New York City is known for its rich culinary offerings from around the world, but there's nothing like a plate of traditional barbecue to really satisfy your craving for the best American cuisine has to offer.
Fortunately, you can enjoy a night of digging into smoked ribs, brisket, and all the fixings at one of these great barbecue spots in Brooklyn. From a barbecue Hall in Red Hook to Korean barbecue in Gowanus, there's no shortage of great spots to get some BBQ in Brooklyn any time of year.
For over five years, Mable's Smokehouse and Banquet Hall has been serving up Southern barbecue in the heart of hipster Williamsburg. Dine on a Frito pie at this festive neighborhood favorite, which is a great drinking and dining destination. Meat lovers will salivate over their pulled pork platter, and if you don't have a vegetarian in tow, you should consider ordering Family style.
Mable's is also one of the best barbecue places in the city for vegetarians because the options are plentiful. Order the Veggie Sloppy Joe, which will make you feel as if you're one of the gang as you dine alongside your meat-eating friends. The menu also notes which foods are actually veggie. Besides ordering mixed greens, other veggie treats include beans, pickled beets, and many other tasty eats. If you wind up at Mabel's for brunch, you can order the veggie-friendly Huevos Rancheros.
Once awarded the title "Rib King of New York" this Gowanus Barbecue joint is a "small scale barbecue restaurant smoking our fare over maple and red oak."
This casual beloved Brooklyn spot supports local farms by using meat from farm cooperatives. As a result, Fletcher's churns out fresh and tasty barbecue with meat that isn't chock full of antibiotics, hormones, and other additives.
Order at the counter, sit at a large wooden table, and enjoy your eats here, but don't forget to top it with their barbecue sauce. Meat lovers, this is one of the top spots for serious barbecue lovers but prepared for a wait as the place gets crowded most nights of the week.
Vegetarians don't have too many options but can fill up on mac n cheese, collard greens and pickles, or save your calories for Fletcher's tasty banana pudding.
This enormous atmospheric barbecue restaurant in Red Hook seems like it's straight from Texas.
Hometown has "authentic, pit-smoked meats prepared with the classic Southern technique" and also an incredible menu of drinks including local drafts and wines. Order a half pound of brisket, pulled pork, lamb belly, turkey, or a pound of beef ribs. The menu is brimming with BBQ favorites including Vietnamese hot wings, pulled pork sandwiches, and spare ribs.
Sides come in small, medium, and large, so vegetarians can gorge on backyard potato salad and whiskey pickles.
Pig Beach is a seasonal BBQ restaurant and bar housed in the same location as one-time summer local favorite, Swan Dive. Order smoked baby back ribs or pork shoulder at this casual outdoor restaurant and bar housed on a waterfront lot next to the Gowanus. Play corn hole and then dine on a pulled pork sandwich and quench your thirst with a brew or a mixed drink. You have to get there soon, since this place shutters when the weather gets cold.
For vegetarians, the menu has a "Where's the Meat?!" burger made from chickpea and quinoa, which can be served with house-made pickles or purple coleslaw. If you have a sweet tooth, don't forget to order the Buckeye, a peanut butter chocolate ball that is apparently an Ohio favorite.
When this upstate BBQ restaurant opened an outpost in Brooklyn, it made foodie news. Dinosaur BBQ located on the Gowanus/Park Slope border packs in a crowd and is a favorite among BBQ lovers. The menu includes barbecue pit plates which come with pork ribs, two sides, and cornbread. Basically, you won't leave hungry. The extensive menu includes sandwiches, burgers, and other divine eats.
Vegetarians also have a great menu to choose from at Dinosaur BBQ. Not only can they enjoy a number of side dishes, but Dino BBQ also offers a BBQ Vegetarian Burger—made with smoked cremini mushrooms, quinoa, and chickpeas—as well as the Smoked Veggie Melt, which is made with an assortment of veggies covered in cheese. If you've got your family along with you, they also have a great kid's menu.
There are two reasons to go to Insa. The number one reason is for the stellar Korean BBQ. The other is to grab a few friends and book a room at the karaoke bar at this Korean BBQ restaurant in the Gowanus. If you're shy, you can loosen up with an Insa Mai Tai. After a drink you can peruse their songbook and belt out a tune. As you sing, order Korean BBQ. Feast on Yangnyum Galbi, Chadolbaegi and other BBQ as you sing a Mariah Carey classic.
Vegetarians: You've hit the jackpot at Insa with a plethora of veggie options including Bibimbap, Dolsot Bibimbap, Japchae and other veggie dishes. You'll definitely have enough energy to sing all night long.
If you're heading to a game or an event at Barclays Center, you should fill up on BBQ at Morgan's Barbecue on Flatbush Avenue. Order Texas style BBQ, and enjoy a Frito pie, a pulled pork sandwich, pork ribs, and other classics. Sit outside in the warmer weather as you devour the tastiest grub at Morgan's.
Vegetarians will be pleased with the menu, which could even satisfy a vegan. They have an extensive mac n cheese menu, which includes vegan mac n cheese, as well as an extensive selection of salad, baked potatoes, and a slew of other sides.
If you're a Williamsburg foodie, you've probably been involved in a debate if Fette Sau or Mable's is the best barbecue in the hood. Well, it's up to you to decide. Fette Sau, housed in a former garage is another neighborhood favorite. The name, which translates to fat pig, has a limited menu of barbecue made with antibiotic and hormone free meat, but the classics are all there including ribs, pork belly, etc. served on a metal tray. Despite being open for almost a decade, the restaurant still packs quite a crowd, get there early.
For vegetarians, the menu is limited, but they can order Cora's Broccoli Salad, Dantes Potato Salad, pickles, and other sides. Fortunately, their selection of local beers and cocktails like the Staten Island—which has Applejack, Hard Cider, Squeeze of Lemon—more than make up for the limited veggie options.