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Mighty Quinn’s

Restaurants, Barbecue East Village
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
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Photograph: Virginia RollisonBrontosaurus rib at Mighty Quinn's Barbeque
 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia RollisonBaked beans at Mighty Quinn's Barbeque
 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia RollisonPulled pork at Mighty Quinn's Barbeque
 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia RollisonCucumber and celery pickles at Mighty Quinn's Barbeque
 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia RollisonMighty Quinn's Barbeque

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Many of Gotham’s barbecue sanctuaries claim legitimacy via faithfulness to one specific tradition, but meat buff Hugh Mangum takes a different tack. Drawing on the Carolinas (mustard and vinegar) and Texas (dry rub), the chef melds traditions from his father and in-laws, respectively, into a self-styled “Texalina” category. In the bright former Vandaag space—now staged with white-painted brick, Edison lightbulbs and stacks of splintered logs—’cue-hounds can dig into superlative statehopping grub that upends purist ideals with gut-busting glory.

ORDER THIS: The simple chalkboard menu lists just six proteins (including brisket, sausage and spareribs) and four sides, above a cafeteria-style assembly line. Load up your tray with the behemoth Brontosaurus Rib: The crispy, blackened beef is enhanced by only a sprinkle of Maldon salt after a ten-hour session over embers. Counter workers finish the top-notch pulled pork—rubbed with paprika, cumin and sugar and cooked for 12 hours—with just a squirt of the house-made Texalina sauce, a slightly sweetened ketchup-vinegar condiment pepped up with mustard. Fill up your tray with meaty baked beans, fortified with burnt ends, and a rustic sweet-potato casserole studded with pecans, plus bright cucumber and celery pickles to cut through all the richness.

GOOD FOR: Smorgasburg groupies sniffing out smoke-accented proteins. Mangum earned devotees slinging brisket at the Kings County weekends-only food bazaar. Fans can now chow down seven days a week, without having to balance a mounded plate while dodging hungover Williamsburg shoppers. In addition to seating at communal wooden tables (and all-weather cover), the newfound restaurant comforts include cold craft beer: Sixteen options, such as Founders’ Dirty Bastard ale and Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA, are available in drafts and growlers or in bottles.

THE CLINCHER: The fare may have down-home origins, but fine-dining alum Magnum (Nougatine) finesses the old-school craft with exceptional ingredients. The all-natural meat—Berkshire and Duroc heritage-breed hogs, pasture-raised and grain-finished Angus beef—is cooked over oak, apple and cherry woods in a 7,000-pound smoker that fires 24 hours a day, perfuming the joint with a campfire aroma. Sure, the modern digs and young patrons exude East Village cool, but that distinctive smoke is pure south-of-the-Mason-Dixon sizzle.

By: Caitlin Griffith



Address: 103 Second Ave
New York
Cross street: at 6th St
Transport: Subway: 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average pound of brisket: $25. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30am-11pm; Fri, Sat 11am–midnight
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Users say (5)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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I cant help but drool when I think of Mighty Quinn's. First saw them while waiting in line for the ramen burger in Williamsburg, they too had a long line. We saw them again the next day at the Smorgasburg in Dumbo and had to try it. At first we were going to get the 'small' portion since it was $5, but when we saw how small it was compared to how huge the big is, might as well go big! We tried both brisket and the pork. Probably the most tender meat I have ever had! They wiped our bread bun w/ the juices from cutting the meat on their cutting board. Pure deliciousness!!!!! Totally worth the 30 min wait, and worth the $9, worth the hype! If you like bbq, you will not be disappointed!


As a Florida native, I crave southern food here and there, and Mighty Quinn’s is the best barbeque I’ve had in the city. Full disclosure, I’ve only had the pulled pork, baked beans and sweet potato casserole because that is my barbeque go to, but theirs is great.

The restaurant is fast casual, so you order from a line and then walk to your seat with the food like an upscale BBQ Chipotle. I’ve had Mighty Quinn’s on a few different occasions and each time it was satisfying and worth the wait.

Not being a meat eater means I can't really have a whole meal at Mighty Quinn's, but it doesn't stop me from salivating over their sweet-potato casserole. It's the stuff of magic, and it's cheap, too.


Visited the Chelsea branch after reading many positive reviews labelling The Mighty Quinns as one of the best BBQ joints in NY. I was not let down. The brisket was superb, and the sides were equally as great. Mighty Quinns i'll see you soon!