Saving money at a barbecue joint can be a challenge, but I have gladly conquered it. I look for restaurants where I barely need utensils as the tender meat falls apart in my hands and mouth.
Hill Country Barbecue Market (30 West 26th Street): The moist brisket melts in your mouth and is easily the best I've ever had. All the meats are priced per pound so start small to find your favorites. Sides starting at $3.75 help keep costs down. Take advantage of $5 drinks at the bar from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. There is a great room downstairs with free live music from Tuesday to Saturday which also doubles as a private event space.
Georgia’s Eastside Barbecue (192 Orchard Street): Georgia’s is small in size and big on taste and value. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday you’ll find $2 beers and all sandwiches are $5. Go for the pulled pork or the fried chicken sandwich. The menu is always reasonable with $5 sides like green beans with blue cheese and bacon, and luscious homemade desserts. The grilled andouille sausage is $5 and the BBQ Sampler is $18. They are a great catering choice with dinners starting at $25 per person.
Brother Jimmy’s (various locations): I like Brother Jimmy’s because they love a good deal. Check their website for money saving options at each location every day. On the Upper West Side you’ll find ½ price appetizers from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and all night Tuesday. Beers and well drinks start at $3. I like the half price rib tips ($3.75) and the hot wings ($5.50). They are the perfect place to meet for sporting events when they offer even more deals.
Monica DiNatale is a deals expert, food host and author of "365 Guide New York City," a treasure trove of restaurant deals and bar specials in New York. Monica has hosted segments for The New York Chocolate Show and Craft Beer Week Festivals. She dines out 8 days a week in search of the best deals in The Big Apple. "365 Guide New York City" is available in paperback andebook.