Some sad news twice over for lovers of BBQ. Pig Beach has closed its flagship location on Union Street in Brooklyn, and the East Village Branch of Dallas BBQ has likewise given up the ghost after 40 years at the same location on Second Avenue and St. Mark’s Place.
Despite the closures, both chains will retain their other branches in New York and beyond, and Pig Beach advises it will be seeking another site in Brooklyn. Dallas BBQ will retain its stores in Times Square, Washington Heights, and on the Upper East Side.
Hello to Vegan BBQ
A recent Nielsen study found that a whopping 39% of Americans claim that, while their diets are not entirely plant-based, they are eliminating some animal-related food products with an eye toward eventually going completely vegan. Toward the end of serving that need, the city’s first vegan BBQ restaurant has opened hard by the Baruch College campus. It answers to the name of Pure Grit, and by way of introduction the restaurant has implemented two specially priced vegan meal combos that include beverage and dessert.
The deal, which coincides with Veganuary, centers on a choice between the house’s Fried Daring Open-Face Chicken Sandwich, served on a house-made cornbread waffle with a side of waffle fries, and its Smoked Plate, featuring a choice between Impossible Cut Brisket, Pulled Jackfruit, Burnt End Mushrooms, and more. Both platters are $20 and come with a Tractor organic beverage and fried Oreos. (Yes, fried Oreos.) Pure Grit, 36 Lexington Avenue, 646-449-8782.