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The 8 Best Barbecue Restaurants In New York City

The South is well-represented in New York City, at least in terms of food. You can tell in part by the city's strong contempt is for sub-par barbecue. Below we list eight sure-fire joints for appeasing your inner barbecue beast. By Anna Van Lenten.
Blue Smoke

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Notable here is the rib sampler, which includes three versions—Kansas City, Memphis, and Texas beef, all moist and charry, cooked nice and slow. The mac and cheese is nirvana. A variety of spoon-licking sweet and spicy BBQ sauces on the tables allows you to dress your own meat.

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Here, the pulled pork sandwiches rule: juicy, and zesty, with an impressive scoop of smoky, ambrosial meat on a bun, and great BBQ sauce on the side. The chili cheese fries are sinful and irresistable. And if you're hankering for a corn dog, look no further.

Daisy May's BBQ
Daisy May's BBQ (credit: Yvo Sin)

The Kansas City Sweet and Sticky Ribs take first prize—not evident by their name is their smoky flavor. The saucy Carolina pulled pork and the pulled chicken are both satisfyingly scrumptious. And the delicious, hearty baked beans sport pieces of bacon.

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Their famously zesty chicken wings are addictive. The ribs are savory, fall-off-the-bone succulent—made with a dry rub. A delight as well is the spicy shrimp boil. Just don't skip the fried green tomatoes.

Fette Sau
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The highly recommended brisket is fork tender and suffused with smokiness—set off perfectly with a side of pickles. Also great is the pulled pork and smoked pork belly, which carries a whiff of bacon. Be sure to get a side of beans—ridiculously tasty; and the regular and spicy BBQ sauces are delish.

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Georgia's applewood-smoked, pulled pork sandwich contains a world of flavor. The beans are boastfully good. The beef brisket sandwich is overflowing and super tasty, especially with tangy, spicy BBQ sauces on the side. N/B: Cole slaw is fresh and not creamy, for those who favor it not glopped in mayonnaise.

Legends Ranger BBQ

The specialty here comes from the enormous smoker out back. Try the heavenly, dry rubbed babybacks and beef shortribs. Safe to say that the pulled pork, paired with a vinegar-hot pepper sauce is BBQ-transcendent. And the suicide chicken wings are, well, to die for—devilishly spicy but still packed with flavor.

Pies And Thighs
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Fried chicken lovers, take note: These chicken and biscuits don't mess around—chicken is moist and flavorful on the inside, with spicy sauce and lemon butter on a flaky, buttery biscuit. Paired with collard greens and spicy black eyed peas—dang. Note: Pies n' Thighs is cash only.

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