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NYC Barbecue Joints Not 'Authentic', Still Delicious

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New York City isn’t known for its barbecue. But for Pete Wells, who reviews restaurants for the New York Times, three barbecue joints come tantalizingly close.

Wells reviewed BrisketTown in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue in Gowanus, and gave top honors to Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque in Manhattan’s East Village.

“I think they’ve got a really nice balance there. The rub’s not too aggressive and they seem to have dialed in on the temperature and humidity business in their smoker,” Wells said.

Wells said that although these three spots are making great barbecue, he wouldn’t call them “authentic.”

“By definition nothing in New York is authentic because barbecue’s not from here,” Wells said. “We’re just recreating it, attempting to recreate it, but that’s what we do in New York.”

Wells spoke Thursday with WNYC’s Amy Eddings.