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The Smoke Joint
Posted by mattyirie on 07/30/2007
My 2nd visit 6 mos. between left me satisfied and feeling like it was a good value. Smoke Joint doesn't overreach and that is a good thing. The baby-backs are currently off the menu but the pork spare ribs were a pretty good (not amazing) fill in. I didn't like the beef ribs too much on my 1st visit so I didn't re-order. The chicken wings are most impressive and the beans are solid too. The Mac/Cheese gets like a C+, southern style not really browned or sufficiently cheesy in my opinion. however the vinegar based slaw was good for flavor and texture. The soda/beer selection is great and staff is very friendly and speaking with the owner expansion plans are in the works to start offering dessert/coffee. overall in my top 3 for brooklyn bbq!
Posted by Boy Bunny on 07/28/2007
Two things I love in life are avant-garde art and barbeque. So I was overjoyed to hear a barbeque joint had opened up within walking distance of BAM. The other day I was going to a Pasolini movie at BAMcinématek, so I finally got to try it out. The beef ribs were just like I like ‘em: big, meaty, tender, fatty on one side, crispy on the other. They were served with two sauces - one spicy, the other mild - but were so flavorful, they didn’t need any. The two sides I ordered - baked beans and collard greens - were respectable, but, frankly, overshadowed by the ribs. The Smoke Joint has a nice selection of local microbrews; my meal was accompanied by a Brooklyner Weisse. The service is friendly/flakey: the cashier said she would deliver my meal to my table when it was ready, then disappeared; I had to pick it up myself. The atmosphere is rudimentary: classic rock on the radio, New Yorker cartoons about farm animals in the bathrooms. The only real downside was no AC; I was shvitzen by the end of my meal, but that’s a small price to pay for great barbeque.
Posted by lauren on 07/25/2007
i ordered from the smoke joint a little while ago, and went to pick up my food, so i got a good look at the restaurant. the atmosphere inside was nice: laid-back and relaxed. however, the food really wasn't that good. i ordered a pulled beef sandwhich and my friend got pulled pork. we didn't realize until we got home that the sandwiches don't coem automatically with any barbecue sauce! so we had to find our own in the fridge and pour it on. you would think that whoever takes the orders might want to warn the costomers of that...just a thought. besides that, the beef was okay, but wasn't really that great. it was kind of fatty. the one nice thing is that everything comes separate, so the bread doesn't get soggy. i dont really think i'll go back here again, unless absolutely necessary. but, seeing as my friend has eaten here a couple times and said the food was much better the other times, perhaps this was just a one-time thing.
Posted by Patti from MD on 06/29/2007
While visiting NYC, my friend suggested I check out The Smoke Joint and it was worth the visit! The food is tasty and the best part is meeting the fantastic Chef Amadou! I will tell all my Baltimore friends to stop by Brooklyn on their next trip to the Big Apple to eat some ribs and meet Chef Amadou!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/28/2007
The BBQ sauce...so good. I want to bottle it and sell it. Mac N Cheese, brilliant, baked beans, amazing. Hint* the bathroom door slides open, not swings!
Posted by Aprill on 06/06/2007
Very Very good BBQ, good deal, Brooklyn needed this!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/25/2007
everything on the menu is incredible and extremely reasonably priced. the salads are enormous and the dressings great, and cost $4 or 5 (especially the caesar). i also get the catfish sandwich (delicious) or the hacked pork sandwich, grilled corn on the cob or seasoned french fries, and a boutique soda, all for under $20. also, the short ribs are wonderful as is the mac and cheese. the service is neighborhood friendly and relaxed, yet on top of their game. delivery has always been on time, and only rarely has anything been forgotten / mistaken. a solid A.