On this week’s Restaurant Hunter on FiOS1 Long Island, host Rob Petrone and East of NYC’s Publisher, Mark Levine took you on a tour of some of the best Southern Eats across the island. We’ve compiled Mark’s talking points along with supporting pictures of some great BBQ spots that you should definitely visit.
BBQ is everywhere these days, especially here on Long Island. We’ve been seeing wonderful things coming out of some kitchens lately and smoky, flavorful indulgences are what we’re always craving. Taking you along with us, we’re showing you a few spots to enjoy and get that BBQ fix that you’ve been jonesing for.
**Update: This location has closed. Instead of redoing the entire sewage system in the restaurant, as mandated by Suffolk County, Al Horowtiz has decided to close down due to the unforeseen and onerous expense. We’ll hear more soon about a new Suffolk location when it reopens. Their Massapequa location is still thriving.**
Al Horowitz has two Smokin’ Al’s locations on Long Island and their original, located in Bay Shore (second location in Massapequa) has been smoking the competition on the south shore. A mixture of bbq from different regions can be found here with oversized portions. With pulled pork, ribs and endless mounds of corn bread, diners will never leave the restaurant hungry. We highly suggest taking full use of the rolls of paper towels hanging out on each table – you’ll need them.
19 West Main Street
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Just across from Manhasset Bay (on the non-water side), Harbor Q is an industrial space that is treating locals to some mighty fine BBQ. Utilizing a smoker in the back of the restaurant, Owner and chef Keith Dorman is providing a cozy atmosphere on the tony North Shore where it’s ok to eat with your fingers and to lick them clean.
84 Old Shore Road
Port Washington, NY 11050
Townline BBQ has an ownership structure that is one of the best in the Hamptons (they own Nick & Toni’s, La Fondita and Rowdy Hall as well). With the wood burning smoker, bar area and outdoor dining (for the warmer months) this is the perfect spot if you’re heading out to or back from the Hamptons. If you’re dining alone or with a small group, you can meet a new friend at the long communal table in the middle of the restaurant. Any way you look at it, this restaurant is a win-win and with prices that are lower than expected in the Hamptons it is an affordable dining destination.
3593 Montauk Hwy
Sagaponack, NY 11962
A family-run restaurant, Tennessee Jed’s in Wantagh is a small, intimate and friendly BBQ restaurant located on Merrick Road in Wantagh. Meats are smoked with a blend of hickory and applewood, combining to create their unique flavoring. This is one serious spot for BBQ lovers on Long Island, just be prepared for a little bit of a wait on the weekends. But it is oh-so-worth it.
3357 Merrick Road
Wantagh, NY 11793