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
320 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (183)great for lunch (116)fit for foodies (112)neighborhood gem (102)kid-friendly (101)vibrant bar scene (76)hot spot (69)great for brunch (43)special occasion (41)late-night find (29)romantic (15)notable wine list (9)great for outdoor dining (8)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Good Barbecue on 27th Street
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I came for a family dinner with my sons this past Sunday. Between us, we had Hush Puppies (just ok) and Smoked Black Pepper Sausage (very tasty) as appetizers. For mains, we had the Lean Brisket, Rib Sampler, Texas Salt and Pepper Beef Ribs and the North Caroline Pulled Pork with sides of Mac and Cheese (fantastically sinful) and Pit Beans (nothing special). We enjoyed all of our barbecue entrees, but none of us felt they were really stand-out. All quite good, not quite great. All in all, we enjoyed our meal. The last time we went for barbecue as a family, we went to Hill Country. Between the two, we'd give Hill Country a slight nod.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and very great sevice
    CiciVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I'm really fall in love with this place. I was there during the restaurant week period, they also have a spacial gift. Such a generous ... Thanks
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    great food. great ribs. Will go back. great drinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the top BBQ spots in NYC!!
    DaKat
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Friendly service and great barbecue food just seem to be the standard here at the Flatiron Blue Smoke. I noticed their library of beers before I checked out the wine; so I cannot give any input on their wine selection. The dim lighting was actually very peaceful. The bar is very trendy, and the booths were wonderful for either friendly get-togethers or romantic rendezvous. The chipotle wings and Memphis ribs were exceptionally great! I'm definitely coming back here!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • chuia23
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Went in for restaurant week and so glad I did. Food and service were great.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BBQ in the heart of the city
    JunctionJoVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The ribs, wings, cole slaw, brisket (I could,go on) are all delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodies
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Very laid back atmosphere, friendly staff, great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    SamanthaVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We enjoyed the cocktails and beer pairings, but the food was most memorable! We ordered the deviled eggs and chipotle wings, both had a kick to them and a unique flavor. Highly recommend! We both ordered the brisket (marbled) which was delicious as well. And finally for dessert we ordered the chocolate cake and key lime pie. We thought the key lime pie won the dessert prize. :) Service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wood smoked heaven
    Katbe1
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My companions said that their brisket was the best that they had ever eaten. Ditto for the key lime pie. I had wood smoked trout and it was wonderful. Excellent service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ribs to die for...
    frequentflyer
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great place for BBQ...ribs, wings, etc. Mac & cheese alone is worth the visit. Using OpenTable was a great way to get a table. Even added another person to our reservation and pushed the time a little later...no problem! Took great care of us -- used them again already!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The food was good but not great. Portion size was small. Thus, I consider this an expensive restaurant for what you get.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding ribs - waiter off nite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    we had all 3 ribs and the chix wings - all absolutely awesome! top 3 smoke houses in NYC!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best food in 6 days in NYC
    ACEA
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    From the moment you walked in until the moment you left it was a great evening. Food was fabulous and such a variety of flavours, whilst the menu was short and compact which means good food to me. Special desert Silk pie was just that .....yummy. Fabulous waiter and service good beer and a great find !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Bday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had a wonderful time. Food was great, drinks great, service great.... Always a grand time at Blue Smoke.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the top BBQ is NYC
    LouCar
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Blue smoke holds it's own against some of other other top BBQ places in the city. Ribs are great but the brisket is where it's at!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for bar and beer
    Eliza
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great atmosphere, beer list and decor. Ok food, service and noise.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never lets me down
    Dinetosmile
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I've been going the blue smoke 8yrs now at first for the kid friendly atmosphere but the food an services continue to excite my expiations The salt and pepper ribs are just perfect no sauce needed considering how hard it is to find good beef ribs in NYC. I'll keep coming an bring people here as long as they're around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    KellyDines
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Blue Smoke is consistently excellent, particularly on the two parameters that matter most: quality of food, and quality of service. Fantastic BBQ, always reliably nice and efficient staff - a pleasure to fine here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Enough!
