Twenty-sixth Street between 5th and Madison Avenues was blocked off this past weekend for the 2nd Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Seven of the nation's top pitmasters were on hand, cooking up everything from pig snoot sandwiches to baby back ribs.
There's no misspelling in the title of this post -- the event attracted such huge crowds and the lines were so outrageously long that we didn't taste anything. We went on Sunday afternoon and quickly gave up when it looked like there was no hope for us. In fact, after a consolation lunch at nearby Mayrose (even Danny Meyer's Shake Shack was not ready for prime time), we passed back through Madison Square Park and saw that the organizers had actually stopped selling coupons (to redeem for food) at 3:00 p.m. due to the large turnout.
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