Blue Smoke
Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluesmoke.com/
  • Phone: 2124477733x
  • 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: American, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Jean-Paul Bourgeois
  • 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 Jean-Paul Bourgeois’ 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
Blue Smoke reviews from OpenTable diners
338 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (192)great for lunch (119)fit for foodies (111)neighborhood gem (106)kid-friendly (100)vibrant bar scene (83)hot spot (64)special occasion (42)great for brunch (42)late-night find (36)romantic (15)great for outdoor dining (10)notable wine list (9)scenic view (2)Show More
  • DinnerWith Stu
    DinnerWithStu
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I went to lunch today, I had never stopped in for lunch. The wings were good, the baby back ribs were delicious. The beer that was recommended by the waiter was very good as well.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Jazz and Barbacue
    twall
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Decided to dine here before going to the first session of the Mingus Big Band I'm glad we did I enjoyed the food more and was able see what I was eating. Overall a great nite of food and entertainment you cant beat that.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful BBQ!
    EnjoyEatingVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Everything was top notch -- food, service, etc. Went there with my 4 sisters and 91 year old mother. We were a little early for our reservation but they took us right away. My mother had a walker and they quickly came over to check it so that it would not be in our way. The cornbread madelines melt in your mouth! We each had something difference and everything was very tasty. My mother can't stop talking about this place!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Great Service
    tefireviewtime
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our waitress was so sweet. the food was OKAY, the brisket was WAY too fatty and the broccoli was really watery. But the waitress was so attentive and the ambiance was fun.
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    good for groups
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  • too bad its changed!
    manhattancuit208VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Menu has been changed and does not have the selection choices of the old menu. The new menu focuses more on southern cooking a la New Orleans rather than barbecue and the chef uses way too much salt in dishes.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Warning: The Menu has Changed!
    DrDiningVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have been a patron of Blue Smoke for years and was very disappointed that the menu has completely changed! Almost all appetizers and most main courses are different (and more limited). Honestly, it has become a much more expensive place to dine (as now everything is 'a la carte' AND they have raised their prices). It no longer has the menu that used to make me come in several times per month. I really hope that they expand/fix the current menu offerings and bring back more of what they once had- I was very disappointed. One good new thing: The Hostesses are all new and much, much friendlier!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blue Smoke Blues
    Kadi
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I had lived in the area for 33 years and was a frequent diner. I even had a special birthday here only two years ago. Since I moved away, when I had a visitor from Ca., I wanted to go back to one of my favorite spots. Unfortunately, the ribs were not very meaty, the spicy broccoli was overcooked and burnt-tasting, and my only savior was the original banana creme pie but the portion was smaller than usual. Also, they changed the menu to a seasonal menu and my old favorites(sweet potato fries, and caesar salad w/chicken) were gone. Go back to your old menu and since you have a new chef, get a quick course!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • BBQ in the City
    ladythatlunchesVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Who knew that you could get good barbeque in NYC? We decided to go with two platters of mixed meats as a kind of tasting menu. Two for three was enough to take home some. The Test: Chicken. The barbeque chicken was smoky AND moist. Delicious, it passed the test. The pulled pork had just a hint of vinegar so it was just right and the ribs were deeply varnished with smoke and sauce. They made good eats. Also tried the pimento cheese and sausage, surprisingly good and the mac & cheese, which had the gooey texture and over-cheesed flavor of an old fashioned Velveta-style mac & cheese. That is a good thing. The biscuits, although flaky, were a little disappointing. Overall, "finger lickin' good".
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Not Bad, but no Cowgirl
    MarkNYC64VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Blue Smoke was pretty good. Can't say how the BBQ was since I had a shrimp po boy...and it was NOT the best shrimp po boy I've ever had, but it was okay. Probably won't be my go-to place in Manhattan for BBQ though. Menu was extremely limited. Service could've been better. Not a bad experience but things were lacking that I noticed, so...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be
    MsMichelleVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Blue Smoke is definitely not what it used to be. I have been here many times before with the old chef and it was always wonderful. You can count on a good time. This time though, the service was slow and not good. On top of that, the portions were small and it took about an hour and a half to get our food.
