Summer Fun in Westchester: Restaurants Offering International Barbecue Styles
We’ve all had ribs, pulled pork, and brisket smothered in tangy barbecue sauce, and, while it’s delicious, it’s getting a little old. When you’ve exhausted your options for American-as-apple-pie barbecue, it’s time to expand your horizons and look to the BBQ techniques from these other countries.
Yonkers (914) 771-4066
At Korea Garden, a county Korean-food mainstay since the 1980s, the marinade ingredients are simple: soy sauce, sugar, garlic, and sesame oil. But there’s drama in the preparation, as the food is cooked before you on tabletop grills. Do-it-yourselfers can even eschew help from the servers and take control of the cooking.
Your Order: To best take advantage of those tabletop grills, order the kalbi (prime rib) or the bulgogi (sirloin).
(914) 939-6894; copacabanaportchester.com
Churrascarias are a tradition in Brazil—and one that’s best enjoyed if you’re really, really hungry. Slow-roasted meats are served straight from the sword-like skewers they’re cooked on, carved tableside. At many, you get a card when you’re seated, and you just flip it green-side-up when you’re ready for your next taste. Copacabana Steakhouse offers 14 kinds of meat this way, including beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and Brazilian sausage.
Your Order: The rodizio is your ticket to the all-you-can-eat meat-fest, in addition to sides and a salad bar. Wash it all down with Xingu, a dark, sweet Brazilian beer.
Photo courtesy of Ripe Kitchen and Bar
Your Order: Though you can find Spence’s spice blend in everything from quesadillas to chicken salad, go for the hearty, original “backyard” jerk chicken, which comes with rice or toasted, buttery, hard-dough bread. And, of course, ask for Red Stripe on the side.
Your Order: The Misto, a sharable combination of ribs and chicken barbecued on the bone. And, though they may not come from the grill, the bolinhos (dried and salted cod-and-potato cakes) are an instantly addictive appetizer.
Photo by Cathy Pinsky