Bill Fletcher and Matt Fisher slap a heap of bold flavor onto their bird at this Gowanus ’cue cafeteria. Before a four-hour smoking over red oak and sugar maple, the poultry is covered in a dry rub of 30-plus seasonings (allspice and thyme are in the mix). It gets a glistening glaze of tangy Red Hook Red barbecue sauce at the finish.
The smoked brisket is the pièce de résistance of Hugh Mangum’s critical darling. Simply seasoned with a salt-pepper-paprika rub and lovingly smoked for up to 22 hours in the J&R, the beef is a minimalist masterpiece, moist with a hefty top cap—request slices from the fatty end—and charred, flavorful bark. The only thing more delicious than the generous pile of meat is the bargain-bin price.
Brisket may be in the name of Food & Drink winner Daniel Delaney’s Williamsburg joint, but his pork ribs—pepped up with a paprika-and-cayenne rub—are just as top-notch. Attentively smoked in an oak-fueled fire, the glistening meat are so tender and juicy, it won’t take long for you to blow through the roll of paper towels at your table. $13.00 for ½ lb.
Healthy eaters will be happy to know they have another option in Hell’s Kitchen, whether you want to dine in or take your food to go. Purektchn serves up mainly vegan and vegetarian fare, though you’ll find a few shrimp and tuna dishes on the menu. The restaurant uses only organic ingredients, with no added sugar or fried foods in sight. At breakfast, you might want to go sweet with an acai bowl topped with granola ($9.95) or a Green Sunshine smoothie ($7.50). For lunch or dinner, you might opt for one of their hearty salads, like the avocado-beet number or the caesar salad with coconut “bacon” and chickpea croutons (both $9.95). The menu also includes plenty of bowls, like the baked falafel bowl with beet hummus ($10.95), shrimp sushi bowl with rice ($10.95), nori and spicy cashew sauce or the butternut squash bowl with lentils, cauliflower and kale ($10.50).
Venue says: “Vegan–friendly health food Eatery. Nothing fried, no added sugars, no chemicals, 100% pure and organic ingredients. - Dine–in or take–out.”