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Opry City Stage

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Overview:

An avenue away from Times Square you will find the new, massive Opry City Stage.  Inspired by the Grand Ole Opry, City Stage presents a broad range of great country music. Come for live shows and enjoy food provided by Blue Ribbon. The menu features southern classics and barbecue including Nashville hot chicken, pulled pork, gumbo, fried chicken and catfish. Great for a night out with a group. 

Information:

Address1604 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Phone: (212) 388-5565

Neighborhood: Midtown West

Price: $$-$$$


 

Her Name is Han

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Overview:

I won't pretend to know the first thing about "authentic" Korean food. But I know what I like and if the continuous line to get into Her Name is Han is any indication at all, this place is pretty damn good. The rustic-modern space is casual and fun. In terms of the menu there is a lot to choose from in a list of dishes that include homey Korean pots, noodles & BBQ. Options range from traditional offerings such as gochujang marinated pork rib and bulgogi to less traditional like fried avocados and corn croquettes. Food appears at your table quickly so this is a great option if you need to get in and out fast, or share a bunch of items with a group.

Information:

Address17 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016

Phone:  (212) 779-9990

Neighborhood: Koreatown

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

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Overview:

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is like the answer to the endless complaint: I have nowhere decent to eat near Penn Station. The casual, bustling space is outfitted with rows of traditional Korean BBQ tables and is packed with groups from open to close. The loud & fun atmosphere comes equipped with a show right at your table of servers grilling up a wide variety of premium beef and pork cuts on signature tabletop grills. Meats are heavily marbled and marinated to impart the most flavor. Supplement your meal with a huge list of vegetables and small plates like seafood soft tofu stew, spicy buckwheat noodles, house made kimchi and other assorted banchan (traditional Korean side dishes). Great any time of the day and especially fun for a late night hang. 

Information:

Address1 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

Phone:  (212) 966-9839

Neighborhood: Koreatown

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Blue Smoke


Overview

The original location of this BBQ hot spot opened in 2002 and has since expanded to Battery Park City, Citi Field & the Washington Nationals stadium. The spaces are expansive, loud, and great whether you want a quick beer or a meal with a big group. It's eat with your hands messy food. The snacks are soulful comfort food like warm chips with blue cheese & bacon dip, deviled eggs, and pimento cheese fry bread (hell yes). The smoked meat takes inspiration from different parts of the south. Order up any combo with ribs, pulled pork, brisket, lamb, spare ribs or chicken. Definitely keep them in mind for private dining, catering, and a subterranean jazz club in the Flatiron location. 

Information:

Address   

116 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

255 Vesey St, New York, NY 10282

Phone: (212) 447-7733

Neighborhood: Flatiron, Battery Park City

Website: http://www.bluesmoke.com/

Price: $$$

Good for: bbq, beer, groups, birthdays, bar scene, catering, private events, live music


 

Mile End Deli


Overview

I've often wondered why no one ever attempts to update Jewish food or make it hip. Just like any cuisine, Jewish food can be made cool. Enter, Mile End Deli.  Straight from Montreal these guys are smoking meat, putting it all over everything, and updating the food that I grew up loving in a Jewish household. They now have 3 locations, the best of which is a cozy diner with 4 tables, a few bar stools, and an open kitchen.  Judging from the lines you know that others have discovered how goddamn delicious the food tastes. Their smoked meat ends up on hash, poutine, and fresh rye bread piled high. They have offerings like chopped liver, reubens, and whitefish salad on bagels from their shop Blackseed. The Mile End team puts a real emphasis on monthly or seasonal/holiday specials so you will never get jaded with the food. Think smoked meat bao buns at Christmas and assorted latkes at Hannukah. 

Information:

Address215 E 4th St, New York, NY 10009

97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone:  (212) 529-2990

Neighborhood: Noho, Brooklyn   

Website : http://www.mileenddeli.com/

Price: $$

Attire: Casual

Good for: monthly specials, meat, sandwiches, breakfast food, updated jewish classics  


Pig Bleecker


Overview

Owners of my favorite summer time hang spot, Pig Beach, have opened a year-round venue in Greenwich Village. Unlike its sister, Pig Bleeker is contemporary and sleek...plus there's walls. Good god do I love the food that chef/owner Matt Abdoo pumps out of this kitchen. He describes his menu as “refined, smoke-centric comfort food." Lunch, dinner, and the soon-to-launch brunch are all a home run. At lunch time Abdoo serves up phenomenal sandwiches piled high with pit beef, smoked pastrami, double patty burgers, and muffalettas. At dinner you'll find refined comfort food like grandma's meatballs & lasagna with smoked duck ragu. They might have the greatest chicken on planet earth - smoked and then fried, served for the table with cheesy grits & waffles. Whether you go for sandwiches, fresh pasta, or a whole hunk of beef, every dish is guaranteed to delight. Easily my favorite restaurant opening of 2017. 

