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The Ranger Texas Barbecue at Legends

71-04 35th Ave., Queens, NY 11372 40.750671 -73.894849
nr. 71st St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-803-8244 Send to Phone

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Hours

Sun-Mon and Wed-Thu, noon-10pm; Fri-Sat, noon-11pm; Tue, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

E, F, M, R at Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave.; 7 at 74th St.-Broadway

Prices

$7.99-$13.99

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Kids' Menu
  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

The Ranger’s digs, the back half of a Jackson Heights sports bar, are sacred to barbecue fanatics. The space used to house Pearson’s Texas Barbecue, for years the city’s holy reliquary of brisket and ribs, whose shuttering in late 2004 provoked a doomsday crisis on local food message boards. The place reopened as the Ranger in February 2005, with enough original touches to appease local ‘cue cultists. Fortunately, the menu hasn’t changed much. A half dozen varieties of barbecued meat—pork, beef, and chicken—are sold by the sandwich or the pound. Loyalists may cavil that sauces are no longer fiery and Tex-Mex appetizers like nachos dilute a barbecue menu. Even so, the thick chili is more than respectable. And, crucially, the brisket and ribs, both pork and beef, are as meaty and smoky as ever, which is no surprise: The Ranger’s gleaming steel smoker is the original hickory-burning behemoth, still tended by former pitmasters Angel and Riego. And while New York has welcomed ribs joints of all styles—Carolina, St. Louis, Kansas City, and even Syracuse—for smoky, saucy Texas barbecue, this Queens classic still merits the pilgrimage.

Recommended Dishes

Yankee chili, $4.49; pulled brisket sandwich, $7.99; pulled barbecued chicken sandwich, $7.99

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