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I’ve been attending trivia nights in New York for the past eight or so years, and I love it so much I even hosted trivia a few times in Brooklyn. So when I recently noticed that two of my favorite barbecue joints in NYC added trivia nights, I was ecstatic. Two of my favorite things in one place is something I can't say no to.
Here's where you can go if you also are interested in excellent food and trivia.
Hill Country Barbecue Market
First up is Hill Country Barbecue Market in Manhattan, which hosts trivia from the fine folks at NYC Trivia League on Tuesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. Each trivia night has five rounds with different topics, 10 questions each round, and each question is worth a point. Team size maximum is six people.
Second on the list is Mable’s Smokehouse in Brooklyn, which hosts trivia every Tuesday night starting at 8 p.m. Trivia here is also from NYC Trivia League, which means five rounds of trivia with diverse topics, 10 questions per round, and each question worth one point. Team size maximum is six people. What’s also great about this trivia night is the food special: two tacos (brisket or pulled pork) and one Founder’s Solid Gold beer for $10.
Know about any other local barbecue joints with trivia nights? Shoot me a note!
Founder, NYC BBQ
EAT ALL ABOUT IT
Here are the top BBQ and food stories in New York area this week:
Hank’s Saloon, a popular dive bar in Brooklyn, has just re-opened (see above) in the upstairs portion of Hill Country Food Hall. Hank’s will offer live music and will make HCFH a bigger attraction for the substantial after-work crowd in the area.
Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue in Gowanus has changed its hours and is now open seven days a week. Every day they’ll be open at noon and feature lunch specials on most days, including their well-liked chopped BBQ chicken sandwich with fries.
Izzy’s Taqueria, a new kosher barbecue taco joint that will be next to Izzy’s Brooklyn Smokehouse, is nearly ready to open. Owner and pitmaster Sruli “Izzy” Eidelman says the new place will be open in the next few weeks.
Red Hook Tavern, a highly anticipated new burger and fried chicken joint from Hometown Bar-B-Que’s Billy Durney, has fancy new signage on the door, indicating that it will be open soon.
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.