Smoked is the BBQ place on Second Avenue and 6th whose menu apes the graphic design (fonts, so forth) of Blue Smoke. The menu, for a BBQ joint, has a lot of cutesy items like duck confit. My friend I stuck to basics.
First off they bring a square wooden sake cup to the table filled with homemade pickle spears which taste similar to those overpriced, barely-pickled hip pickles they sell at the Greenmarket. Not to my taste.
We ordered the lamb sausage appetizer. Two goat-cheese sized tablets of lamb topped with corn relish arrived. Bland like the first time you make a hamburger at home and realize youre supposed to season the meat.
Then they brought to the table a plate with three serviceable sauces: Asian something, mild Southern something, spicy Southern something. To use these with your entree they provide one tiny basting brush. Obviously theyre onto the fact that the sauces are all undistinguished as they assume youre going to be mixing the sauces by using only one brush for all three. The spicy was the best of the bunch, because the spice gave it some character.
I had baby back ribs. Serviceable. Not great. Meat falling off the bone, for all of you foodies who want to debate if this is a merit or not. My friend had the short ribs that were deboned. Nothing great. No smoke taste as far as I could discern. The waiter made a point of telling us how special the slaw was that came with the short ribs. Not particularly special.
For sides we had cajun fries: McDonald-style fries dusted with seasoning. Hot and fried is the best I can say about them. Not bad. Then we had the brown sugar biscuits. Not bad. My friend said, These are the best biscuits Ive ever had! Theyre very sweet, which might account for his reaction.
No desert, one beer, one lemonade: $77 with tip. I wouldnt return. Bone Lick Park is much better for BBQ in the village.