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:|
5-16 51st Ave
|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|