Butcher Bar

Butcher Bar

BBQ Joint$$$$
Astoria, Astoria
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  • Dabian C.
    "The pork belly, burnt ends and Mac and cheese are excellent choices."(32 Tips)
    Dave K.
    "the brisket and bacon is as good as any I've ever had at Texas!"(19 Tips)
    Julienne J.
    "It's a BYOB spot so hit the deli next door for any adult beverages."(6 Tips)
    Dan D.
    "Best BBQ in Astoria, top contender for best in the city."(3 Tips)
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  • Jeff S.
    Jeff S.May 27
    This is what (food) dreams are made of... Butcher Bar has the best BBQ in the NYC/NJ area
  • funky f.
    funky flavorApril 25
    The burned ends you must have the burned ends when you come here. ABSOLUTELY divine.
  • Kristin B.
    One of my favorite neighborhood places! Brisket, chic and pulled pork are all on pt. A pretty good range of whiskey to choose from as well.
  • nova n.
    nova naomiSeptember 20, 2016
    Smoked beef ❤️
  • Charles Q.
    Charles QuirinAugust 28, 2016
    Really love the ribs.
  • Jessie C.
    Jessie CatanaJune 18, 2016
    Burnt ends are delish but the quality has severely declined since it opened. Food was cold and flavorless today. Huge bummer. Won't be back.
  • Emily A.
    Emily AsaroMay 14, 2016
    The burnt ends, brisket, and pulled pork are awesome
  • Gabriel C.
    Gabriel ChungApril 14, 2016
    Great BBQ In Astoria. The burnt ends here is excellent, great flavor, and melts in your mouth good - you will eat it all. The drink cocktails are very good, friendly staff and nice decor.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BanuchiMarch 9, 2016
    No reservations makes it a little difficult to plan bringing a large group.
  • James
    JamesMarch 3, 2016
    Burnt ends. That is all.
  • Adriel I.
    Adriel IronsMarch 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The burnt ends are the truth
  • Lorei V.
    Lorei VelazcoFebruary 21, 2016
    Pulled pork sandwich is great!! The bread was nice and toasty and not at all soggy. Sweet tea is not that great though. Mac and cheese is very heavy but good.
  • Escape C.
    Escape CardonaDecember 10, 2015
    The mac n cheese is amazing here. Great place to go and pig out. Drinks are good and great atmosphere.
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan C.November 19, 2015
    The atmosphere & general image of this place is great. Very clean and presentable. I had the Mopped and Chopped Brisket sandwich. Delicious, but then again, when is brisket not delicious. Will return
  • Peter D.
    Peter DimariaNovember 18, 2015
    He food and atmosphere
  • Johann R.
    Johann R.October 4, 2015
    the meat sampler is delicious
  • Brianna S.
    Brianna SavianoSeptember 24, 2015
    My Filipino boyfriend was disappointed in the "longaniza." My pulled Bork was great, though.
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    They serve delicious local and organic food! Read more
  • Birds Nest F.
    Try the dish, Burnt Ends!
  • BirdsNestOrg
    BirdsNestOrgJune 9, 2015
    Natural food, fresh meat! The Burnt Ends is a must!!! Read more
  • Alden C.
    Alden CatesMay 22, 2015
    Pulled pork and brisket were both delicious.
  • Roniel T.
    Roniel TesslerMay 12, 2015
    The meat is delicious! Fast service and free dessert 😋
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PolotanApril 27, 2015
    The ribs and pulled pork are delicious.
  • Mo S.
    Mo SnikketApril 23, 2015
    The half baked mac and cheese ($10.99) is to die for! We also got a pulled pork and a pulled chicken sandwich both darn delicious! Will be back to this place for sure!
  • Aleson H.
    Aleson HoApril 8, 2015
    Bad system for seating dinner rush. They have "reservations" but not really. Still waited an hour. Don't go during the rush. Food's good, small portions, service sometimes slow, not worth wait.
  • Ralph Z.
    Ralph ZMarch 25, 2015
    Banging food
  • Brett S.
    Brett SpiegelMarch 22, 2015
    Burnt ends. If you get anything, get that.
  • H H.
    H HMarch 14, 2015
    Meat heaven!
  • Sydney E.
    Sydney E-jMarch 13, 2015
    Not good for large groups. Great food, small space
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah ThomasFebruary 22, 2015
    Skip the pulled pork for the brisket. The half baked Mac n' cheese is delish
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 21, 2015
    The Filipino sausage sandwich is a take on longaniza served with garlic aioli & pickled shallots. & order the Gimme the Beef Butcher Platter with 1/4 lb brisket & 1/4 lb double smoked burnt ends.
  • N M.
    N MartinFebruary 14, 2015
    the Philly Briskett sandwich is AMAZINGLY good and the burnt ends are also good the meat is so tender
  • The Sandwich Enthusiast .
