Oriental Blvd. at Hastings St. 718-946-1373
Brooklyn barbecue fanatic Robert Fernandez of White Trash BBQ (whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com) highly recommends Manhattan Beach, on the other side of Brighton Beach from Coney Island: Just east of the main beach, you’ll find about twenty grills, picnic tables, and running water. If you want to spend the whole day at the beach, get there early to claim your grill space. Robert likes going late, after the crowds have left: “The folks who stay all day and into the night are a great crew,” he says. “You fire up the grill and become part of the party.” There are other, less legal grilling spots somewhere in the general vicinity, where clothes may or may not be optional—but you’ll have to find those yourself.
Best Outdoor-Grilling Spot
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).