by Julie Besonen, 03/06/2013
Photo: Daniel Krieger
The Smoke Joint
87 S. Elliott Place, 718-797-1011, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
If you don't already live in Brooklyn, a visit to The Smoke Joint may make you wish you did. There's a genuine sense of community there, a palpable lovefest between staff and regulars. Flyers advertise local businesses and bands' upcoming gigs, and the friendly bartender seems to know everybody. Despite its barbecue focus, the Smoke Joint has a bistro—not a bluesy—feel. The pigs served here didn't live in vain, giving sustenance through juicy pulled pork and rich baby back ribs. Macaroni and cheese is straightforward in its golden splendor, the barbecue-spiced fries slim and crisp.