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  • Good man's meal
    Robert009
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Excellent bar-b-que. Very tasty. Dessert (key lime) was very average, but overall excellent meal.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great BBQ
    ReliableVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I enjoy getting the variety plate - and you can substitute an item - for example I substituted the brisket for the chicken. The meat does not come with BBQ sauce on it (thankfully) - they provide two types of homemade BBQ sauce on the side.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I used to adore Blue Smoke, but they recently changed their menu and removed some of my favorite dishes and cocktails. Additionally, the brisket was surprisingly dry and they no longer have the sauces that I love on the table. I used to go to Blue Smoke at least once a month, but now I have no reason to go back.
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  • On the decline
    RomeoBravo
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I've been going to Blue Smoke for years. Every year I take my buddy here for his bday along with anytime I crave BBQ. The restaurant was very empty and they sat us right by the kitchen & drink station. Waitress comes by and doesn't even introduce herself - takes our drink order and heads off to the bar. In the mean time, they seat groups on each side of us.. with plenty of other open two/four tops available. These tables are so close you cannot ignore your dining neighbors.. The bright side is the food is still good. Historically they've always done something special for bud's bday. Whether it was an app or desert, not even a happy bday from any staff. Yes it was in the open table reservation notes. Not the norm for a Danny Meyer rest.
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  • great southern food
    lovebirdsfromNYC
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great southern food, but somewhat lacking in southern hospitality. I suppose that is expected in a New York restaurant. Overall, still a good experience. Food and drinks came out quickly and was delicious! My 7 pepper rub brisket and my husband's variety meat platter (can't recall the cute name they had for it) had us reminiscing about our old aventures in San Antonio.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's changed but still delicious
    LillethVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We were looking forward to the rib sampler that they used to have. But when we got there and noticed the sauce caddy was no longer there, we knew things changed. The ribs are still delicious. I had the Shrimp boil which had the perfect amount of spiciness. We ordered so many appetizers and side dishes that we were really really full so no room for dessert. Service was spectacular. It's different than before but still delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best brisket but ok ribs
    EastsideLeeVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The 7 pepper rubbed brisket was to die for but the baby back ribs were very dry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunshineVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Still enjoying the food after an absence of some time. The menu is good although the portions seem somewhat smaller now while the prices aren't. Our waitress couldn't have been more helpful and courteous which enhanced our experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Danny Meyer gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Fabulous b-b-q with just the right mix of casual and serious atmosphere. You can't ask for better or more knowledgeable staff Table always ready at your reservation time, no one rushes you and the selection of foods is terrific. Particularly liked the baked oysters and the pulled pork. Great place for a couple or a crowd. They never miss a detail. Highly recommended. Thank you - we had delicious fun.
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    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as good as the first time
    meatlover
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The chicken wings and the ribs were too hard and dry. Juicier would be better.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • geat experience
    drew
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    had great time. pulled pork was amazing and I am from NC. Added bonus is jazz show downstairs in the Jazz Standard
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    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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  • Missed the mark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Had been looking forward to trying Blue Smoke for a long time, but was thoroughly disappointed with my first experience. The first thing I noticed, was the prices - way too high for what they are offering. Secondly, everything is a la carte.. $20+ for a plate with meat a piece of cheap white bread a 2 slices of pickles is not what I call a meal. So if you want to add a starch or vegetable, be prepared to spend about $9 per side! We ordered the mac n' cheese, expecting it to be amazing.. It tasted like Velveta that had hardened into a coagulated brick. Did not taste "premium" or even homemade. The "heirloom" tomatoes where mushy and they added cherry tomatoes (a cheap filler) to the dish.
