Sunday March 5th was the last day for Delaney Barbecue's BrisketTown in Williamsburg. The small-but-very-good BBQ joint didn't want to close its doors, but the lease was up and they were pushed out so the building's owner can demolish the structure to most likely build condos.
I visited the operation on its last day to enjoy the intimate atmosphere and of course taste the outstanding brisket and delightful mac 'n' cheese one last time. BrisketTown has been one of my favorite BBQ joints in NYC during its four years of operations, so it really sucked to see it closing shop.
During my visit, I spoke with the staff a bit and even saw owner Dan Delaney bring in a fresh batch of meat in a cooler, as he oversaw the final smoking session for BrisketTown. The staff told me they were sad, but they were glad they had been given two weeks notice of the closing to help them start looking for new gigs. They said it was extremely busy on Saturday, the day before, but Sunday found the place loose and not too crazy. It was comfortable and felt right for a last day.
Delaney has told the press that he's not sure what the future holds for his next barbecue restaurant, but he does plan to bring something to life. In the meantime, he will still be offering barbecue via catering, he has a new BBQ pop-up in Jersey City, and new Hot Links will be in grocery stores soon. Oh, and there's also Delaney Chicken, the fantastic fried chicken sandwich shop in Vanderbilt Urbanspace that you should all check out.
Below are a few more images from BrisketTown's last day. Farewell BrisketTown and we hope to see a new incarnation of you in the near future!