Fire Up the Grill!

Don’t let the weird calendar glitch fool you! There’s still one weekend of “real” summer left, and it’s a holiday weekend, which means it’s time to fire up the grill. Unless, of course, you don’t have a grill, or are too lazy to fire up the one you do have. In which case, check out these recommendations for barbecue joints from the Michelin Guide:

Daisy May’s BBQ (Midtown West)

Honey, grab your appetite and head straight for Daisy May’s for some down-home finger-lickin’-good barbecue on Manhattan’s wild West Side. This sweet spot, complete with its barn-meets-school-cafeteria look, defies its location just northwest of the bright lights of Broadway. You’ll find a motley bunch—everyone from bankers to bikers frequents this place for its fantastic food and friendly atmosphere. Service-wise, you’re on your own at Daisy’s, where you place your order at the counter and are rewarded with a cardboard tray filled with chicken, ribs, pulled pork, or brisket with fixin’s (Cajun dirty rice, baked beans, corn bread) alongside. They don’t serve alcohol, but the minty iced tea served in mason jars will quench your thirst.  

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (Harlem)

The sumptuous smell of smoking meat carries beyond the block, beckoning barbecue lovers for miles. With a roadhouse-style vibe similar to its Syracuse counterpart, this upbeat, unpretentious eatery sports a casual, family-friendly setting with large tables, a lively bar, and fantastic food. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s monstrous menu demands a colossal appetite—options are as delicious as they are plentiful. For a starter, try the Jumbo BBQ chicken wings, smoked in-house and doused with your choice of sauce (go for the Wango Tango), complete with bleu cheese dressing. Next, order up the ribs and half chicken combo served with honey hush cornbread and a choice of two sides. After your mammoth meal, buy a bottle of Dino-BBQ sauce to take home. 

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Hill Country (Flatiron)

Lively, very casual, and a whole lot of fun, owner Marc Glosserman brings this Texas-size roadhouse to space-challenged New York, with two floors of patrons flocking for fantastic barbecue that stands out in the recent boom. A lower level stage fills the space with loud, live country music (a nod to its Austin roots), making this a festive spot for groups and families alike. Cords of oak fuel massive smokers to re-recreate a truly Texan Hill Country experience. Flintstone-size ribs are sold by the pound. Kreuz sausages, straight from Lockhart, are sold by the link. Have your meal ticket stamped then head over to the trimmings counter for authentic homestyle sides. Takeout and delivery are good options for those who prefer more traditional service.

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The Smoke Joint (Brooklyn)

You may leave smelling of hickory smoke, but the taste left in your mouth from this fantastic barbecue joint is worth the hungry stares you’ll get from fellow subway riders. Settle down, grab a beer and dig into seriously smoky ribs coated with “jointrub”—a secret house recipe—and sandwiches, all served with a variety of sauces, including the lip-smacking-good “jointsmoke” and the spicy “hollapeno” varieties. Sides include the usual suspects, but the cayenne-spiked mac and cheese and the smoky, molasses-flavored barbecued beans are fantastic. Despite its location near the esteemed Brooklyn Academy of Music, the setting is laid-back, and the staff is energetic, smiling, and just plain fun. Great prices leave an even better taste in your mouth.

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