    I had the Bob's Burger (1/2 lb brisket/bacon blend, thesandwichenthusiast.com/butcherbar) here, & cannot recommend going back for it enough. Beautiful backyard & a new bar area worth checking out.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyFebruary 4, 2015
    Bathrooms at this barbecue place were dirty and the ribs, pulled pork, and burnt ends were without texture or taste. Avoid this place.
    Upvoted Apr 22
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria UgarteJanuary 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    No longer BYOB but they do have an excellent drink selection. Get the burnt ends! Be warned- they do run out.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyJanuary 10, 2015
    Tried the four meat platter. Looks good right? It wasn't. In fact, we left almost all of it behind. Didn't even wrap out to go. Who'd eat it? Bland and dry. Save your money and go elsewhere.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyJanuary 10, 2015
    The bar is really nice. The end.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyJanuary 10, 2015
    Underwhelming. Get up and go to John Brown's. You'll thank me.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyJanuary 10, 2015
    Drinks are OK, meats not so much.....
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyJanuary 10, 2015
    Good for vegetarians since the meat is not very good....
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyJanuary 10, 2015
    Owner threatened me on yelp after a negative review. #classy #avoid
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyJanuary 10, 2015
    The BBQ sauce tastes line it's from a can. Very unauthentic.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyDecember 28, 2014
    Careful about not liking this place. The owners will personally attack you online. Really classy.
  • Dabian C.
    Dabian CozierDecember 27, 2014
    The pork belly, burnt ends and Mac and cheese are excellent choices.
  • Angelica Y.
    Angelica YoungDecember 2, 2014
    The burnt ends and pork belly are the standouts here, while the brisket is probably the weakest
  • Luc
    LucNovember 26, 2014
    Porky's platter is delicious. The pork belly and ribs is excellent with a side of Mac and cheese. Plus complimentary desert!
  • Yuliya T.
    Yuliya TorosjanNovember 22, 2014
    Burned ends Brisket
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyNovember 1, 2014
    If you have not ordered yet, get up and walk out now. This place made me want to become a vegetarian. Everything LOOKS good but the meat here is bland and textureless. You'll thank me for this review.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SmithOctober 1, 2014
    Burnt ends were great. Some other things were a bit dry. But the sauce is good and solves that.
  • Deon D.
    Deon DSeptember 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The chili cheese nachos are excellent. If you order it, make sure you have several mouths to help. We ordered it with the pico, sour cream and jalapeños on the side to adjust for personal tastes.
  • Jazzy K.
    Jazzy KaralicSeptember 7, 2014
    Awesome pork bellies & burgers !
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
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  • Kino
    KinoAugust 26, 2014
    Butcher Bar makes me want to move to Astoria. Truth. It's expanding next door soon. The Meat Candy Burnt Ends, Brisket & Applewood Smoked Bacon are delicious. The Apple Pie is good. They serve Shiner.
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LambinoAugust 25, 2014
    The butcher platter with 3 meats and two sides is enough for two
  • Dave K.
    Dave KimAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    the brisket and bacon is as good as any I've ever had at Texas!
  • Binh L.
    Binh LAugust 24, 2014
    Everything. Free complimentary cronut. Can't beat that.
  • Dan D.
    Dan DurkinAugust 17, 2014
    Delicious brisket. Best BBQ in Astoria, top contender for best in the city.
  • Artem
    ArtemAugust 16, 2014
    Bob's burger is amazing!
  • Kev S.
    Kev SkinnyAugust 14, 2014
    Pulled pork or brisket. U choose. Best option outside of fette sau.
  • Billy K.
    Billy KeenlyAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The burnt ends are referred to as "meat candy", and goddamn if it ain't the beautiful red-blooded truth.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkAugust 4, 2014
    Pictured here is 1/4 pound of pulled pork, 1/4 pound of pork belly (those chewy nubs look SO good) and 1/4 rack of ribs (St. Louis style/ dry ribs), with baked beans thrown in for good measure. Read more
  • Curt H.
    Curt HaaseJuly 20, 2014
    Now serving beer on tap!!!
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterJuly 5, 2014
    Dry-rub BBQ. Fall-off-bone ribs were tough & dry. Brisket, (the best) burnt ends, pickles, applewood bacon baked beans, 1/2 sweet & 1/2 unsweetened iced tea! Outdoor deck seating.
  • Deon D.
    Deon DMay 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Two words… "meat candy." If you don't know now, you should visit and do some research. Tiny spot, expanding next door. For now expect a wait that's well worth it.
  • linpah z.
    linpah zelgMay 26, 2014
    Burn Ends are the best, Mac and cheese for a great side
  • Frank  V.
    BYOB, so come prepared. But the pulled pork is fantastic. Try the sweet and spicy sauce.
  • Subin L.
