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Welcome to the first edition of NYC BBQ Weekly, a newsletter dedicated to curating the best barbecue news, restaurants, and events in New York metro area. I founded NYC BBQ more than three years ago because I felt our BBQ scene was under covered and deserved more attention.
There are so many good events and restaurants in this city that it can be hard to keep track of what all is happening. No longer. Now there is a single place you can go to for the top headlines, a listing of upcoming events, and more. Email me if you want your news featured or if you’d like to talk about anything else. Enjoy and I hope to see you soon!
Founder, NYC BBQ
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In the next few weeks, a flurry of new BBQ (or related) joints will be opening. These include two offerings from Hometown Bar-B-Que’s Billy Durney, an Austin-inspired “food park” from Hill Country in Brooklyn, and a Long Island City BBQ joint from Josh Bowen of John Brown Smokehouse. I’ll be keeping a close eye on these and writing about them over at NYCBBQ.com and in this newsletter. Stay tuned!
Randall’s Barbecue, one of NYC’s newest BBQ joints, opened recently on the Lower East Side. It has BBQ staples everyone knows like brisket and pork ribs, but the real gems are the locally inspired items like smoked five-spice duck, Indian lamb shank, and the pastrami bialy sandwich. Try it sometime soon and let me know what you think. Read more here.
Speaking of Randall's, it and Holy Ground were featured earlier this week in Food and Wine for "adding to the city’s BBQ bonafides" and "helping cement a style that's distinctly New York." I would also add recently opened Cash Only BBQ to the list of quirky and interesting new joints.
Operation BBQ Relief, the nonprofit that helps feed people who have suffered from natural disasters, hit 2 million meals served last week as it was helping those affected by Hurricane Florence. If you want to help OBR with its important mission, donate here.
Here are the top BBQ (and related) food events coming soon to the New York metro area:
October 6: The 3rd Annual Taste of the East Village will bring together 20 of the East Village’s favorite chefs and restaurants to benefit the Cooper Square Committee’s housing programs and to promote the GoFundMe campaign of EVIMA President Jimmy Carbone, a co-founder of the festival. Buy tickets here.
October 6: EEEEEATSCON New York is a one-day food festival being held at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens. One $40 ticket gets you in the door and lets you sample great food from NYC and other cities, including Emily and Shack Shack from New York, Hoodoo Brown BBQ from Connecticut, Saltie Girl from Boston, and Walter’s Hot Dogs from Westchester. Buy tickets here.
October 13 & 14: The 3rd Annual Queens Beer Fest is back in Long Island City at LIC Flea. Enjoy unlimited tastings from breweries in Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Long Island and Upstate breweries. The event typically has BBQ as well, but the beer tastings are the star of this show. Tickets run between $40 and $80. Buy tickets here.
October 14: The NYCWFF Coca-Cola Backyard BBQ is back. While the event is expensive at $175, it does have a great lineup of vendors and the food is wonderful. This year’s BBQ vendors include Blue Smoke, Corner House BBQ, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Handsome Devil, Hill Country, Holy Ground, Kimchi Smoke, Mighty Quinn's, and Virgil's. Buy tickets here.
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