Sneak Peek: Fink’s BBQ and Smokehouse in Dumont, NJ

Dave Finkelstein is a name that has become synonymous to many in Bergen County with BBQ. His time minding the smoker at Mexicali Blues (Teaneck), Fink’s Funky Chicken and Ribs (River Edge), Bailey’s Smokehouse (Blauvelt) and others has lifted him to almost mythical status to the point where many have lamented his non-activity because they miss the “best BBQ they’ve ever had”. Those people can lament no longer since Dave is back with his new outpost called Fink’s BBQ and Smokehouse in Dumont (taking over Madison’s Bar and Grill). And Chef Finkelstein was kind enough to give Boozy Burbs a sneak peek before they fully open next week!

Chef Finkelstein is branding this menu as NJ-style BBQ, so don’t expect a clone of other more prominent BBQ styles. He explained he’s taken a mixture from his local NJ upbringing (River Edge) and combined it with what he’s learned over the years to create something entirely unique. View Menu (PDF)


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Southern Pride Smoker (aka Where the Magic Happens)

The name of the place is called Fink’s BBQ, so naturally smoked meat is the centerpiece of the menu. There’s everything that most would expect from pulled pork, beef ribs, spare ribs and chopped beef (brisket). There’s also some other BBQ fare like pulled turkey, stuffed meatloaf and BBQ hash (which will include the “extras” of the various meat cuts thrown together with potatoes). Seafood, sandwiches and salads round out the menu for dinner. Chef Finkelstein and his sous chef Bob Gant are making everything in house. That includes the sauces, rubs, salad dressings, sides and desserts. About the only thing they’re not making are the fries (due to time constraints).

You probably wouldn’t forgive us if we didn’t mention some of the unique sounding appetizer menu items (and ingredients) including Beer Cheese, New Jersey Lollipops (crisp bacon wrapped new potato stuffed with Taylor ham), Porkenfries (fries smothered with pulled pork, melted cheddar and muenster cheeses, sour cream, cole slaw and scallion) and the chili which rotates meats and spices on a daily basis.


New Jersey Lollipops (New Potatoes stuffed with Taylor Ham and wrapped in Bacon)

For lunch, there is a “quick service” carving station that will be serving market price (by weight) beef ribs and one daily special smoked meat. Each day will have a theme (Monday: Deli Style; Wednesday: For The Birds) and the smoked meat option will match that theme (Deli Style: Corned Beef, Pastrami; For The Birds: Turkey Breast, Duck, Quail). This will allow for those who traditionally make lunch choices based on timing the ability to grab food that is already prepared and get in and out quickly.

The dining room seats 80 with a party room in the back that holds approximately 36. There is a full bar which will be featuring a bourbon menu. They will not be offering delivery, but they plan on the menu being available for takeout and catering. The place has soft opened, but the official grand opening with full menu won’t be available till next week.


Chopped Beef BBQ in a Pan


Chopped Beef BBQ finished with BBQ Sauce

The chopped beef bbq is smoked brisket that has been cooked a little crisp with rendered brisket fat and then mixed with their signature sauce.


Pulled Pork with Sauce


Coleslaw


Apple Crumb Pie Bread Pudding (yes, that’s one thing not two things) with Caramel Sauce

Fink’s BBQ and Smokehouse26 West Madison Avenue,Dumont, NJ(201) 384-3210 Website

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5 Comments

  1. New Jersey Lollipops (New Potatoes stuffed with Taylor Ham and wrapped in Bacon

    Yummmmm!!! slurp!!!! lick the sauce!!!!!

  2. So glad Dave Finkelstein is back in the restaurant business. We had been at all his previous new jersey and new york locations and loved the food. Can’t wait until it opens.

  3. Missing the best waitress:Jen
    Fired her a week before Christmas. Been a waitress there for years. Don’t come here, don’t.

  4. Not very impressed!! Don’t bring the kids if you expect them to eat….absolutely nothing for them. The portions are also small w/ the price you are paying. They won’t survive with that kind of menu

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