New York City’s best barbecue restaurant has expanded. Hometown Bar-B-Que is now open in Industry City in Sunset Park, serving up the brisket and lamb banh mi that made it a city favorite, as well as new menu items special to this location.
The smaller, 1,200-square-foot location has more of a deli bent to it, with a pastrami sandwich on rye with deli mustard and a turkey club joining the menu, plus Texas-style flour tortilla tacos. Variations include brisket with queso, salsa roja, white onion, and cilantro; pulled pork with cole slaw, fried onion, and spicy ranch; and Oaxacan chicken with salsa verde, pickled onion, and lime crema, all on flour tortillas made in house. (The original location does corn tortillas.) The sides and smoked meats are the same, as is the banana cream pudding dessert.
Owner Billy Durney is known for showcasing his love for New York City at his restaurants, and this new Hometown is no different. Photographs of NYC legends such as Dom DeMarco of Di Fara’s and the oldest-tenured server at Peter Luger hang on the wall, as well as of other people who have had an impact on Durney, like the founder of Beauty’s Luncheonette in Montreal and Tootsie Tomanetz of famed Snow’s BBQ in Texas. Still others show photos Durney likes from his favorite restaurants like Wo Hop and Katz’s.
“They’re all images of either mentors to me or iconic New York places that show the service staff, the spine,” he says. “It’s who really deserves the credits in the restaurants.”
The Industry City location is similarly a counter-service affair, with cutters similar to Katz’s and some seating up front. The rest of the space will be used for events like weddings, photo shoots, and private parties, as well as a commissary kitchen for all of Durney’s restaurants.
The menu and photos of the space and new dishes are below. Hometown Bar-B-Que in Industry City is now open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.