of the best cities in the world for food. The city is home to numerous high-end restaurants, many of which are world-renowned. The range of choice on offer is enough for you to choose a different restaurant every night and never have to revisit the same place twice. Needless to say, among the many award-winning restaurants that are littered throughout New York City, there are plenty of places that serve up premium meat. 

If you want to experience smoked meats on demand, you will need to invest in the best electric smoker. Even with your own smoker, smoked meat is a hard thing to get right, but anyone who has eaten perfectly prepared smoked meats can testify just how delicious they are. The following BBQ restaurants in New York City all offer their customers some of the best smoked meats you’ll be able to find in a city that is overflowing with excellent food.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Located on the Harlem shoreline, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is one of New York’s hidden gems. With a price range of around $20-25 per person, the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is excellent value. The food is, as you would hope, absolutely delicious. The range of meats on offer is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

The Dinosaur offers take-out options, which are perfect for a night in with a friend or spouse. However, if you do make your way down to the restaurant (make a reservation to avoid disappointment), you will have one of the finest dining experiences a smoked meat lover could ask for. 

Hometown Bar-B-Que

Located in Brooklyn, the Hometown Bar-B-Que offers a great BBQ experience, along with some of the best sandwiches in New York – which is saying something! The restaurant is located at the very end of Van Brunt St, near to the shoreline.

As well as plenty to whet your appetite if you want to sit down and take your time, Hometown also offers an array of quick bites and examples of local cuisine that set it apart from other local places. The smoked meat is fantastic, whatever form you have it in, but we would especially recommend the ribs and the house sausage.

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque

On 2nd Avenue, just around the corner from the Merchant’s House Museum, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque serves up some of the most delicious naturally-raised slow smoked meats. Their brisket, slow smoked for 22 hours prior to being hand carved, is an absolute must-try for any smoked meat lover in New York.

The highlight of Mighty Quin’s menu has got to be the Brontosaurus Rib, which more than lives up to the name. There’s almost a full pound of meat here (which we accept is not a full brontosaurus worth!) served up with slaw and assorted vegetables.

Jongro BBQ

BBQs are enjoyed throughout the world, but there are a few countries that are notable for incorporating the barbecue into their cuisines – Australia, the USA, and Korea. And, many people would argue that it is Korea who have perfected the art of cooking barbecue food. If you want to understand exactly what it is that the Koreans are doing so much better than everyone else, Jongro BBQ is the perfect demonstration.

You truly don’t know just how good a barbecue can be until you have sampled authentic Korean BBQ. Jongro is a huge restaurant, and even when it’s packed it still feels spacious and never claustrophobic. The atmosphere complements the food perfectly, and a menu full of tasty tender smoked meats ensures that everyone is having a good time.

Baekjeong NYC

Another Korean BBQ joint, this one is located over the street from the Empire State Building. This is a prime piece of real estate in the heart of New York. Cooking your own Korean BBQ food is notoriously difficult to do properly. Anyone can BBQ, but few people can pull together the range of tastes that come together in a properly prepared Korean BBQ dish.

We would recommend making reservations instead of just stopping by, as this place gets very busy – hardly surprising given its location. We would recommend trying out the signature dishes, all of which are absolutely fantastic. However, don’t be afraid to experiment – everything here is great.

Properly cooked smoked meat, made with the best quality premium meats, is a culinary experience unlike any other. If you like meat, but have never tried smoked meat, then you really owe it to yourself. Take a trip to any of the restaurants on this list and you won’t be able to buy your own barbecue and smoker fast enough. 

There are a lot of restaurants in New York City, so picking out the true gems can be difficult. However, we’re confident that whether you are new to a smoked meat BBQ or you’re already an aficionado, these restaurants are guaranteed to impress.

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Restaurant Scene Glory in New York City



Are you hungry? Then New York City is the place to be this season.

