All other NYC BBQ ‘straunts are in the minor leagues compared to Mighty Quinn’s BBQ. This is the big leagues.
- Why it’s worth it: Mighty Quinn’s spare ribs and brisket are instant conversation stoppers. They slow-cook their barbecue with hardwood only (no gas allowed) and serve meat that is raised on pastures or outdoors.
- Vibe/Layout: The entrance to this ‘straunt is a glass garage door that opens on nice evenings. The reclaimed wood tables and stacks of oak, cherry and apple lend warmth to the inside of the ‘straunt, which is filled with a communal table, bar seating with windows for people watching on 6th Street and private seating.
- Ideal meal: Brisket or spare ribs with a side of sweet potato casserole or pommes frites
- F.Y.I.: There is no waiter service here; you order what you would like from the register and sit anywhere you please.
- People behind Mighty Quinn’s: Mighty Quinn’s got its start as a stall at Smorgasburg, where pit master Hugh Mangum, a drummer and cook who worked under Jean-Georges Vongerichten, drove each weekend hauling brisket he had smoked in Hunterdon County, N.J. The meat was deliberately, slowly sliced, and the lines were notoriously long.
- Address: East Village, 103 2nd Ave (6th St and 2nd Ave)
- Prices: Most meats, $7 to $8.50 a serving or $12 to $22 a pound; sides, $3 for small, $5.75 for medium, $11.25 for large