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Fink's Funky - dinner/trip report by NYC Chowhound

elvislives | Mar 31, 2003 04:38 PM

couple weeks ago stumbled upon a review or info on Finks Funky and decided I would eventually make a trip to check it out (as I'm on a quest for good spots to stop off RT 17 AND decent BBQ on the east coast) - made the trip last Friday and here's what we found:

Overall I'd give it a "so-so". Would be a decent stand-by place for to go if you lived near by. But in terms of hounding-out a hidden treasure or great BBQ joint - it was disappointing.

Some things were pretty good, most were fair to poor. The biggest things for me was how the meat is served/prepared...

Good BBQ must be served hot and fresh. ALL the BBQ meat we had at Finks was taken cold from a frig - put in a sauce pan with oil (?) and BBQ sauce and fried in the sauce pan to heat it. BBQ brisket should be sliced off a hot piece of meat and then the slices taken from the carving board and dropped in a pile on your plate (maybe slightly fanned) - NOT a bunch of slices stir-fried in a pan. This is the way their ribs, pulled pork and chicken is also prepared. As a result all the meat has a left-over, gamy, tinge to the taste. And is tougher than it should be. Pork, Ribs, Brisket - should be kept hot so that it retains the moisture and melt in your mouth quality - there is no compromising on this when it comes to good BBQ. The whole thing is based on the slow melting of the fat and the taste and tenderness that gives the meat - chilling and reheating ruins this effect.

Service was VERY slow (they kept taking phone orders while we sat at the counter, after 15 min it was like "hey, we got here before all those calls") - but the people were VERY nice. no atmosphere - but we weren't expecting any, and honestly neither the service or the atmosphere effected our opinion.

Below is the food we got and it's rating (they fit in 3 categories... "great" = very good/ate every drop, so-so = eh, not so good, but not terrible, and just plain "not good", no second bites except to confirm it was bad)

*Fink's homemade BBQ sauce - "very good" - great sweet, rich, spicy sauce with hint of vinegar
*Ribs - "so-so" - not much flavor (other than smoky) - not "fall off bone" tender
*Smoked chicken - "very good" - the best of their smoked meats - tender and tasty
*Pulled pork - "not good" - tough and had re-heated flavor - pulled into very big finger size chucks - not very tender, lots of fat
*Brisket - "not good" - leftover/reheated meat flavor, not tender, browned on all sides (what the?)
*Baked beans - "very good" - excellent bean! - very tasty, bits of pork (the size and tenderness their pulled pork should have)
*Corn Bread - "not good" - overly dense, sticky - not fresh (most items did not taste fresh)
*Corn Cake - "very good" the one item on menu I think was cooked fresh - small custard corn cake - very yummy
*Coleslaw - "not good" - tasteless, not fresh
*Potato Salad - "so-so" - potato chucks in mustard sauce, no nothing else (like onion, celery, egg, bacon...)
*Mac and Cheese - "not good" boiled mac with a very thin tasteless cheese sauce the consistency of milk
*Greens - "not good" - grey, old, bad taste

If you're like me and have hunted out great BB down south, or out around Austin - this is not the place you are looking for. If you're in the hood - some items are worth stopping in for. Also - I did not try everything - maybe their fried chicken is worth the trek...

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