Mothership Meat Company is from the same people behind John Brown Smokehouse, and it has some similarly solid barbecue. We particularly like the ribs and the sausage, and the brisket is pretty decent as well. But our favorite thing about this place is the back patio. It’s huge, and once you order at a counter inside, you claim a table there and camp out for a bit. If you have some time to kill on a weekend afternoon and you don’t happen to live in Long Island City, it’s worth a trip.
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Studio Square is a big indoor/outdoor bar in Astoria where they play sports games on movie-theater-sized projector screens.
Tournesol is a French small plates restaurant in Long Island City that’s ideal for casual date night.
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Butcher Bar is a decent barbecue restaurant in Astoria that works for a casual weeknight dinner.
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
Gyu-Kaku is a Japanese BBQ restaurant in Midtown that’s fun for a big group and good for kids.
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The best BBQ in New York City resides in Red Hook, in a Texas-style dining hall of sacred smoked meats known as Hometown Bar-B-Que.
John Brown Smokehouse
While we enjoyed our time with John Brown Smokehouse, we didn’t quite go crazy over the BBQ the way others have. Though if you and your crew appreciate trays full of BBQ and massive bootfuls of beer, John Brown should be on the radar.
Morgan’s BBQ is some of the best barbecue you can get without having to go down to Red Hook for Hometown.
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