Johnny’s B-B-Q Smokehouse Grill in Pearl River



New in the spot where Adagio restaurant (and then Danny’s) used to be: Johnny’s B-B-Q and Smokehouse, part Irish pub, part barbecue joint. Owner Johnny Smyth, a former bartender at Piermont’s Sidewalk Bistro, has snagged chef Dave “Fink” Finkelstein to man the smoker, and the menu shows it, with killer ribs that drip off the bone; juicy, smoky chicken; and bacon everywhere.

The Texas lollipops appetizer, which is bacon-wrapped smoked sausage dipped in BBQ sauce and served with horseradish sauce. ( Xavier Mascareñas / The Journal News )

Even the salads are stand-up. The wainscoted dining room is airy and comfortable, with banquettes lining the walls, dim lighting and warm wooden tables, and the bar, which can be noisy, stocks a healthy supply of Guinness, Brooklyn Lager and Smithwick’s Magner Irish Cider. There’s a late-night menu available on weekends, too.

Details: 50 E. Central Ave., Pearl River. 845-735-3970. Open for dinner nightly; limited late-night menu available Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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