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Oct 23, 2006 12:51 AM

Opening Night at the Smoke Joint

My husband and I just had dinner at the Smoke Joint, a new BBQ restaurant in Ft.Greene, where the Cambodian restaurant used to be.
They just opened tonight.

While they have some service issues to work out, the food was great! We had the baby back ribs, something called 'hot links' which was hot sausage, kale, macaroni & cheese & cole slaw. Cooked just right, not greasy, not too sweet, and good-sized portions. Good beers, too, with unusual brands like "Porkslap" (how could you not order this one at a BBQ place?). Staff was friendly, if a bit harried. No desserts yet....and I really wanted some key lime pie to finish.

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  1. Jeez, this sounds VERY encouraging!

    It's the perfect neighborhood for fact, they could have almost kept the original decor for a country shack-like atmosphere. I've always believed that the feng shui at that location was excellent...public transportation is, for sure.

    Did you notice/ask if there's a smoker/pit on-premises? Notice a woodpile around the back? Anything else "authentic" to report on?

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    1. re: Mike R.

      They do have a smoker on premises. Read Andrea Strong's blurb of the chef background here:
      Sounds promising to be sure.

    2. I ate here last night too, and really enjoyed the food. the brisket sandwich was great -- good fries, too. The staff was really nice, even if a little bit harried, on their opening night. I hope these guys succeed.

      1. I'll go with low expectations...would be amazing to have a decent place in brooklyn.

        1. Can I be the 1st on CH to say thats the best name -ever- for a restaurant. Nudge nudge, wink wink.

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            1. re: lambretta76

              Hey all,
              I stopped in this evening eager to sample the new of the owners.. really nice guy... informed me that they are not officially open yet. They did do a trial run this past weekend, but won't open officially til this Sunday at the earliest. Looking forward to it!!

              1. re: lambretta76

                Me too. Do their desserts come from Baked perchance?

            2. We ate at Smoke Joint last night. Still not "officially" open, they are very busy and definitely still working out their kitchen system; there were some service logjams. On the other hand, the staff were all very friendly and solicitous; when we asked if we could open a bottle of wine we had (they serve beer but not wine), they sent someone around the corner to buy a corkscrew for us. Overall, the vibe was pleasant and friendly if a bit harried.

              The food was mixed; I'm hoping it will improve with time and experience. We had a caesar salad with hacked chicken (overdressed), brisket, baby back ribs, and greens. The meats were surprisingly unspicy; we were expecting more flavor. The greens were pretty good, a bit more vinegary than I prefer. I'd like to go back and try the spare ribs and the beef ribs to see how those are. But prices are good, and the neighborhood definitely needs some informal, inexpensive, friendly spots like this. I hope they will keep improving.

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              1. re: starfish

                I ate there tonight and tried most of the sides. I thought the mac and cheese was great. The greens were a bit vinegary with a back note of spice. The beef ribs were good especially with the excellent sauce. They've got good beer (Hennepin and Blue Point for $3!) and everyone was really friendly. Both of the owners were there working behind the counter. It was the best meal I've had in Ft. Greene since A Table closed.