The best barbecue in New York is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in a converted garage between an auto repair shop and a grocery store. One-part New York deli and one-part central Texas, the industrial-looking Fette Sau is set back from the street and easy to miss, making it feel somewhat like a secret.
Through a chain-link fence, and beyond the outdoor picnic tables, you’ll find the best spot for dry-rubbed, no-sauce-applied barbecue. While the menu changes often – Fette Sau uses organic or small-family farmed heritage breed animals exclusively – the offering is nothing short of exceptional. From pork options (hand-pulled Berkshire shoulder, St. Louis-style pork ribs, ham, sausage) to beef (brisket, boneless ribs, black Angus sirloin tip) there’s something for all meat lovers. Meat is clearly the mainstay here, but I argue that the sides are equally, if not more, compelling: Freshly-baked rolls, potato salad, baked beans, half-sour kosher pickles, and sauerkraut, to name a few.
Special tip: Overwhelmed by the menu? Simply ask the server to prepare a tasting platter for the number of people in your party. This way, you can try a bit of everything.
While you’re in Williamsburg:
Still have room for dessert? Head to one of the best spots for sweets in Brooklyn (check the Momofuku Milk Bar article). If you’re ready for a tiki cocktail, just cross the street to one of the best dive bars in the neighborhood (check The Commodore article).