Found at the glorious Henn na Hotel New York is the fantastic GOSUKE. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here at the place where the hip and happy come to stay for a perfect staycation or vacation getaway. The authentic Japanese restaurant located inside the lobby serves up a superb dishes that will bring bliss to your life.

Chefs highlight over 50 years of experience handling Japanese cuisine in Japan and New York City. This wonderful restaurant highlights a menu of fresh sushi and sashimi meals. You are greeted by staff who passionately cares about your dinning experience. They want you to feel the same love they have for food with each delicate curated plate.

Il Tinello East never goes out of style. In a City with thousands of restaurants, this sparkling gem of a business outshines many. The treasures found at Il Tinello East blend years of tradition with innovative Italian cooking and provide a rich experience through presentation that is purely matched by a delicious menu.

The menu boasts a lunch and dinner service that is notably divine in presentation and taste factors that all together create a magical experience. The fresh homemade pastas, regional ingredients and diverse wine list are all desirable. Portions are as large as skyscrapers and tastes are as rich as the Wall Street stock markets.

Such highlights at this quintessential restaurant include antipastos of Grilled Portobello with mixed green salad, goat cheese, balsamic dressing; Capesante with pan-seared jumbo sea scallops, brandy, saffron, herb sauce; and Crispy Calamari with tomato sauce. Enjoy the house favorite Caesar Salad for two prepared table side and served classic style: or the Siciliana with mesclun, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese, and cucumbers.

pastaRAMEN is another fantastic option for the hungry New Yorker. It is coming to SoHo this April for a month-long dinner party powered by HexClad, the fastest-growing cookware brand in America.

The secret, speakeasy-style experience from Montclair Hospitality Group will head to NYC following sold out dinners in Seattle, Jersey City, Miami and Los Angeles.  Those pop-up dinners were so successful that pastaRAMEN opened its first permanent restaurant location earlier this year in Montclair. pastaRAMEN’s SoHo omakase pop-up will feature a one-of-a-kind Wafu (Japanese inspired) Italian omakase dinner from James Beard Nominated Chef Robbie Felice complete with truffles, caviar, uni, mouth-watering Ramen and more.  This 10-course meal will expertly fuse Italian and Japanese cuisines into one-of-kind dishes such as Cacio e Pepe Fritti, Truffle Porcini Ramen and Dry Aged Japanese A5 Wagyu.  Reservations open on March 31.

And, we hear that Sweetbriar held a fantastic Bourbon Masterclass this month with Beverage Director Ivan Papic, in partnership with Heaven Hill Distillery. The night was dedicated to expanding one’s bourbon whiskey knowledge with an  exclusive cocktail class and tasting that guided guests on select cocktail creations paired with small bites from Executive Chef Bryce Shuman.

The chef is famed for “Food & Wine Magazine’s” “Best New Chef” of 2015, was previously in the kitchen at three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park where he worked under Chef Daniel Humm for six years and rose to Executive Sous Chef before opening Michelin-starred Betony, where he received a three-star review from The New York Times.

For Sweetbriar, he has created a chef-driven dining experience that shares a spirit with his Ribs n Riesling pop-up. It combines his personal history of growing up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina cooking and eating barbecue, and his professional background in fine dining. The experience is centered around live fire cooking and the bounty of New York State’s seasonal produce.


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Duomo 51 Hit or Miss With a Great View



Are you looking for a summer rooftop terrace with a view of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center?Duomo 51 is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails. Finding the restaurant is not the easiest as there is no sign outside, as of yet. Duomo 51 is located on the seventh floor of the DoubleTree Hotel directly across the street from Rockefeller’s Center.

You take the elevator to get up there and it is under renovation and dirty, but once the elevator opens there is an expansive dining room that leads into the glass-enclosed terrace, with views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The terrace features a retractable roof and heaters. On either side will be cocktail bars and chairs that over look Rockefeller Center.

