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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If you’re looking to eat BBQ in New York City, it should be at one of these 14 spots.
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Kick Axe Throwing
Kick Axe Throwing is a place in Gowanus where you can drink beer while you learn how to throw an axe.
Claro is a great Oaxacan-inspired restaurant that’s even better when you’re sitting in the backyard.
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.
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If you’re looking or a sandwich in Industry City and don’t feel like eating a massive mound of meat at Hometown Bar-B-Que, stop by Ends Meat.
The Meat Hook
The Meat Hook is a butcher in Williamsburg that operates a restaurant inside Threes Brewing in Gowanus.
Butcher Bar is a decent barbecue restaurant in Astoria that works for a casual weeknight dinner.
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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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