Newark offers both quality and quantity when it comes to grilling: the 17 local grilled joints receive a total of 4.18-star rating from Trip Advisor, making them the ninth best city in the country.

Newark was superior to all other northeastern cities. Across the river, New York City ranks 31st, with the number of restaurants more than quadrupling.

The international food magazine Chef’s Pencil analyzed the TripAdvisor ratings of all barbecue restaurants in the 75 largest cities in the country and ranked the cities based on their average rating.

Northeast cities that didn’t shine on Chef’s Pencil were Boston and Philadelphia, which got 3.82 and 3.93 out of five stars, respectively.