Great food, so-so service..I went to Blue Smoke on Mother's Day with my family of 4 and a friend of mine and her daughter. We love Blue Smoke's casual atmosphere and their appreciation of kids. Our reservation was at 11am, which was opening time for them and we were seated promptly. The food was delicious, but there were a few service related mishaps that were unexpected - we started with one server and then someone else picked up our table. During that transition, my husband ended up with two bloody mary's, while having ordered only one. In celebration of Mother's Day, mothers were being given a special cupcake in a nice white box - which I thought was a very nice until my friend was given one and I was not.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved it!We made reservations for Mother's Day and the food did not disappoint. The ribs were tender and flavorful, and the side dishes of corn bread and sweet potato wedges were delicious! I would recommend a thousand times over....can't wait to go back. :-)5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMcarnivores rejoiceI took my college son and three of his friends here for dinner: excellent decision, but at the same time I will definitely return with (only) my husband. If you're in the mood for southern barbecue in a very pleasant setting, served competently and with a smile, this is the place for you. I don't eat a lot of meat simply because I usually find ethnic vegetarian food more interesting, but I had the pulled pork. The beef ribs were also delicious (nabbed one from my son's plate). I will return just to make a meal out of the side dishes and corn bread: lots of delicious choices.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMBlue Smoke is FunExcellent ribs, friendly service. Sometimes it gets too loud, but even then, it's not too hard to conduct a conversation.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways greatSo good, so consistent. Friendly, attentive service, absolutely delicious food, and they acknowledged our special occasion (anniversary) in a thoughtful way. Love this lace!5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMMmmmm BBQGreat BBQ and terrific sides. One of my NY favorites when I visit. I definitely recommend reservations with Open Table since the wait can be 45 mins or more at busier times.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful TimeWe were seated immediately even though our entire part was not there. The service was great and the food was wonderful. I will definitely be back!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMNothing Else Compares!Best barbecue in the city hands down! Nothing else compares to the baby back ribs...and the servce is excellent and accommodating as well!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing, delicious, wouldAmazing, delicious, would definitely go back again!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is amazing! We hadThe food is amazing! We had a wonderful time. It did get noisy and difficult to hear they need some kind of sound deadening material to absorb the sound.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe left a hand-written commentWe left a hand-written comment card with the restaurant, singing their praises. The waitress was attentive, but never once "interrupted" us. This was my mom's 63rd birthday, and they presented her with a beautiful "Happy Birthday" on her dessert plate (written in chocolate frosting), and candle on top of a chocolate layer cake slice. Wonderful touch! The food was great, the Bloody Mary's were VERY good--spicy and a nice kick, not watered down. My brother is a foodie and a bit of a big-shot in the food circles--and he was very satisfied as well. The music was excellent, not too loud and the genre (Jazz, Blues, Rock-Blues) was very well balanced. The rib sampler was my favorite! A great experience overall.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMUsually with an Open TableUsually with an Open Table reservation we get a terrific table. However, this time I had to ask to be switched (one of those long benches with chairs on the other side and you are actually in the people's conversation next to you) They did accommodate us but it was the first time an OT res. did not have a good seating set up. Blue Smoke is a great bbq place and the food is really good..hopefully next time our seating will be better.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently GoodSeated on the mezzanine- I prefer the main floor, but it turned out to be fine. The appetizer arrived cold, it was sent back, but after receiving a new appetizer which was hot, everything else was fine. I have been eating at Blue Smoke, perhaps once a year since it opened and the restaurant has been consistently good.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious! The sweet potatoDelicious! The sweet potato fries were the best ones I have ever had and the sauce made with mayo, maple syrup and sour cream was super delish! The ribs were also very tasty. Can't wait to go back and that time enjoy some jazz with dinner.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBlue Smoke is very popular,Blue Smoke is very popular, and the secret seems to be its ambiance. The food, featuring barbecue, is good but not great. Still, somehow the staff keeps the mood convivial, and the food is good enough without challenging timid palates. Also, prices are moderate. I'm always happy at Blue Smoke. Still, given a kitchen that's never quite impressive, I can't figure out why.