more Blue Smoke - Remember Smokey's?
There used to be a BBQ place on ninth & 24th in the late 70's - early 80's called Smokey's BBQ. You stood on line with a plastic tray to gather your not too bad pulled pork or ribs with a side of cole slaw and potato salad. My meal last night at Blue Smoke brought back memories of ninth ave.
I booked this meal weeks ago, before all the flames hit the message board and nearly cancelled, but decided, what the heck, how bad could it be.
Took my wife, 20 year old son and three of his friends and ate pig, like pigs, for $240 including drinks & tip. I wouldn't call any of it great, but the ribs were decent and a half was a very large portion for $13. The brisket was awful. I think they can't get meat with enough fat content and it just dries out in the smoker.
The apps and sides were fine, but I just don't get the enthusiasm for mac & cheese whoever makes it. Fry bread was delicious and oh sooo good for you. Service was slow at first, but when the bar emptied out around 9:30pm it picked up.
In any case, I thank all you chowhounds for tempering my expectations and making it a surprising enjoyable meal. Smokey's lives on.
And yes (to a way earlier post), there was a branch up on Amsterdam around 93rd Street (later the site of the original Gabriela's). It was also a large space with a functioning water pump in the middle of the main dining area, and while they seemed to do a pretty brisk business (ourselves among their happy regular customers), they apparently over-expanded. Back then, way before the Q frenzy hit the city, they were a relative rarity and a great easting option.
the ex-wife of the original NY Smokeys returned to Florida long ago and had opened several bbq restaurants on her own (according to her, she was the brains of the outfit)...
her latest "shack" freestanding restaurant is called Mrs. Smokeys and is located in the outer ring of Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise FL which is 15 miles west of downtown Ft. Lauderdale.
Mrs. Smokeys menu is limited but you'd recognize her bbq sauce recipe as the same as the original Smokeys (she sells in bottles 2go)...
Her bbq is ordinary restaurant smoker kind, no authentic smoking pit and very small finishing/plating area nothing like the original NYC location grill.
Not worth a trip from NYC but if you're in the Ft. Lauderdale or Miami area anyway and feel nostalgic it might be worth the drive as Sawgrass Mills Mall is usually a shopping destination when the beach gets boring...lol
Also to be noted in the main Mall area outdoor restaurant area are Wolfgang Puck, Cheesecake Factory and Legal Seafood, the latter serving better than average fresh seafood.
Regarding Q and BlueSmoke:
Being an ex-Brooklynite now living in far north Dallas Texas for 5 years I can't imagine spending $40 per person for mediocre Q... I typically spend $9.99 per person for much better than average all U can eat chopped pork, pork ribs, brisket and chicken including sides...$8.99 per person for all U can eat beef ribs.
Perhaps I'm lucky and spoiled by available regional cooking, ie, Q... but I can't get any fried clams anywhere.. so much for the trade off of living in Texas vs. the northeast USA...
Hope Blue Smoke gets their act together for all my old NY friends who crave good Q...