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Blue Smoke
Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluesmoke.com
  • Phone: (212) 447-7733
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday and Monday: 11:30am-10:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm; Friday and Saturday: 11:30am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American
  • Executive Chef: Ken Callaghan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Be sure to check out Jazz Standard downstairs where there is live music 7 days a week. Shows are at 7:30pm & 9:30pm every night, with an additional 11:30pm show on Fridays and Saturdays.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue
  • Public Transit: 6 Train to Park Avenue So. and 28th Street, and the N,R at 28th and Broadway.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Blue Smoke
Widely credited as the founder of New York City’s barbecue movement, Blue Smoke celebrates the evolving American South while honoring its culinary traditions. Executive Chef Kenny Callaghan’s menu combines homestyle comfort with culinary finesse. Classic and specialty cocktails, an extensive American craft beer list, bourbon and American wines complete the experience.

The flagship Blue Smoke, with the club Jazz Standard, is located on East 27th Street in New York City, and a second location opened in 2012 in NYC’s Battery Park City.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
Diner Reviews
  • "There are better BBQ restaurants in NYC that are less expensive. It has nice décor and is suitable for a business lunch but the food is disappointing. This is not an uncommon problem for BBQ restaurants that try to do too many styles at once. On the bright side the beer list is good."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Great Ribs, barbecued meats - sauses. Casual - not formal dining - but excellent food."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This is a great place to go for lunch on the weekend, casual and laid back with really good BBQ. There are lots of kids and strollers and bustling around, but nice and comfortable. Food is really good, the appetizers and deserts too. The brisket and pulled pork were what we had. It wasn't the best BBQ I've ever eaten, but it hit the spot and there were enough affordable options too. Staff was friendly and there was a nice area in the back with sunshine and windows that was unexpected. Clean place and quick if you want it to be. We were in/out in under an hour."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Blue Smoke has an excellent bar, there's always some kind of special deal going on (most recently, boutique bourbons from the South) and it has a nightly scene that makes it fun. The BBQ is excellent if a little pricey, the sides and desserts are also excellent. If you're in the mood for ribs, go! We like the Flatiron location best. Lots of character with a view of small garden if you get a table in the back. Downstairs tables are vibrant, festive; upstairs more private and quiet for conversation. One of our fave places to go in Manhattan. Book in advance if you want to sit downstairs w/party of 4 or more."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had the rib sampler and I have to say that the beef ribs were very good. In addition the house beer has a very unique taste. Great restaurant, just maybe a little bit loud..."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I took a group for messy fun ribs and then some jazz, awesome night at the Blue!!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "IT WAS MY FIRST TIME IN NEW YORK CITY AND I VISITED BLUE SMOKE FOR DINNING MY FIRST NIGHT THERE WITH A PARTY OF 3. ALL PLATES WERE VERY TASTY AND VERY GOOD ALSO OPTICALLY. I SURELY RECOMMEND IT IF SOMEONE WANTS TO TRY ORIGINAL AMERICAN BARBEQUE CUISINE!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Ribs are to die for!!!!!!!!!!!! Tender yet not quite fall off the bone. service was excellant, make a reservation or you will wait a long time. it is owrth the wait though. I will be back!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food at Blue Smoke is good but not great. Everything else about the restaurant, though, is so delightful -- its friendly and efficient service, plus its convivial atmosphere -- that a meal here is always a happy event. I can't think of another restaurant about which I can say the same."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Came for the ribs and the Mac & cheese. Took salt & peppers ribs and Memphis. It was ok but nothing memorable. Kids took Mac & cheese and it was ok. Last took the burger and was the best part, juicy and well cooked. Overall, nice place with nice people for a nice dinner eith fair foods."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "everything was very good, except table assignement and struggle to get a decent table."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Authentic barbeque in NYC. Texas ribs amazing as well as pork and beans. Great Beer selection"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My grandson declared this to be his favorite restaurant with good-sized portions of really good meat and side dishes. The rest of us could not match his appetite - teenage boys can eat anyone under the table - but thoroughly enjoyed our meals."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Ive been here tons of times, have had the pulled pork, the sampler (ribs, chicken, brisket) and ribs on their own. Always really enjoyed it but well nothing sang to me. Well this time I tried the beer-braised short ribs and it was the best thing Ive had there. And their pie of the day was coconut cream and the best pie Ive had there and the best coconut cream pie Ive ever had. They need to make that pie permanent!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We find that the combination of excellent ribs at Blue Smoke and excellent music at Jazz Standard provides a wonderful nitht out in New York."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Blue Smoke, Big deal. Cole slaw was a neutral color, memphis ribs were undercooked and my key lime pie was frozen. The food ,how do you say...sucked? The service was the only thing that kept me seated."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This was a delicious experience! Our whole family loved this restaurant! I recommend this restaurant to everyone! This is a place not to be missed! Our son really felt welcomed and special here, and that is priceless! Thanks for a wonderful meal!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I was going to say Blue Smoke is dependable, but so are fast food and quick serve restaurants. I think the combination of menu and service make Blue Smoke the best barbeque option in the city. I'll be back."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Everytime we visit NYC we have to leave 1 night for Blue Smoke. Gotta have the brisket, mac cheese, corn bread and hot fudge sunday!!! Alway great service, upbeat and positive!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Blue Smoke was one of the first high end BBQ places in NYC and continues to thrive. While it can be noisy, if you request the back room it is quite tolerable. We shared apps of the terrific Chipotle wings, and a special of fish tacos and shrimp corn dogs (yummy). I had the salt and pepper beef ribs; my wife the chicken; our friends the baby back pork ribs. Everything was flavorful and moist --- sauces were good --- nothing was very spicy, by the way. Sides were creamed spinach and the sweet potato fires. Stuffed, we shared one dessert --- delicious Key Lime pie that was better than most I have had in Key West. In all, still dependable; not at all stuffy; lots of fun!