John Brown Smokehouse
25-08 37th Avenue (Crescent Avenue), Long Island City, Queens; (718) 361-0085. Set in the middle of nowhere, these are the best burnt ends I’ve had, including Kansas City, and the best lamb sausage I’ve had, ever. The pastrami is the other winner. Quite possibly this is the best barbecue on the entire East Coast and it is one of the better barbecue experiences in the country. Here is one review.
They let me sample about five other dishes, and while they were very tasty they did not compare to the absolute winners cited above.
Me: “I know this is a stupid question, but how come the food here is so good?”
The Pitmaster: “That’s how we make it.”