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Voting underway for Queens Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural best barbecue competition

Aug. 29, 2023 By Bill Parry

After Rocco’s of Roc Beach was declared the winner of the inaugural Queens’ Best Pizza Competition organized by the Queens Chamber of Commerce in February and Empanadas Café in Corona was declared the winner of the Queens’ Best Empanada Competition in May, voting has begun to determine who has the best barbecue restaurant in the borough.

Members of the public are encouraged to vote for their favorite eatery from among 19 nominated establishments to settle the debate over who in Queens serves up the best barbecue. The nominated restaurants include traditional barbecue joints, as well as Brazilian-style barbecues, Filipino barbecue and other styles.

The public can vote for their favorite restaurant at through Sunday, Sept. 10. The winner will be crowned with the title of “Queens’ Best Barbeque” on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and receive bragging rights, along with a complimentary membership to the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

Nominations for the contest were collected from the public over the course of several weeks and include the following establishments:

  • Batesy’s BBQ and Bar in Arverne
  • Ben’s Kosher Deli in Bayside
  • Butcher Bar BBQ in Astoria
  • Chicken Lovers in Bayside
  • El Chivito D’Oro in Jackson Heights
  • El Coyote in Forest Hills
  • Fogo de Chão in Elmhurst
  • Goody’s BBQ Chicken and Ribs in Arverne
  • Iwahan in Woodside
  • John Brown BBQ in Dutch Kills
  • Mighty Quinn’s BBQ in Forest Hills
  • Ovelia Greek Grill House in Astoria
  • Picnic Garden BBQ Buffet in Flushing
  • Pig Beach BBQ Queens in Astoria
  • Rib Shack in Jamaica
  • Smoke & Barrel in Far Rockaway
  • Tikkun BBQ in Astoria
  • TMB Chicken in Bayside
  • Wonder Pig K-BBQ in Sunnyside

“Our barbecue establishments in Queens offer some of the most unique and delicious dishes in the city from a variety of cultures and countries,” Queens Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Grech said. “The restaurants that have been nominated by the public showcase that diversity and I look forward to visiting the winning restaurant.”

The Queens Chamber of Commerce is the oldest and largest business association in Queens, representing more than 1,400 businesses and more than 150,000 Queens-based employees.

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