Gowanus has places to day drink outdoors (Lavender Lake), eat with a big group (Insa), and get some good BBQ (Dinosaur BBQ). And it has Pig Beach - a place to do all three. This BBQ spot next to the canal has some indoor space, but it’s best when you can drink frozen cocktails with a bunch of friends in the huge outdoor courtyard. You don’t need to go out of your way for the food alone, but you won’t be upset sharing some brisket and mac and cheese, or the very messy cheeseburger, which you can get with one, two, or three patties.
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Lavender Lake could get away with being a just great bar with a large outdoor patio. However, it scores extra points from us for putting some care into curating a small but solid selection of bar snacks and entree sized plates.
My Cuban Spot
My Cuban Spot is a takeout window in Gowanus that serves really good rice bowls and some of the best sandwiches in Brooklyn.
A solid addition to Gowanus, Freek’s Mill is all about the wood-burning oven. It’s best when things don’t get too fussy.
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Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue
One of the best BBQ options in New York City, Might Quinn’s started at Smorgasburg and is becoming a smoked meat empire.
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.
Dinosaur BBQ isn’t the best barbecue you’ll ever eat. It is, however, our kind of dining establishment.
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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.
Pig Bleecker is a meat-focused restaurant in Greenwich Village. Come here when you want to do something very bad (but also good) for you.
Queens Bully is a BBQ spot in Forest Hills that’s good for day drinking with a group or watching sports on TV.
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