New York

Battery Park City's BBQ

After 26yrs in the city, Blue Smoke's opening up a second location and bringing Battery Park the BBQ and bourbon it so desperately needs can handle, plating its pit-smoked victuals in a down-home space decked with dark plank floors, stacks of cut wood, huge commissioned photos from a cross-country road trip, and a stool- and banquette-laden bar area sporting a "drinking rail" foot rest, though it'll be the hooch that inspires someone to step up to having a train run on them. But it's not just the digs that're new: fresh drinks include a house-smoked, barrel-aged Manhattan, and a house Brooklyn brew on tap, while downtown-only bar snacks count ultra-crisp salt & vinegar pork rinds, grilled stuffed oysters, jars of pickled ruby red shrimp, and pork belly & fried bologna sliders, also a more realistic spinoff in which John Rhys-Davies travels through time, but instead of altering history he just eats shloads of fried bologna.

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