Smokey’s 11101

Photograph: Sean Ellingson
Long Island City
The two-level space at this Long Island City spot has exposed wooden beams, old-West placards and mounted longhorn-cattle heads. Still, with so many real barbecue pits now gracing the city, it’s hard to justify Smokey’s uninspiring ‘cue: A cloyingly sweet sauce smothers the St. Louis-style ribs, though they do have the moist, fatty texture of good barbecue. The dry, chewy beef brisket and pulled pork weren’t so lucky; they had the texture of a saddle. At least the kitchen gets the sides right: The mac and cheese is creamy delicious, and the cornbread gets a nice char from a few minutes on the grill and a sweet slather of honey butter.
Venue name: Smokey’s 11101
Contact:
Address: 5-16 51st Ave
Queens

Cross street: between 5th St and Vernon Blvd
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11am–10pm; Fri 11am–11am; Sat, Sun noon–10pm
Transport: Subway: 7 to Vernon Blvd–Jackson Ave
Price: Average main course: $17. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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