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWas recommended to try andWas recommended to try and not disappointed, great food ambience and service. Was pleasantly surprised to see so many families enjoying a Sunday brunch. Would definitely recommend4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWe made reservations and weWe made reservations and we arrived 15 minutes earlier and we had to wait. However, the food was incredible AWESOME! We tried the ribs sampler for two and ordered the spicy cheese fries (super yumm!) and the mac and cheese. The beer sampler (four, 5oz each) is a good choice if you are not sure what to drink.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat beer selection and yougreat beer selection and you can get a 5 beer sampler, ribs were awesome - recommend the rib sampler to try them all.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent barbecue. The appetiziersExcellent barbecue. The appetiziers and sides distinguish Blue Smoke as one of the best places to go for your barbecue fix. Service is great and attentive. Always one of my favorites4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food with great serviceGreat food with great service made for a wonderful Easter dinner. We will be back.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a reservation for aWe had a reservation for a group of 6 for Easter dinner and all agreed the food was delicious and the atmosphere relaxed and comfortable without demanding attention. Our server was professional and courteous keeping up with our needs yet not being pushy by interrupting conversations to see how we were doing. The wait at the bar while members of our party arrived and the table was being prepared was an equally nice part of the evening. The bartender was welcoming and knowledgable and the size of the bar itself is nice and large, not crammed and tiny. We definitely will return to the Blue Smoke to enjoy another satisfying dinner experience.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMI used to live in North Carolina,I used to live in North Carolina, so I tried the NC Barbecue (with sauce from the table). I loved it! We split a chopped salad and it was excellent.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMI always enjoy dining at BlueI always enjoy dining at Blue Smoke. The food is delicious, especially the pulled pork platter, and the service attentive and friendly. The lager and ale menu is varied and full of surprises and there's always a new addition or two.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMFrom the moment I walked throughFrom the moment I walked through the door I was greeted with such kindness and happiness. The people working there seemed genuinely happy to be there. To me that makes a huge difference in my dining experience.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMTwo couples from NorwayBlue smoke is one of the best barbequerestaurant I've been to. Great atmosphere, nice ribs, good coctails and lot of different beers. Will come back next time in NYC!3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMAlthough a bit pricy as allAlthough a bit pricy as all items are a la carte, the food was tasty.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMBlue Smoke never disappoints.Blue Smoke never disappoints. The food is consistently good and satisfying. Friends in from out of town had the rib sampler and were wowed. They also loved the mac & cheese (which is sinful), the collard greens and sweet potato fries. We also had the dessert sampler, which was perfect and a bit sinful. There are a great selection of beers to choose from and the service is always great.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMSuch a gem! ConsistentlySuch a gem! Consistently delicious from appetizer, to entree and dessert. Rib sampler & dessert samplers are great for sharing, and be sure to try all of the sauces to see which you like best - you may be surprised! Service is attentive and friendly. Only minor comment is that there is a huge waiting list (most people hang out at the bar), so there is no lingering over dessert. Go for lunch/brunch which is much more relaxing.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMA nice change from the usualFun place to go. A little bit different and not your typical New York food. Wonderful ribs and tasteful side dishes which you pay for. I would go back. Have been to Kansas City for their ribs and this is a close second. Wait staff is attentive. Try the "Flights" of beer. A nice sampling.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat staff and busy for aGreat staff and busy for a reason.
Loved the food and can't wait for the rock shrimp to return!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMArrived 30 mins early forArrived 30 mins early for our 7:15 reservation and the hostess told us she would try to get us in a bit early. Turned out to be 15 mins late getting in. I really wish they would hire someone other than inexperienced staff with no ability to think on their feet and no concept of excellent customer service. Once we got past that, the food and service were what they always are - very good.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMBlue Smoke's lively vibesBlue Smoke's lively vibes and happy generational mix make the restaurant a winner. The food is very good -- short of great, perhaps, but tasty enough to keep crowds returning. This place is fun.3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMNobody Makes Ribs Like Blue SmokeThe ambience, food, drink and service here are all sublime, but the ribs take center stage! Nobody makes baby back ribs like Blue Smoke!12/24/2012 12:00:00 AMBest Pulled Pork in the AppleBest pulled pork in the City. Danny Myers' restaurants are always wonderful. Great service. Let me order something that wasn't on the dinner menu. Seated us early.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM