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New Yorkers love brunch. Whether it's because they need something to soak up alcohol from weekend drinking or simply want to relax with friends over breakfast and lunch items, brunch is a staple here. A 2014 study from the University of Arizona even showed New York cared more about brunch than any other U.S. city.
When it comes to brunch in the NYC metro's BBQ scene, a few places stand out for their strong drinks and creative food options. Here are five you should try if you’re craving a fun barbecue brunch:
Blue Smoke, Manhattan - Sat & Sun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - The “Southern Brunch” at the Battery Park City location of Blue Smoke features items like sourdough waffles, smoked salmon & avocado toast, and fried chicken, egg, & pimento cheese sandwiches. You can also order traditional barbecue as well. See the brunch menu.
Butcher Bar, Queens - Sat & Sun from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m - Butcher Bar has a very well-liked brunch on weekends where you can build your own omelette with smoked meats, breakfast tacos, spicy eggs benedict, drunken rum french toast, and more. See the brunch menu.
Hamilton Pork, Jersey City - Sat & Sun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - There are several places you can get a good brunch in Jersey City, but Hamilton Pork has the meatiest. They served BBQ huevos rancheros, breakfast tacos, an elevated open-faced pork roll (a NJ staple), and much more. See the brunch menu (at the bottom).
Mable’s Smokehouse, Brooklyn - Sat & Sun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Mable’s is located in brunch-ville central (Williamsburg), but it stands out from the crowd with sweet & savory corn cakes, huevos rancheros, country stew and cornbread, and more. See the brunch menu.
Morgan’s Barbecue, Brooklyn - Sat & Sun from 12 to 4 p.m. - Morgan’s has a great blend of brunch staples like chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, avocado toast, and breakfast tacos, plus a few BBQ brunch items including brisket hash and farmhand brisket breakfast. See the brunch menu.
If none of these places are hitting the spot, you can also always go to top barbecue joints right when they open on the weekend to have a fun BBQ lunch as well. Let me know if I missed any good BBQ brunch spots you like and have a good weekend.
Founder, NYC BBQ
EAT ALL ABOUT IT
Here are the top BBQ and food stories in New York area this week:
For the entire month of February, Hill Country Barbecue Market in Manhattan is offering 10% off if you mention the words “Yellow Rose” to your server or bartender, likely referencing “The Yellow Rose of Texas.”
Popular Staten Island barbecue joint Corner House BBQ wants to open a new location West Brighton, but the proposed locale is facing strong opposition from local community leaders.
Also on Staten Island, the Italian restaurant Joe and John Toto’s will soon close and become an exciting new barbecue joint called Juicy Lucy BBQ. They will serve Juicy Lucy burgers (known for having cheese baked in the middle of the patty) as well as having a focus on pork ribs.
Here are the top BBQ (and related) food events coming soon to the New York metro area:
February 15: The Smorgasburg X Vice Night Market is back tonight with food, drinks, music, and more at the Villain space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. If you go, be sure to try Carnal’s short rib burger or other great vendor items. RSVP for free here.
February 22: Mable’s Smokehouse in Brooklyn will soon be hosting its third annual Dolly Parton Look-a-like Contest. This event will feature "fabulous judges, prizes for the top three winners, drink specials all night, barbecue, and the most dolled-up Dollies in town!" Buy tickets here.
February 23: The 2019 NYC Beer Week Opening Bash will take place at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. 75+ of the best breweries in the U.S. will offer up beer, plus lots of food vendors to help you soak it up. Buy tickets here.
March 9: Indulge in all the things you’re supposed to have in moderation at the Brooklyn Chocolate, Wine & Whiskey Festival at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. Enjoy free craft chocolate and liquor samples and much more. Buy tickets here.
March 23: Go wild on mac ‘n’ cheese at the Hoboken Mac & Cheese Festival just across the river in New Jersey. More than 10 vendors will be there, including House of 'Que and The Ainsworth. Buy tickets here.
April 13 & 14: Enjoy hot sauce samples from makers all over the world at the 7th annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. On top of samples, beer and BBQ will be available for purchase and there will be spicy food eating competitions to watch as well. Buy tickets here.
May 18: Mark your calendars for The World’s Fare 2019 at Citi Field in Queens. More than 100 vendors will come together and unite through authentic food, drink and music curated by the city’s leading culinary advocates. Buy tickets here.