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
327 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (180)great for lunch (119)fit for foodies (106)neighborhood gem (103)kid-friendly (103)hot spot (71)vibrant bar scene (71)special occasion (45)great for brunch (41)late-night find (27)romantic (17)notable wine list (8)great for outdoor dining (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great Bar-BQ
    Sharkey
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Outstanding food, great service. We come here every time we're in NYC for the US Open and we will continue to do so! You will need to make reservations as this place is so good that lot's of people want to be here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    will definitely come back! I recommend the baby back ribs, pulled pork shoulder, chicken wings and the veggie salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the calories!
    onthesideVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Went with the family. Absolutely delicious. Couldn't decide between the baby back ribs or the brisket so we got both and split them. So tender and although sauce is on the table, it was not needed. Perfectly moist as is. We added on sides of mac & cheese and hush puppies. Like I said, not a low calorie meal but worth the splurge. My one minor complaint is that if you want bread, you have to pay for it. Nothing complimentary so we ordered corn bread - $4 for two small pieces. (Management - Little things like a nice bread basket to start go a long way.) But otherwise, loved the food and the ambience. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The Salt and Pepper ribs are meaty and the macaroni and cheese is the cheesiest. If I was a big eater I would go down the menu to try everything. To add to the list the Chipotle wings are another must have. Great place to go and have good barbecue and to top it all off with fresh baked cookies.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small portions. High Prices
    Notg8VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have eaten here several times. The portions were big, took food home. Now the prices have jumped and the portions have disappeared. Service was slow.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great time at Blue Smoke!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had dinner upstairs and the food and service were superb! Ribs were excellent (house standard), one of us had a vegetarian dish (risotto based with divine veggies..), and their mac an cheese was truly to die for! Wow! Pork chop was thick and delicious and the strip steak was consumed in nearly a heartbeat! Afterward, we went downstairs for the jazz and the whole evening was so fun...for us Minnesotans...to have great food and a great night in a true jazz nightclub! thanks so much!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who minds noise?!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I have been going to Blue Smoke for about ten years now whenever I come to New York. However, I don't know if it is my age but I can't take the noise anymore. Love the frybread, but if you can't hear your friends talking what is the point?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blue smoke a Disappointment
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Having loved Blue smoke when it first opened, we were so disappointed this past week night when dining there. Good service is nice, but we were seated at 6:30 and had the bill in hand at 7:10. No one asked if we wanted a second drink or anything. The food came out of the kitchen as soon as the waiter brought the order into it. My ribs were not hot and the meat certainly did not fall off the bone as any good barbecue should. This place must be living off its reputation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service
    Andy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We came for lunch late in the afternoon to avoid crowds and noise. Just as we expected. Quiet but good ambience, very kind server, food came fast and as usual, delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food Okay...Service Excellent
    Shak1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was lack luster on flavor in my opinion only....But Our waitress and waiter were phenomenal very attentive and efficient ...And drinks were delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lenore S.