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  • Lunch
    WalkingDunn
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Pulled pork was delicious, Mac n cheese was creamy and delightful, you have to have the deviled eggs and chips! The Blue Smoke Pale Ale was great and the house bourbon was smooth and warm.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Gem.
    sarahxtina
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was great, the hush puppies were addicting the mac and cheese was creamy and buttery the ambiance was fantastic it's was lively and the service was friendly and speedy not to mention the extensive drink list. This place is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mac cheese
    Tegan
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A real smokehouse atmosphere and good food. Generous on the portion size too do make sure your eyes are not bigger a than your belly at this place. Note, it was essential to book on Saturday
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    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Blue Smoke has a new chef who has trimmed the menu, altered a few old stand-by dishes, and added several new ones. But he has neither raised nor lowered the restaurant's quality. It's still very good, if not quite fantastic. Both the service and the ambiance are as convivial and welcoming as ever. Blue Smoke is reliable, casual fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Always excellent
    Sharcat
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Ours was a work lunch (group of 6) and everyone at the table commented on how delicious their main course was - presses beef with pimento cheese sandwich was raved about and brisket is always out if this world. Loved fried bread and deviled eggs appetizers, too.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and menu has been better
    bmeyers
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Ate at Blue Smoke on a Tuesday Night. I remember the menu being more substantial, with a selection of types of ribs, and more variety. The selection of sides was disappointing. Food was good, but has been better. Too many better BBQ places to go back.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Excellent food
    Cg77
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had food from the lunch menu and it was all excellent and reasonably priced
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meat lover's delight
    nyctourists
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were disappointed to find that there were no sides with the meat entree, and our server didn't tell us that. Otherwise we would have ordered additional food to go with the main dish.
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  • Food was good but service was slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    If you live near by, go for the take out. Otherwise, it may not be worth your time. 30 minute wait with reservations - they forgot we were there. We asked again and the empty table behind us was provided immediately... Servers are a bit slow and aloof. Food was good though.
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  • Ranji
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Watermelon salad was extremely flavorful. Rack of Ribs under done. Pulled pork not flavored or pulled into smaller strings
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    fit for foodies
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  • Blue Smoke 2.0
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Not a fan of the revamped menu. Gone are the different sauce options and some of the great sides (sweet potato wedges). The meats felt abit to spicy this time around. The desserts (bourbon pecan pie) was dry and the key lime was frozen...This is probably coming off our rotation of places to eat out at, which is sad.
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  • Sub-par BBQ
    MKindVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Blue smoke tends to re-heat their cue, which means dry brisket and rubbery ribs. I've been there many times and had the same experience. Their one saving menu item (Beef ribs) was recently removed from the menu, as were specialty sauces from the table. This place has turned into a proper tourist trap.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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  • Blue smoke bday
    Emily
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had a great time at blue smoke! We were celebrating my brothers birthday and the food was great, servers were very accommodating. Definitely would go back for more!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better and improving
    RickLVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I use Blue Smoke as my go to restaurant for 3 things; Fried Chicken, BBQ chips with blue cheese/bacon dressing and bourbon. With time the selection, changes and consistency just keeps getting better. Danny Meyers just won't sit still will he; good for us!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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  • HelenVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Excellent, as always. We were a party of 4 - shared chips with dip, slaw & corn dish. Short ribs were great as were the hamburgers. We often meet there for late lunch. Perfect ambiance, relaxing and delicious food.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Surly waiter needs to lighten up!
    Keelie52
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I know this place is trying to appeal to the blokier end of town, but our waiter didn't crack a smile once! For me this really detracted from our night out with a couple of friends. Food was tasty enough and portions are generous, but I wouldn't go back because of the lack of friendly service.
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  • Eccellente bbq
    Pazzainter
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I and my family Washington at blu smoke in friday 12 sep. The rapsody bbq is recommended. Superbs ribs chicken and shoulder. Weforyou@email.we was so satisfated test we returned on Saturday!
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    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mor hype than hope
    JustGoodFoodLover
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    1. Wait staff - professional but not overly accommodating. 2. Atmosphere - Crowded, noisy and not enough intimate space. 3. Food - Spare ribs were dry. Portions were generous. Macaroni and cheese was good but had not baked crustiness. 4. I didn't get a down home feel and I cannot recommend it for true barbecue fans. -Sorry, Nate "BBQ Lover"
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