Duomo 51, opened a month ago and it really needs time to get the kinks out. The terrace is not finished and seems a little sterile. The servers are not exactly trained. When my first server poured my water, he got more on my phone, glasses and table and then walked away without cleaning it up. When I asked for a paper napkin he reached over and took the cloth napkin and didn’t even wipe the top which would have had more water flying, until I asked. Thankfully I ordered a drink and that was perfection. Lost in Rome ($20) is Vodka served with a blueberry Puree, lime, mint and ginger beer served in a shaker.

The menu is Tuscan-Italian inspired, so for appetizers we started out with Burrata ($20) with tri colored Herman’s tomato’s lightly glazed with balsamic and olive oil. The Burrata melted in your mouth and was delicious with the sun-dried tomato olive oil served with the bread. Delicious.

The fabulous olive oil with sun-dried tomato’s

We also had the Gamberi al Brandy ($25) grilled shrimp with cannellini beans, fresh tomatoes, and cognac sauce, but the sauce is non existent, so basically grilled shrimp with beans, that lacked flavor. Yeah for the delicious olive oil infusion.

I ordered a Malbec, Aymara ($15) that had a nice balance and body.

For our main course we shared the handmade pasta Carbonara style ($27) Spaghetti here is served with organic egg, pecorino cheese, smoked pancetta and ground pepper is offered. When the cheese was served it was not freshly ground and the dish lacked peas and had too much salt, so nice but not great.

We also ordered Dover Sole (MP) prepared table side. This delightful fish was lightly sautéed and was served in a lemon sauce, but not enough of it. Also though the fish was deboned, it was not served to us. They offer the wrong utensil, so when serving myself the fish slid off the spoon, but the dish itself was something I would order again.

For dessert homemade Ice Cream with warm berries ($12) and a homemade Panna Cotta with fresh berries ($12). Both of these were truly wonderful. My guest had a cappuccino ($6) with a heart on top, as well. It was a terrific ending.

Duomo 51 offers elegant private event spaces with many different attractive setups based on the size of the party and occasion and you can have a party up to 130.

The lavatory/bathroom is located down a flight of long basement stairs and is not so clean. Also on the elevator down there is no L button instead you have to push G for ground. All 6 of us in the elevator thought that stood for garage. Still there is much to admire about Duomo 51 and look forward to trying them again in another couple of months. However if you are planning an Easter brunch, this just might be the perfect place for Brunch.

Duomo 51: 25 W 51st St., 7th Floor

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Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, George Pettignano Bring Patsy’s Italian Restaurant To Life



Patsy’s Italian Restaurant has been known for years as the restaurant made famous by Frank Sinatra, and his family still enjoys dining here whenever they are in town. George Clooney’s aunt, cabaret singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, was once quoted, “Patsy’s is still the best Italian restaurant in town. I make a pasta pilgrimage there every time I return.”

Other long-time high profile patrons who consider Patsy’s Italian Restaurant their Manhattan dining room include, Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, George Clooney, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Tony Danza, Jennifer Lopez, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Rihanna, Martha Stewart, Ben Stiller, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.

Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo

We all had the pleasure to join Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo for a very special Private Lunch on March 18th hosted City Guide and Eli Marcus.

Eli Marcus,George Pettignano

Chef Sal shared some of his riveting stories about celebrities, sports stars and others famous guests. Ha also told us a few one-of-a-kind frank Sinatra stories about Frank’s exclusive table near we were seated.

Popular entertainer George Pettignano, a cousin of Bobby Rydell, sang classic tunes from the 40’s to 70’s ranging from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Beatles, Elvis & more!  George, as a former Hollywood stunt man, shared some of his classic stories

Eli Marcus

Everyone enjoyed a great meal and then danced the afternoon away!

Eli Marcus, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, Errol Rappaport

Errol Rappaport, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Eli Marcus

Steve Garrin, wife, George Pettignano

Colin O’Leary Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Rena Sylvester, Eli Marcus

Colin O’Leary,Rena SylvesterErrol Rappaport

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