Information:

Address155 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

Phone:  (646) 756-5115

Neighborhood: Greenwich Village   

Website : http://www.pigbleeckernyc.com/

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: sandwiches, burgers, so much meat, families, date night, brunch 


 

The Green Street LIC


Information:

Address:  10-39 47th Rd, Long Island City, NY 11101

Phone: )646)-681-1109

Neighborhood: Long Island City

Websitehttp://www.thegreenstreetlic.com/

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: organic, gluten free, paleo-friendly, vegan, bbq, groups

Overview 

Green Street LIC is tucked away in a residential area that was desperately in need of some restaurant loving. Walk through the unassuming facade and you'll find a massive space with an all day coffee bar serving sandwiches & juices adjacent to a lively open kitchen. The lofty, industrial dining space is filled with communal tables all equipped with a barbecue pit. The cuisine is Korean BBQ that's largely organic, gluten free & paleo-friendly. Opt for one of their tableside BBQ sets that come with a staggering array of sides including spicy tofu stew, bibimbap, kiimchi & vegetables. Their double patty kimchi burger is a thing of beauty, good luck fitting it in your mouth. The menu is rounded out with ample salad, vegetable & small plate options like pajun (crispy Korean pancakes) and spicy fried chicken wings.  


 

GOTHAM MARKET AT THE ASHLAND

Photo : NY Times

Photo : NY Times


Overview

Over the last several years NYC has exploded with food halls. The people have spoken, and variety packed into one convenient space is what they want. The second Gotham Market location has opened in Fort Greene with some newcomers as well as existing New York favorites. This location is vast and modern industrial with tons of seating and full bars. Here you'll choose from 7 options and eat your way around the globe without walking more than 20 steps. Grab barbecue ribs at Mason Jar, lobster rolls as Crabby Shack, and juicy fried chicken from Flip Bird. You can also have a semi-formal dining experience from tapas experts at Boqueria. 

Information:

Address:  590 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 212.599.0520

Neighborhood: Fort Greene

Website : http://www.gothamorg.com/gotham-market-ashland

Price: $-$$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: families, groups, variety, pizza, brunch, takeout & delivery


 

Blue Smoke

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Let me tell you something about Danny Meyer. Everything this man touches is exceptional. I don’t need to visit his restaurants in person to tell you that the food will be consistent, the service will be unparalleled, and the atmosphere will have been choreographed to make you feel like you cant wait to come back.

Blue Smoke is a departure from the high(er) end restaurants typically found in the Union Square Hospitality Group family. Both locations are spacious, loud and very casual. There is ample beer on tap, whiskey for days, and the atmosphere is laid back. You can enjoy the vibe for dinner, lunch, brunch, and even take yourself downstairs to their subterranean jazz club if the mood strikes.

The menu is packed with every southern comfort staple you would hope to find at your local barbecue watering hole. Executive chef Jean Paul Bourgeois was trained in fine dining but brought his Louisiana routes to this menu. Almost every dish will kill you and dammit there is nothing wrong with that. The fresh cornbread madeleines are excellent as are the warm chips with blue cheese and bacon dip. I dream of their spicy fried chicken served on biscuit dough and drowning in pimento cheese. Why isn’t everything on earth served with pimento cheese? Finally, as the name promises, they have plenty of smoked meat and you can combined endless combinations of porky goodness with every side dish your heart desires. Don’t miss the mac n cheese, it’s like crack in a bowl. Here’s what we had:

CORNBREAD MADELEINES

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DEVILED EGGS

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WARM BARBECUE POTATO CHIPS - Blue Cheese & Bacon Dip

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BUTTERMILK BISCUITS - Daily Preservers

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SMOKED TROUT SALAD - Butter Lettuce, Radish, Red Potatoes, Buttermilk Herb Dressing

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CUSTARD FRENCH TOAST - Blackberry Syrup, Citrus Zest, Black Pepper Creme Fraiche

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LAMB BELLY HASH - Pickled Sweet Peppers, Sunny Side Up Egg

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BRIGHT-EYED BREAKFAST SANDWICH - Biscuit Doughnut, Fried Egg, Pimento Cheese, Spicy Fried Chicken

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BLUE SMOKE BURGER - Grilled Bacon, Choice of Cheese, Choice of Side

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MEAT AND 2 - Ribs, Burnt Ends, Baked Beans, Mac n Cheese

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MEAT AND 2 - Pulled Pork, Grits, Potato Salad

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BLOODY MARY

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Address : 255 Vesey St 

(212) 889-2005

Address: 116 E 27th St ·

 (212) 447-7733

http://www.bluesmoke.com/

Pig Beach

Here’s a sentence I never expected to say in my life: I found heaven in Gowanus last night. Heaven is located right on the canal, off the beaten path, at Pig Beach. Finding this is one of the more exciting things that’s happened to me.