    gratifood84
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've dined at Blue Smoke n the past and always enjoyed the food. The ambiance is a bit noisy for me - but by arriving earlier for dinner, it eased it a bit. I found the Restaurant week menu O.K. - but did not think it worth the $38. Also I found the food on the regular menu superior. I had an adequate Ceaser salad - a fair amount of baby back ribs - good but as if they were prepared well in advance. A small amount of cole slaw and a few slices of pickle. A rather small thin slice of Key Lime Pie. I'l never do Restaurant Week there again - A la Carte would have cost me less for just a salad and an order of baby backs!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • munchie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Thought the ribs were overdone and definitely not "fall off the bone" disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • itpelawVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was terrific, with generous portions for the Restaurant Week menu. (One quibble: Just wish they would have allowed substitutions on side dishes on the Restaurant Week entrees, although I can understand why they didn't.) We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • blue smoke experience
    colombia76
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I visited Blue Smoke the other day for the start of his 40th birthday celebration! The rib platter and north Carolina pulled pork sandwich were awesome!! The service was great as well. We definitely would go back:)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service & Food
    Great
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I surprised my wife for her birthday here because she loves the deviled eggs and food. The food was great and they made a delicious chocolate birthday cake with cheese cream icing. I would definitely recommend the food and cake to everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service
    NYCTechnochic
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The wait staff was very attentive and accommodate us although we were an hour ahead of our reservation. My guest had ribs which he enjoyed and I had hush puppies, veggie burger and mac and cheese..very tasty. It was very empty when we arrived but we were seated right next to the kitchen, which wasn't ideal, but the wait staff took good care of us and didn't make us feel rushed although the restaurant filled up quickly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    Grandhipoobah
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I wasn't so disappointed with the portion sizes being so small as the food was just ok. Not sure why they supplied such an impressive steak knife. They cut up the brisket before it even got to the table. Next time please let me know if the Resturant Week Special is really the kiddy menu. Don't know why I said next time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved around the World
    AlwaysGREAT
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    WONDERFUL as always! Staff was especially great this time. Brought friends from Shanghai, China - two children (ages 12 & 15) with their parents. Even tho they are unfamiliar with western food everyone found something to eat, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food. From appetizers to desert - not a bit was left. Thanks
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Place to go with nut allergies!
    Foodallergymom
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My son has life threatening food allergies to nuts. We always go to Blue Smoke when we are in NYC because it's the only restaurant he feels confident and comfortable eating at. Plus it's BBQ, which is his favorite. The staff are super friendly and very good about his food allergies. The menu is easy to figure out as far as what is nut free. The food and ambience are excellent and it's very reasonably priced. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great experience!!!!
    Jaymo
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Blue Smoke is an awesome spot to go to if you're in the mood for some good American BBQ in NYC!!! The restaurant itself is nice, spacious and moderately quiet (it was 5:30 PM). Service was friendly and well timed. Hands down their best app has to be their Chipotle Chicken Wangs!!! Lol. Will visit again soon....
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Rib
    Kato
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have been to this restaurant for a couple of times. Every time I am impressed with tasty foods they offer. Those dishes come quickly. I love their Kansas City barbeque ribs so as their Texas salt and pepper ribs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing BBQ n the city
    rmf223
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I tried Blue Smoke for the first time this past week. The food and service were excellent: decadent mac and cheese, and tasty ribs. We couldn't choose between dessert options, so our fabulous waitress had us try the new cheesecake with the cherry compote on the house in addition to the amazing banana cream pie we ordered. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ideal for group parties
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Service was excellent;waitstaff very attentive.I felt special. The best part:the give-away bag of granola for Restaurant Week patrons.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Solid though somewhat unexciting barbecue. Prices definitely reasonable. Fried chicken surprisingly good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant Week Dinner!
    LaurenB13
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We came for restaurant week and were very pleased. The portions were big (usually for restaurant week I find they skimp a bit on portion size!) and the waiters were all friendly, as opposed to many begrudging waiters who I know hate restaurant week. Everything we had was delicious. We did have a bit of a wait between our appetizer and main course but we were content with our beers and to people watch. At the end we were presented with a bag of house-made granola as appreciation for dining there during Restaurant Week. An excellent touch, which I know Danny Meyer is known for. We had it for breakfast the next morning with yogurt and it was delicious! We would definitely recommend to a friend and will return again. Thanks for a great meal!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week dinner
    MommaF
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Blue Smoke has an upbeat vibe and a big bar. The food was fine but you could get the same anywhere. I found our waiter intrusive even though he kept apologizing for interrupting us. It was noisy and I had trouble hearing my friends. With all the places in New York I would see no reason to return .
