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Posted by bk/ukhead on 04/20/2007
i find this place the spot i want to love and love, but always get a little disappointed by. this is mainly because i have very high expectations - and they rate themselves so high too. It is good food, but a the reheating and fast smoking isn't what i expect - but i'm too far from the south to really complain.
Posted by Aaron on 04/01/2007
The food has improved every time I've been, the spare ribs in particular stand out. I don't understand the complaints about the service below, you stand at a counter. How great/poor could that be? The food comes out quickly, and the beer is cheap.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/16/2007
OK, I was wrong. I wrote the "subpar food" review a little earlier. They don't microwave the food-- it's reheated it in some sort of a convection oven. Much better. And more importantly, the sauce, which I said had a distinct flavor of ketchup the first time I tried it, was so much better the second time around. It's hard to say whether their kitchen is better organized today, as there was hardly anyone in the place when I went there, but I didn't have to wait. I'll be going back much more frequently after my second experience. If I could take back my first review I would. This place is worth a try so you can judge for yourself.
Posted by Rosa on 01/14/2007
My boyfriend and I went last night for the second time. We entered a full house. No available seating. We ordered and saw a party leaving and quickly secured a seat. First and foremost the food is amazing. BUT THE FOOD IS EXPENSIVE and portion size isn't all that overwhelming. We had the hacked beef and pork, side of Macaroni & cheese. I can't stress this enough the food is amazing. The only thing that may bother you is the crowds and sharks waiting to steal your table because you're leaving. Sometimes they don't know how to be polite. The first time we went we had the Baby back ribs and Beef Ribs, macaroni & cheese, vinegar cole slaw. We didn't really care for the slaw. But everything else was great.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/04/2007
I was glad to see this place open. Lots of restaurants have opened in Ft. Greene the past years, but few are affordable enough for those of us who live nearby and aren't here for a show at BAM. The prices and portions at the Smoke Joint are reasonable enough to eat at on the regular. But unfortunately I don't: I was disappointed by the food, and the general disorganization of the place. There were about 6 people in line in front of me when I arrived, and it took 15 minutes before I could finally place my order. You wait in line across the counter from where they prepare the food, so their kitchen is in plain view. It was really chaotic. Nothing too complicated is going on back there-- they have a limited menu, the food is pre-cooked, and all they really do is heat it in a microwave and serve it. Yet somehow they kept running out of ingredients, and confusing their orders. Maybe this can be forgiven because it was one of the first days they were open. I hope they've figured out how to plan their kitchen better by now. After I placed my order, I had to wait another 15 minutes or so for my sandwich. I ordered it to go, so I didn't see what I got until I was home. What disappointed me the most was the quality of the food. I was surprised when I opened my bag: they had given me a sandwich roll, a container of meat, a small container of BBQ sauce, and a pickle. They didn't even assemble the sandwich-- it was just the ingredients in a bag. How could that have taken 15 minutes? The meat was tender, and there was a good amount of it. But it was barely warmer than room temperature. That they microwave the meat should be a tip off that this place isn't so great, but they didn't even zap it long enough. At first I was upset the sandwich didn't come assembled, but I realized it was a good thing when I tasted the BBQ sauce. Holy ketchup! I know a lot of people use ketchup as an ingredient in their BBQ sauce, but it's always been a cheap shortcut.
Posted by Allen Abramson on 12/28/2006
I've eaten at The Smoke Joint twice and on both occasions the food was absolutely delectable. I wasn't a great fan of barbeque until I sampled their menu. I'm a convert! Ben Grossman, the owner, is a master not only as a chef, but at making everyone feel welcome and their business sincerely appreciated. Bravo!
Posted by Michelle on 12/06/2006
A real BBQ joint in Brooklyn! Hurray!! The food was quite good the first time I had it and is even better now. The mac n' cheese has gone from good to absolutely great. And the greens - oh my goodness - they're awesome. If you like beef - you must have the beef short ribs. Uhm, uhm, uhm, delicious.