We've been taking notice for some time that barbecue is a super hot food trend. There's no better place to judge whether that's so than in the center of the dining universe. New York City has 24,000 restaurants and it's possible to eat anything you crave at any time of the day or night, right?

Well, the barbecue scene is sizzling, especially with the recent debut of Neely's Barbecue Parlor. Even though it's been open a short time, it's already been raked over the coals by amateur reviewers on Yelp.com. The launch was also durly noted by Eater.com in its Ultimate NYC Barbecue Guide, posted this week. Take a look at the space in this slideshow on Eater.

While this is the first official Memphis-style restaurant in the big city, it will be interesting to watch and see whether a New York City barbecue style emerges. After all, this is a city that has adopted and adapted some of the most beloved foods from around the world.

Some of my favorite barbecue joints in New York City: Hill Country, Daisy May's, RUB and Harlem Bar B Que, which is famous for its super size drinks and hot wings. I can't wait to get back to NYC and check out Neely's.