In today's New York Times, Peter Meehan says The Big Apple May Never Be Known as the Big Sparerib, but It’s Smokin’: "New York’s barbecue scene may be missing a lot of things — like dirt roads and screen doors and decades of deep-seated tradition — but love for barbecue in the city is strong. And in the past couple of years the product has caught up to the passion. Restaurants that hobbled out of the gate have hit their strides. The best pits in and around the city have gotten better." Whether you live in the city, are planning to visit or just love barbecue, it's worth reading for Meehan's descriptions of what to eat at the nine best places to get barbecue in and around NYC.
Oh, if the mere idea of good barbecue in the Big Apple seems ludicrous to you, Pete Wells says you should "remember that almost none of the food New York does best is from around here. Every day I ride the subway past stations named for Dutch settlers but I don’t eat anything that Peter Stuyvesant would recognize. The same goes for the people who were here before Stuyvesant. All our New York City food traditions come from some place else. That’s what New York does: we import, we borrow, we imitate, we expropriate, we steal. Usually at first, we do those things badly. Sometimes we get better and once in a while we get inspired and come up with a spectacular sushi bar or French bistro or pizzeria."
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