As recently as 10 years ago, New York City was considered a barbecue wasteland. Then gourmet pits representing various regional styles began popping up throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. And now barbecue is quickly taking the place of New York’s ubiquitous French bistros—which is fitting, because BBQ is the only inherently American style of cookery that can hold its own with the top international culinary traditions represented in the so-called Capital of the World.
A few weekends ago, the city celebrated the smoky flesh at the annual—and free—Hudson River Park Blues BBQ Festival, featuring NYC’s three top pits, Mighty Quinn’s, Delaney and Dinosaur, with dining music provided by five authentic blues outfits. If this is the South’s long-term strategy to take the North, it seems to be working.
Mighty Quinn’s server prepares a “plate”:
Slicing the brisket:
Sandwich with brisket, pickled cucumbers and chilies:
The stage during Shemekia Copeland’s performance:
Washing it down with style:
Photos courtesy of Stephanie Adams