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had a group of 6 and ordered several apps and mains for sharing. All the food was good and the sharing made it a fun group experience."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "As usual the experience was lovely. Great food, drinks and service. Try the Blue Smoke bourbon if you like bourbon! A must try."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We had a great experience at Blue Smoke as we celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary this week. We reserved with Open Table and made a note that it was our anniversary, so would they mind giving us a quiet corner so we could talk? Much to our surprise the waitstaff greeted us with complimentary champagne a few minutes after we sat down, and when we ordered an ice cream sundae dessert, they wrote "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate on the plate. So elegant and special - and all of that while we licked our fingers clean after sharing some sides (the beans were amazing and the fries were excellent), the rib sampler (perfect for 2) and wings (not spicy, but delicious). We had so much fun, and look forward to coming back with friends and family!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "My husband I were heading to a broadway show and decided to have dinner at blue smoke because we've gone there before a few years ago. I ordered the baby back ribs which I had before but found that the ribs were rather very dry not as good as I remembered. The sweet potato fries were really great probably the most enjoyable of the meal and my husband enjoy his chicken even though he only eats white meat. The drinks were good not watered down like some place. The atmosphere was not too loud as we were able to have a decent conversation without raising our voices."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent , highly reccomend the warm potato chips and bacon and blu chesse dip !"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I went there with my husband and we freaked out on the delicious food. The rib's were the best!! great (TASTY) food, good service, and pretty good portions! going back for sure"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Amazing bbq food. Variety of sauces. Just a great overall experience. Oh and did i mention mac and cheese?"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "One of my favorites in NYC. Great BBQ and excellent service"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "OK, but not fine dining. Ribs were good, fried chicken was average, nothing special. side of Brussel sprouts was tasteless."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "One of our favorite restaurants in NYC and we make a point of coming here every trip to the City. Great comfort food, well prepared with excellent service. The atmosphere is appropriate for all ages and occasions - a pleaseure to bring friends or business colleagues. We look forward to every visit and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Really friendly and attentive staff. Fun for the kids. They got the normal kids menu stuff with crayons etc, but then they also got to decorate a cookie that they baked for them and handed back sealed in a plastic bag when we were done with lunch. The spear ribs, pulled pork and brisket were all extremely good. My 6 year old picky eater loved the ribs. "Best meat ever!" Reservation is recommended, since the place fills up fast as soon as it opens. GREAT place! :)"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Blue smoke was ok... Nothing to write home about ... Went there on a Friday night it was great as soon as my group and I arrived we were seated. The first table was rather tight for six people and when an unexpected friend showed up they staff gave us a much better table to accommodate everyone. Overall the meal was okay, drinks were ok ---the blood orange margaritas were awesooooome !!! Must try and the chipotle wings... It's a cool place the experience ok...."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "As usual, the food was good. Excellent BBQ. The roasted brussels sprouts were delicious. The mac and cheese was creamy ( avoid it you are counting calories). Good bar, well made cocktails. Apart from the food, the table service was good and cordially. However, my experience at Blue Smoke is always tempted with the interaction with the host/hostess. This trip she neglected to tell me the rest of the party had already arrived when I checked in, although they had checked in as well. Secondly no one asked to check our coats, and lastly we were seated 15 minutes after she told us the table would be on time. Needless to add, I had to asked again how soon we will be seated after the reservation time passed."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food was tasty, but could have been warmer. Service was great! Drinks are a bit pricey -- maybe some weekly specials would be nice for lunch."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "My husband & I went for lunch on a Sunday during restaurant week. The food was delicious and the wait staff were great. They were helpful and brought us hushpuppies on the house. We will be going back."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The food was delicious, first time eating smoked chicken and it was a great choice, the banana pudding is phenomenal, it's a must have. I would definitely go back"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "My experience at Blue Smoke was fantastic from the moment I walked into the restaurant. Everything was absolutely delicious and the service was as incredible as the food."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "This is based on my Sunday Lunch here for Restaurant week. The menu sounded great on paper, but was lacking in execution. For the appetizers, I ordered the Pepper Sausage, while my boyfriend order the Spicy Wings. The sausage was underwhelming & a tiny plate. The wings were delicious & a perfect portion size. For the main dish, I ordered the Smoked Trout & my boyfriend ordered the Short Ribs. When I ordered Smoked Trout I expected a dish similar to a Blackened Catfish, but no it was a limp piece of fish, with no flavor. The salad that accompanied it was nice. The Short Ribs were much better than my dish, but was still lacking in flavor. The desserts were the best part of the meal, but couldn't take away the bad taste in my mouth."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Blue Smoke is the first restaurant I dined within the USHG, and I have to say that the servers there were pleasantly friendly. Our server was attentive, but not over the top. The BBQ was — as raved in many reviews — so tender and amazing. The desserts (key lime pie and warm banana pudding) were also very tasty. I went around 5pm so it wasn't too crowded yet, but it seems like there would be enough room to move around even if it was a full house. Good space for small children too; we saw a hand full of them (and baby strollers), and I was pleasantly surprised to see how friendly our server was to the little boy sitting a few tables down from us :) I will definitely recommend the restaurant to friends!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Blue Smoke delivers with amazing bbq every time. The staff is always friendly and the service is good, they bring out everything relatively quickly even when packed. I bring groups of friends here and nobody ever leaves unhappy. Some of the best ribs I've ever had and the sides are all amazing, not to mention the extensive whiskey & bourbon list."
    Dined on 2/28/2014