The people behind Smorgasburg favorite Mighty Quinn's recently opened a real restaurant in the East Village. Gone are the days when people had to wait in long, sweaty lines for some of pitmaster Hugh Mangum's smoked meats, and early reviews indicate that the quality has not diminished in the transition. The prices are below what many of the big barbecue joints in the city are charging, and so far people are saying excellent things about the brisket. The space is located on 2nd Avenue and 7th Street, a corner that has housed a slew of failed restaurants in recent years, most recently Vandaag, but if these reviews hold true, it may have finally found a tenant that is here to stay.
The "Nomnom" News: A Yelper files this glowing review: "Dangerously and deliciously — this place is right around the corner from me. You better believe that I will soon become an ultimate regular here but for now let me pace myself and tell you the good stuff. The pulled pork. Done. Delicious and scrumptious and rather cheap. The ribs. Perfect and juicy and ultimately amazing. Baked Beans. Put it on everything because why not and YUM. Brisket.... nomnomnomnomnom. Everything. The Best. Honestly if you have a hankering for some delicious bbq, this place will not disappoint." [Yelp]
The Dry News: One Eater commenter is disappointed: "went recently and both the pork and brisket were bland and super dry. was hoping for much more based on their reputation." [Eater Comments]
The Underwhelming News: A second review, this time on Yelp, also mentions issues with moistness: "Ordered a Brisket sandwich the first time I went in. Guy cutting it was putting a lot of weight when he was pressing down to cut it...When I saw this I hoped he didn't squeeze all that natural juice out. When I took a bite into the brisket sandwich, it was soft, but then some of them were dry. The consistency was off. The taste was okay with the smoked sauce, but the sauce tasted like it was watered down." [Yelp]
The Mostly Good News: Robert Sietsema of the Village Voice offers his take after a first visit: "The spare ribs are worth ordering, a bit dainty and scented with cumin. Not as good as the brisket, but providing plenty of solid rib pleasure for the price. The only thing I didn't like was the sausage, which is pale and limpid and low on flavor. The beans with burnt brisket edges are spectacular, the creamy and un-creamy cole slaws fine." [FitR]
The Brisket News: The people behind Snackish.com are especially pleased by the brisket: "We stopped in for a late lunch and I ordered the excellent brisket sandwich ($8.50), which had a perfect mix of cuts with tender meat, fat, and crunchy burnt ends. If anything, I could have used a few more crunchy bits. A dollop of classic barbecue sauce added a tangy bite, as did various add-ons: coleslaw, pickles, and pickled onions. This style of brisket is a definite contrast to the lean, peppery Montreal-style smoked meat sandwich served at nearby Mile End Sandwich, with Mighty Quinn's roll supplying a sturdier base for all the vinegary, pickley odds and ends." [Snackish]
The Great News: Another Yelper writes: "Great meat, great sides, great beers, great price, great space. This place is awesome. Love it. Delicious brisket and pulled pork. Didn't try the ribs but will next time. They have 6 beers on tap. The burnt ends baked beans was amazing - so much meat in there! Way better than Hill Country. As good as Delaney BBQ. Go there!" [Yelp]
The More Smoke News: Another Eater commenter doesn't think the barbecue is smoky enough: "I ate there a few days ago. Briskest was pretty good, the pulled pork not so good. It needed more smoke and loger cook time, also some Carolina type sauce would have worked." [Eater Comments]
The Oxymoronic News: The man behind 100dinnersnyc.com gives a detailed account of his recent meal: "Somehow despite only being open for a week, Mighty Quinn's already feels like part of the neighborhood. The casual atmosphere combined with some amazing barbeque?well, I think it'll fit in nicely. Maybe that's what they meant when I read what they said, 'Our barbeque is familiar and still unlike any barbeque you have ever had'."[100 Dinners]
The Slaw News: This Foursquare review is one of many to mention which of the two slaws offered should be ordered: "The brisket & the pulled pork are both incredibly well done. And surprisingly, the BBQ sauce is good enough to be worth putting on top. Remember: vinegar slaw, not creamy."
The "Beyond Awesome" News: For a review as well as some barbecue porn, check out this tweet: "@MightyQuinnsBBQ Brisket, pork and ribs were beyond awesome. Still day dreaming about it.....damnit now I'm hungry." [Twitter]
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— Aaron Baer-Harsha