You cant find spots like Pig Beach in Manhattan; you have to go to Brooklyn. It’s a giant booze and barbecue garden. The seasonal outdoor space is the brainchild of some restaurant heavy hitters. Rob Shawger, Shane McBride (Balthazar), Ed McFarland (Ed’s Lobster Bar), and Matt Abdoo (Del Posto) came together to open Pig Beach one year ago. They are members of the highly competitive BBQ circuit teams  Ribdiculous Bar-B-Krewe and Salty Rinse. They call their collaboration an “exciting new foray into the smoked meat universe.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

The venue is seasonal because it’s all outdoors. It’s a sprawling area with several dozen communal picnic tables. The outdoor bar is huge and slings local beer, wines on tap, and craft cocktails. Spanning the length of the venue is a massive outdoor smoker & grill area where you can watch pitmasters chop and dish up meat. Lots and lots of meat. Obviously, you can play corn hole under the white Christmas lights that hang from above you. Everyone is young and having fun. You’ll hardly notice that you’ve been sitting for 3 hours and have somehow crushed 6 pitchers of rose. Maybe that’s just me?

Now, for the food. Dear god do I love the food. They have all the BBQ greats on deck: pork shoulder, ribs, smoked turkey, hot sausages, and tri tip. I have never had meatier ribs, which was finished with a blow torch for cartelization. Their smoked & charred vinegar wings are meaty and delicious. They have a charred juicy burger that comes drowning in house pickles, white american cheese & secret sauce on a martins bun. They even have a veggie burger, if you want to do a thing like that.

In addition to the killer food, they have a guest pitmaster takeover series all summer long. They will play host to Mike Emerson & Skip Steele (Pappy’s Smokehouse, St Louis, MO), Chris Lilly (Big Bob Gibson, Decatur, AL), and Pat Martin (Martin’s BBQ, Nashville, TN). This way you can truly have a different experience every time you visit. Brilliant. You can buy tickets on their website. Go there, go often, drink in summer. Here’s what we had: 

Hatch Vinegar Wings - smoked, charred & slathered in our signature sauce

 

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Pit Master Deviled Eggs

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Karl Ehmer Hot Dogs

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Pig Beach Burger - house pickles, white american & secret sauce on a martins bun

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 Baby Back Ribs - championship red sauce & sticky honey glaze

 

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House Made Pickles - sweet & sour kirby cucumbers

Purple Coleslaw - smoked jalapeno & cilantro dressing

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Keylime Pie

 

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Address: Union St BR, New York, 11231

www.pigbeachnyc.com

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Brother Jimmy's

Photo : Brother Jimmy’s

Photo : Brother Jimmy’s

I could go to any restaurant in NYC. I work hard and food is generally what I choose to spend the fruits of that labor on. Among all of the innovative culinary meccas in this city, at the end of the day I really just want a bourbon on the rocks and some fried food in a place where I can be loud with my friends. Brother Jimmy's does that for me. 

This place isn't breaking the boundaries of food. It's just a good reliable bar with food that is much better than it needs to be. They have 3 locations in Manhattan all in high traffic areas. The spaces are huge, with multiple levels and dining rooms. You'll see southern knick knacks and sports memorabilia on the walls. The girls who work there wear clothing that barely covers their private parts. The crowd is young. The 22 year old me loved coming here to meet newly graduated frat boys. You'll also see lots of large post-work groups here for happy hour. Live music is frequent and pitchers of beer abound.  

Now for the food, I'm a huge fan admittedly. The menu is southern inspired with lots of bar classics, BBQ, and fried goodies layered in. Their barbecue wings are huge and addictively delicious. I have been known to take down two baskets of the best fried pickles I've ever had at their bar. Fried catfish bites, pimento cheese dip, and loaded cheese fries are some things I'd 100% recommend drunk snacking upon. 

Like any great bar they have a myriad of sandwich options. I giggled at the giant thick slabs of bologna on their sandwich with relish and mustard. It's surprisingly good & tastes like childhood. They offer freshly ground juicy burgers and perfectly crispy fried catfish sandwiches. My favorite is the insanely spicy hot chicken with pickles. Sop up that last bit of alcohol with an adorable cup of banana pudding. I honestly don't know why I'm not there right now. Here's what we had:

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PIMENTO CHEESE DIP - saltines, hot peppers & pickles

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FRICKLES - w/horseradish sauce

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CATFISH BITES- cornmeal crusted & served w/homemade roasted tomato sauce

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LOADED FRIES - pulled chicken. topped w/cheese, diced tomatoes, our original BBQ sauce & ranch

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BBQ WINGS - cut wings dusted w/our southern rub, smoked & basted w/our special sauce

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BBQ MINIS

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COUNTRY CATFISH- fried w/roasted tomato tartar sauce, avocado & tomato. served on Texas toast

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SMOKED BOLOGNA - w/mustard-mayo & pickle relish on Texas Toast

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DIXIE HOE CAKE - pulled pork. piled high on top a corncake w/cole slaw & chipotle BBQ sauce

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NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN - extra spicy, served on Texas toast w/extra pickles

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MAC N' CHEESE

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BANANA PUDDING

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Address: 116 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003

Phone:(212) 673-6465

www.brotherjimmys.com/