Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s Gowanus location (there’s a big outpost in Harlem, the original in Syracuse, and a few others throughout NY state) is a useful place to know about. It’s in a huge space that looks like a converted barn, so it’s big enough for your most popular friend’s birthday party, but it’s also good for a casual lunch or dinner with kids - or even eating pit-smoked chicken wings alone at the bar and watching sports on TV. Regardless of why you’re here, make sure to get the crunchy, cheesy fried green tomatoes.
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If you’re in Gowanus, and you need a normal bar that’s just a little nicer than a dive, go to Halyards. There’s a pool table and occasionally a DJ.
Pig Beach is a BBQ spot in Gowanus with a huge outdoor area that’s best for day-drinking with a group.
Baba’s Pierogies is a bright, modern-looking spot in Gowanus that serves a bunch of different types of pierogies.
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The Dumbo location of Shake Shack is right across the street from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Order to-go and eat your burger in the park.
Peaches Hothouse is a casual restaurant in Bed-Stuy where you can find some good Nashville-style hot fried chicken.
Restaurant rotisserie chicken that we don't mind paying up for? It exists, in Hell's Kitchen of all places. Get Poulette in your Midtown lunch rotation.
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Claro is a great Oaxacan-inspired restaurant that’s even better when you’re sitting in the backyard.
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.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new favorite BBQ spot. Situated inside what used to be an old auto body shop, this gutted garage is raging every night of the week.
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