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great BBQ
    ST1068
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Very good food - I am now obsessed with their macaroni and cheese the meats (we all had something different so we could all try each other’s food) were so tender and juicy and their BBQ sauce was so good! After our meal the waiter brought us each little take home bags of granola, we were all too full to try it but the next day when we did we were blown away by the smoky granola and the sweet dried fruits and the coconut pieces in there was the icing on the cake. Great place will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special lunch
    bbqfanatic
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The service was excellent. About 5 people participated in serving us thru out the meal. Each one was very friendly.The timing was perfect.The portions were generous. The ribs fell off the bone. The brisket was a little dry. I wasn't a fan of the coleslaw(chopped and plain). The chicken wings were plumper than I like where the skin is fatty but the sauce was good. I'm still craving the banana cream pie. We were given little bags of delicous granola. It was a great added touch. I would definately go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barb b que
    KapsVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Good food. Good barb. Good service. Would return
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    Shey
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was a wonderful food experience for our family. Great service, authentic bbq with amazing pulled pork, decadent mac and cheese for my son who loves it, and an atmosphere that is vibrant. This was the perfect place to go to dinner after a great day in New York.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC Restaurant Week Great Find!
    87thbirthday
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were looking for a Restaurant Week menu that would please a family and got it in spades. Despite the fact that we messed up the reservation, we were welcomed and sat. The restaurant is very welcoming. We loved the openness of the room and the natural light. I wish I could have taken home some of the tin stars. The service was FANTASTIC. Our server was friendly and helped us choose our entrees. We all loved the food - the sausage appetizer was awesome and the ribs and brisket - TDO. Wonderful sauces added to the yum factor. The meal was topped off with tasty desserts. We shall return!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week
    hungrynurse
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Came here for restaurant week. There was four of us so we ordered everything on the restaurant week menu. Ribs didn't disappoint. But the trout did. Extremely fishy, and not fresh.BBeen here before, first time was better.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Resturant Week 2014
    QnsFoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Had the chipotle chicken wings wing were amazing. Then had the brisket half and half (half marbled & half lean) preferred the marble of course. Could have done without the banana creme pie it was missing a sweetness. Waiter was excellent, oh got this amazing granola as a resturant week thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for my birthday!
    Foodman
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Perfect to celebrate a special occasion with friends and family. Terrific selection of barbecued ribs, sausage, chicken and brisket and your choice of beers. I'd go back again soon!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finger Lickin Good
    FrenchFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great for kids!! Took friends from France with teenagers. Perfect place to sample American fare. Best were the hot potato chips, chicken wings, corn bread, macaroni and cheese, rib sampler, and key lime pie. All of these were truly excellent. As was the beer on tap. And the terrific idea to invite children to decorate their own personal cookie dough with sprinkles that they are presented as take home treats at the end of the meal. Less successful was brisket (tasteless), fried chicken, and hush puppies. I'd definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PERFECT!
    Princesskimmy66
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    From start to finish it was a hit!! The wait staff was on point and VERY friendly. The food was great!! Potato chips with blue cheese dip was tasty, the rib sampler was a hit and the bbq beans was lovely. Oh, the fried bread was heavenly!!! All in all, a great time was had by all and we will definitely go back for my b'day!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Treated Like Kings
    HappyCamper
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Blue Smoke has the right attitude: the customer is king. The wait staff is cheery, but natural, and the management keeps a close eye on all tables to make sure things are moving along smoothly at each table. The brisket (available in three varieties) is superb, the ribs a bit overcooked & dry, the wings excellent. The Caesar salad was on the scrawny side, the deviled eggs were great and the desserts were delish. No hint of snootiness here: they want to make you a patron for life. And isn't that the way it should be?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Brooklyn
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Celebrated my husband's birthday. Staff was terrific- sat us in section I requested & had his dessert decorated with candle (I had noted the occasion and section I wanted on my open table reservation). They were great with my 6 yr old daughter- as soon as she sat down they brought out a cookie for her to decorate which they whisked away, baked and brought out at end of meal in a bag for her to take. Of course she gobbled it up in 5 seconds :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    SRO22VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I have never had a bad meal here and absolutely love it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • blondemamaVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    First time at this restaurant. Picked it because it is in close proximity to where my daughter lives and I had never been there before. I thought everything about this place was mediocre and wouldn't plan on going back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet