Secret BBQ Oasis in Chelsea

13 Jul

Only during the summer and only on Tuesday nights, East of Eighth transforms its back garden into an all-you-can eat BBQ fest for $25. Chef Marty serves up dry-rubbed, long-smoked brisket, lamb, chicken, ribs and salmon. Apps and sides include guac, salsa, corn relish, cucumber salad, marinated beets, coleslaw, green beans, grits and plenty more (all made in-house). Plus neverending baskets of bread and blue tortilla chips. Wine list very reasonable—since rosé goes well with BBQ, we tried the Le Petit Saint-Jacques for $30. A peaceful escape from the city, the garden also has a fountain that trickles into a pond with turtles and goldfish; awnings and fans keep things cool. This is a fun and inexpensive night out—just come with an empty stomach.

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