    Subin LimMay 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You could taste that everything was made with fresh ingredients. They even gave us complimentary desserts - apple cake! So yummy
  • Delfin
    DelfinMarch 2, 2014
    This place is not worth it the food is horrid... Dino BBQ kicks this place ass any day. Portions are small and tasteless never again Ew!
  • Barbz
    BarbzFebruary 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Really great food and service. Order anything on the menu it will be great no matter what.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HoltzmanOctober 20, 2013
    The St Louis dry rubbed ribs are outstanding, and the service is excellent
  • Devin M.
    Devin MalaOctober 20, 2013
    Filipino "longaniza". Really? This shall be interesting.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BowdenOctober 12, 2013
    BYOB. Make sure to get the burnt ends and the pork belly. Brisket is okay.
  • JetzNY
    JetzNYOctober 1, 2013
    Portions are tiny for amount of $$$$
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 25, 2013
    The Philly cheesesteak is AMAZING!!! The 3 cheese sauce takes this sandwich to a different level of awesome. Slaw is A+. BYOb, $2.79/pp. The burnt ends are good, but John Brown BBQ keeps 1st place.
  • Julienne J.
    Julienne JanineJuly 4, 2013
    I'm not a big meat eater so I really liked the BBQ pulled chicken and mac and cheese. Chili nachos are good too. It's a BYOB spot so hit the deli next door for any adult beverages. Try the burnt ends!
  • Alastair T.
    Alastair TseJune 15, 2013
    The St. Louis dry rubbed ribs are delicious!
  • Eliza
    ElizaJune 2, 2013
    Definitely get the burnt ends and pork belly!
  • Felix A.
    Felix AbarcaMay 22, 2013
    Burnt ends are so addictive.
  • Megan T.
    Megan TaylorMay 5, 2013
    Burnt ends!
  • Pete S.
    Pete SteinMay 4, 2013
    Can't go wrong with the brisket in any of its permutations.
  • Patrick P.
    Patrick P.May 4, 2013
    Tiny-ass sandwich to the tune of $14. The food is nothing to write home about either. Pretty much a rip-off! F this place!
  • Chad M.
    Chad MarraMay 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Well, $28 later, and I am still hungry.
  • Katie R.
    Katie RApril 24, 2013
    Finally! Quality BBQ in Astoria. Butcher Bar is a southern gal's dream and savory respite! Not to mention, amazingly friendly service. I can't say enough good things!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica CorvetteApril 9, 2013
    Highlights: St. Louis ribs and burnt ends. Great service and decor.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 29, 2013
    Combination butcher shop and barbecue joint. High points: dry-rubbed ribs, brisket cheesesteak, and burnt ends.
  • Jacqueline C.
    Jacqueline ChiMarch 10, 2013
    Good food, poor service
  • Irina S.
    Irina SkayaJanuary 6, 2013
    Great food! Get the ribs early because they do run out quickly!
  • Steven B.
    Steven BenediktDecember 29, 2012
    Fabulous brisket
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListOctober 11, 2012
    Barbecue dishes, Sandwiches, rotisserie items, and chops, all made with top-notch, locally-sourced meat. Taste: Smoked Pulled Pork, 50/50 Sandwich, Rack St. Louis Style Dry Rubbed Ribs Read more
  • dennis
    dennisSeptember 23, 2012
    The 50/50 sandwich and mac & cheese are the perfect combo
  • David E.
    David EngAugust 19, 2012
    The Butchers Platter is the way to go. You get to choose 3 meats from the carvery along with 2 sides. 1 platter is enough for 2 people.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    A big thanks to Teddy and Matt for flawless catering. 40lbs of mac n cheese, 20lbs of slaw, 20lbs of yams, and 100 corn cakes with the amazing honey butter. On point and ultimately delicious. Thanks!
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronJuly 8, 2012
    Having been to a few BBQ this is not the best but queens doesn't haven't anything even close to it so it will do. The portions were not worth the price but service was great. Best thing is Byob!!!
  • Gary W.
    Gary WatsonJuly 7, 2012
    Pulled pork sandwich, Mac n cheese to die for!
  • Marsena B.
    Marsena BowersJune 12, 2012
    The burnt ends sandwich and Mac and cheese!! Get into it!!
  • John K.
    John KMay 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork. Belly. Sandwich. Bliss.
  • Stéf F.
    Stéf FangApril 30, 2012
    Coming back for the Pulled pork, string beans and Mac n' cheese!!!!! And seat in the back patio!
  • misskittyinnyc
    misskittyinnycApril 25, 2012
    Food was okay. Not the best BBQ I've had. Also a little pricy.
  • Varun J.
    Varun JollyApril 4, 2012
    First time here.. Finally!! Insane pulled pork! Go 50/50! And the diet mexicane cola!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Co-owner Matthew Katakis said it's first and foremost a butcher shop, with pork chops, ribs and burgers available from a meat counter. Inside, a sign reads: "We cook what we sell, sell what we cook." Read more
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