New Yorkers love their BBQ. If you doubt that, try going to the Big Apple BBQ Fest at the beginning of the summer in
Bryant Park Madison Sq. Park (I’m retarded). I had read tons about it- but couldn’t believe what I saw when I actually went. People waiting hours in line to buy these tiny $7 plates of BBQ from different vendors from across the country. And if you want to try all the different choices, you’ve got to go with an entourage of friends, each waiting in a separate line. Go alone and you have to sit in 3 different one hour lines to get what would be considered a meals worth of food. And worst of all- what does it say about the BBQ places in New York City? Are they so bad that you’d be willing to wait an hour for four baby back ribs from Illinois.
Well, despite people’s willingness to wait hours in line every June in Madison Sq. Park, there are *some* decent BBQ places in NYC. Which one is the “best” is always up for debate- you know, when people aren’t arguing about where to get the “best” burger in town. (Actually the irony of the BBQ fest being in Madison Sq. Park was not lost on me. It is also home to the longest burger line in New York City.)
Lucky for us in Midtown there is no real dispute as to where the best BBQ is. Seeing that Dinosaur, R.U.B., and Blue Smoke are all outside of Midtown- it leaves only one true choice for the best BBQ (for the purposes of this blog of course). Daisy May’s BBQ. (Beware those of you who feel the need to speak up for Virgil’s on 44th… unless you want to be accused of being a tourist who knows nothing of good BBQ).
The actual Daisy May’s restaurant is on 11th Ave. & 46th St., but they have graced Midtown with the presence of THREE carts serving BBQ sandwiches and chili during lunchtime. I thought everyone knew about Daisy May’s… but once again, I brought my sandwich back to my desk, and the guy next to me asked where I got it. I had to answer “The BBQ cart. You know… the one that is right outside the entrance of our building”. Of course, this is the same guy who asked if my sandwich from Cosi was a falafel… (If you work next to someone like this- and I know you do, please forward them a link to this blog. They need our help the most…)
Pictures, where you can find the three different carts, and the +/- after the jump… Read more »