new Biscuit is appalling
I stopped in for some takeout ribs from Biscuit BBQ on 5th Avenue (formerly Night & Day). Having had a poor experience at the old Flatbush Avenue Biscuit last year I was hoping that they would improve in the larger digs.
Lord have mercy!!!
The ribs-which were quite expensive- were equal parts meat,bone, fat and gristle. Actually more fat than anything else.The sauce was flat. I had two sides- collard greens and macaroni and cheese. Both were completely devoid of taste. How can you screw-up mac and cheese?!
Brooklyn is still without decent BBQ. But ou pizza remains the best!
Tis true. I think that in most cases the "line standing" is largely about the scene. I'm not much of a line stander, although I must admit that I have waited for ice cream at the ice Cream Factory, pizza at Grimaldi's and Lombardi's (even though I think Grimaldi's is better) , to get into Al Di La, and (a really long one) to buy an Entenmann's doughnut at my kid's school bake sale. I've also waited (not in line) to eat the best ramen noodles in NYC - Minca - not, not, NOT, Momofuko. (Just had to give Minca a shout out even though it's not an "Outer Borough" spot.) Aw man. I guess I'm more willing to stand in line than I originally thought.
I don't like Biscuit. My husband showed me this article about a smoke/fry challenge between Biscuit - "they'll smoke anything" and the Chip Shop - "they'll fry anything." In the article the chef at Biscuit said something about using light amounts of smoke so that the smoky flavor wouldn't overwhelm the taste of the meat. I am paraphrasing, but that's essentially what he said. I could only think, are you kidding me?? There was no heavenly smoke on the ribs that I ordered - only char. I refuse to go back.
The Smoke Joint just got 4 out of 6 stars in Time Out. Now everybody's going to know and you know how much New Yorkers love standing in lines...Magnolia, Grimaldi's, Cakeman Raven's, etc. Anyway, I think it's cool. It's definately the best bbq I've had in Brooklyn, and getting darn close to the best bbq I've had in NYC. I hope they can keep it up. Anyway, I like those dudes who own Smoke Joint and the people who work there. They all seem genuinely nice.
As for Biscuit unless you just want to hit the bar - Fageddaboudit. That's what I'm going to do.
Im glad SmokeJoint hasgood BBQ but Im not about to stand in line for it. That's one reason NY is great - you dont need to be a lemming and stand in line for a sickly sweet cupcake (by the way, I thing its about often about the sceny line, not the cupcake - DiFara's is a different matter) - there's always other good stuff out there.
i disagree with your last statement....
"smoke joint" in ft. greene has (at the least) decent bbq (and in my opinion, its better than "decent").
i've read a lot of dismal reviews of the new 'biscuit' and yet the place was packed when i walked by on sunday. i guess the people haven't learned yet.