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Barbecue Hit Mighty Quinn’s Is Expanding Its NYC Empire With Two New Locations

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Plus Thai restaurant Fish Cheeks is doing a collaboration with quirky ice cream chain OddFellows — and more intel

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Mighty Quinn is opening two new counter service spots inside Madison Square Garden
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Mighty Quinn’s is getting even bigger in NYC

Barbecue favorite Mighty Quinn’s is expanding its NYC footprint with two new locations inside Madison Square Garden. The first of the two quietly opened on January 9, and the second is set to open by the end of this month. Both locations are counter-service spots and will be the only ones in NYC serving the chain’s signature black cherry barbecue ribs sandwich. The two new locations mark the 10th and 11th locations for the chain, which first got started as a stall at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg.

Success in Williamsburg propelled pit master and co-founder Hugh Magnum to open his first full-service restaurant in the East Village at the end of 2012. The restaurant earned two stars from New York Times critic Pete Wells who wrote that “Mighty Quinn’s comes as close to delivering on all fronts as any barbecue place the city has seen so far.” The chain has since become one of the best barbecue destinations in the city. Mighty Quinn’s also has locations in Westchester, New Jersey, and Dubai.

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