Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue
103 2nd Ave (between 6th and 7th street)
New York, NY 10003
Mighty Quinn’s has been in my neighborhood for more than a year now yet I had not gone until just recently. It wasn’t until Chrissy Teigen (my major celebrity crush) posted that she came with John (because Chrissy is my crush, I am on a first name basis with John too) that I decided I needed to go asap. The line is always really long but it moves quickly. I would definitely consider this a fast food kind of place. Food is ready made and tables are first come first serve. (Btw, I didn’t have my camera with me so have these gritty iPhone pictures.)
LAW got the Brisket Sandwich ($8.75), which seems to be the crowd favorite as seen on Yelp and first hand at the restaurant. The brisket is sliced in front of you after you order and you see the fatty juices gush out onto the cutting board. Looked very promising but ended up tasting mediocre. It lacked flavor (which is made up for by the gallons of Mighty Quinn’s BBQ sauce on all the tables) but was very tender. The bun was cold and dry, which definitely didn’t help. Sad, sad disappointment.
H.W. got the Brontosaurus Rib ($23), which comes with cole slaw, and medium Burnt End Baked Beans ($5.75). The brontosaurus rib is a HUGE piece of meat that falls right off of a massive bone. Like the brisket, the meat is also only mildly flavored but is super tender and beefy. H.W. loved it and said he’d get it every time.
E.C. got the Brisket Sandwich ($8.85) and a side of Smoked Sausage ($6.50). I thought the sausage was pretty good, but was nothing special. Tastes like how it looks. Savory and smokey, with not much else. Would have been nice to have a sweetness or something…
I got the Spare Ribs ($8.95), which were only delicious on one end at the fattiest part near the cartilage. The rest was slightly dry and like all the meats (it seems), not very flavorful. They were still finger lickin’ good with the BBQ sauce, so I’ll probably get this again when I come next time, but definitely wasn’t excellent.
LAW and I shared a small Buttermilk Broccoli and Bacon Salad ($3.25). I regretted getting this immediately after because I saw the Edamame & Sweet Pea Salad, which looked much more interesting. The buttermilk broccoli salad was good, but very standard. Tasted like a side you’d find at any decent deli in NYC.
I’ve saved the best for last. LAW and I also shared a medium Burnt End Baked Beans ($5.75), which I think is the best thing in the house. The beans are cooked with a TON of meat, not even just burnt ends. Parts of the meat are charred, parts are soft and fatty. My biggest issue with Mighty Quinn’s barbecue meats is that they are too bland. Because the burnt ends are cooked in this delicious sweet and savory baked beans soup, they are wonderfully flavorful. This side is also super heavy. LAW and I probably only ate a quarter of it. The rest of it we took home and had with some steaming white rice the next day (weird, yes, but surprisingly tasty).
I would probably give the place 3.5 stars out of 5. It’s pretty solid. I would definitely go again because I like the quick and dirty vibe and the prices aren’t too bad (unless you get the Brontosaurus Rib).