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Mighty Quinn's

Neighborhood: East Village
Address and phone: 103 2nd Ave (212-677-3733)

All of this hoopla about “real barbecue in New York City” seemed sensational, until I tried Mighty Quinn’s for the first time at Smorgasburg. When the BBQ operation opened a brick-and-mortar joint in the East Village, I flocked to Second Avenue as soon as the doors opened. Owner Hugh Mangum slow-cooks his barbecue with hardwood, resulting in gloriously juicy spare ribs, colossal beef ribs, immaculate brisket, and pulled pork which I really feel compelled to elaborate on. Yes, the pulled pork deserves more than a quick mention—it is smoky, sweet, with exceptional charred bits mixed into the meat. Have it by the half-pound or pound with sides like peas and edamame coated with goat cheese and mint, or pleasantly tangy coleslaw. NYC is upping its smoked meat game, and the result is pound upon pound of fatty, tender, meaty joy. — Erin Mosbaugh

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