Eater NY 2023
NYC’s 22 Essential Barbecue Restaurants
"The menu is more eclectic than the Kansas City designation suggests, featuring brisket, pulled pork, smoked turkey, and house-cured pastrami. There’s also a beguiling array of invented sandwiches, such as the John Brown Reuben, which deploys pastrami along with Swiss cheese and coleslaw. The fenced and decorated backyard is another lure."
Time Out 2023
NYC's 10 best barbecue spots
"The relocated John Brown BBQ still attracts crowds a short distance away from its original location, which first opened in 2011. Its Kansas City-style barbecue by way of Queens two times over includes all manner of meat by the pound, slab, quarter or half, as the case might be. Order at the counter and snag a spot in the lofty dining room or under an umbrella on the patio. "
USA TODAY SPORTS - CHIEFS WIRE 2022
Restaurant owner is thankful for Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes saving his business
"John Brown BBQ is well known for its tagline, “The Official Kansas City Chiefs Bar in New York City,” to accompany its Kansas City BBQ-style meals. Former players such as Tony Richardson and Dante Hall have visited to watch games with the loyal Chiefs fan base. "
NYC BBQ 2020
John Brown Smokehouse Moves Locations to Stay Alive
"Fans of the current John Brown location will like hearing that the new location will have roughly the same KC BBQ menu as the old one, with burnt ends, brisket, pastrami, pork belly, and more available. However, Bowen said to expect the flavor the be a little smokier and richer because they'll be using a more powerful J&R Oyler pit smoker. "
NYC BBQ 2020
BBQ Joints Are Feeding Hospital Workers During Coronavirus
"Several well-known NYC joints — including John Brown Smokehouse in Queens, Hill Country Barbecue Market in Manhattan, and Juicy Lucy BBQ on Staten Island — have all done their part to feed hospital and ER workers in the past few weeks."
Eater NY 2016
NYC Pitmasters Reveal the Meals That Got Them Into Barbecue
"Everybody in Kansas City probably ate barbecue at least weekly. Sunday family dinner is kind of a barbecue thing. It's so prevalent there that we don't even think of it as a proud tradition. It's just food. Until five, six, seven years ago, there wasn't even a culinary scene in Kansas City."
The New Yorker 2013
Mighty Quinn’s And John Brown Smokehouse
"Across the East River, on a desolate stretch of Long Island City, the folks at John Brown Smokehouse are practicing another sport altogether: relaxation. Last summer, Josh Bowen moved his Kansas City-style barbecue spot, named for the firebrand abolitionist, into this larger, homey place, with a beer garden out back. "
The New York Times 2013
Just for Chiefs Fans, a Welcome Taste of Kansas City in Queens
"The fan club that has developed at John Brown has grown with the Chiefs’ win total. Sara McKemy, who moved from Kansas City three years ago, struggled to find a base for watching the Chiefs, especially when they were bad, so she got in touch with Bowen before this season and invited several friends to John Brown for the first game."
New York Times 2011
Ten of the Best Inexpensive Restaurants of 2011
"There’s so much flavor and tenderness to the pork, the lamb sausage and the incomparable burnt ends,.."
New York Magazine
John Brown Smokehouse 83
"The most consistently sensational barbecue in New York can be found at this casual Queens restaurant, where the product of owner Josh Bowen’s smoker has never been better. First things first: the burnt ends. "