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Estelle's in Farmingdale: Closed

Baby back ribs are cooked low and slow

Baby back ribs are cooked low and slow in 100 percent hickory smoke, and served with mac and cheese, mashed sweet potatoes, and corn bread at Estelle�s Contemporary Smokehouse and Bar in Farmingdale. (May 28, 2011) Credit: Heather Walsh

Although the sign still says to watch for its grand reopening, the phone number at Estelle’s Contemporary Smokehouse & Bar is no longer in service.

The restaurant, which specialized in slow-smoked barbecue, received a two-and-a-half-star rating in Newsday for chef Evan Randell's ambitious cooking: deeply smoky beef and pork  ribs.

The site’s last occupant was the short-lived Fatty Beltbuckles. Before that, the building housed Viva Juan and, going back even more, Melanie’s a Bistro. Plus a few in-between tenants that didn’t stay long enough to leave an impression. Could it be that address is jinxed?

Above, ribs at the former Estelle's in Farmingdale