    Shiboo1
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I saw the place recommended in a guide book so made a reservation. I was. Bit disappointed overall. The food was good , solid but nothing exceptional at all. I had a ribs which were good and Mac'n Cheese which was the best part of the meal! What a shame, it was a side! My partner had chichen , he said it was very ordinary , nothing special. The cocktails were good but our waiter was a bit sleepy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious as Always
    MsJessicaB
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I are big BBQ fans, and have always enjoyed Blue Smoke. I really wanted to be a responsible human and order a side of dark greens along with my irresponsible fried chickens, but sadly there were none on the menu which I was disappointed by. Other then the fact I could not add a small percentage of responsible eating to my otherwise awesome fried and starchy meal, I was very happy. Our server Chris was also incredibly attentive throughout the meal which I appreciated.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    So glad that I thought to meet a client at Blue Smoke for lunch! The experience was great from start to finish. The seating was comfortable, the service was friendly and knowledgeable and the food, so very very good. I had the brisket which was savory and delicious and those mashed potatoes! My colleague special ordered chicken and he was very pleased. We topped it all of with a new warm peach cake dessert that was out of this world. Thanks for a great dining experience. We really enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    FeedMeVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Consistently delicious food and really has some of the best service in NYC!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    DavidIVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I've been to most of the BBQ spots in NYC and Blue Smoke is one of the best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CONSISTENT
    DeanVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Ever since I have been going here from the last 12 years its always been very consistent. I had some clients who were visiting from Sweden, who were in the mood for ribs & bourbon, what better place to go than BLUE SMOKE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BBQ in the HOUSE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Love this place...great BBQ with great list of beers and a variety of mixed drinks. Great location!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply amazing
    Ciccio
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food was incredible. The waitstaff were friendly. Overall just a great place for lunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty but dry
    discerning
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    restaurant was lively and waiters, though not great, were friendly. Food was ok, drinks better. Found all varieties of ribs, ordered samplers and roast chicken too dry.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Barbecue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Blue Smoke never disappoints. I do miss their cupcakes, which I believe are now produced off-site at their bakery on Vessey, but their applewood smoked chicken and pulled pork were the perfect Sunday "brunch" for 4th of July weekend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    Criticaldiner
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    In town with family including two teenage grandsons. Reservations were right on time. Service was excellent throughout evening. All six of us ordered something different and everyone raved about their meal. Good food excellent service and an enjoyable atmosphere. Definitely would recommend to anyone and will return on next visit to city.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My friend and I both had chicken dishes (I had the apple smoked chicken with mashed potatoes and she had the fried chicken with mashed potatos) and we were both very impressed. It started to get really crowded by 7:30pm but the service was still great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Stick to the ribs
    BigDaddyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Hadn't been here for a while. Menu has changed slightly. Need to increase appetizer, sides and salad selections. Food is good; certainly not noteworthy. Been better in past years. Had combo plate. Portions small. Brisket was bland. Ribs were delicious though. Waitress ha1d an outgoing personality. We advised her that one of our diners was a diabetic and repeatedly said to serve him his ribs dry, with no added sauce, which she said she'd do. Guess how they arrived? Slathered in BBQ sauce!!
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner visit at Blue Smoke on June 27th. Excellent, caring service and top level cuisine. My husband and I look forward to returning soon. The Kansas City ribs and Pulled Pork Platter were our if this world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably fun
    ZigzagVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great food and excellent service. Consistently a good experience.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    Oort
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    It can be a bit noisy, but I've yet to have a bad meal there (and I'm a frequent customer).
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  • So nice to the kids!
    ek123
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    the food was amazing especially the fried chicken, but impressed by how nice they were to my 10 and 13 yo nieces - decorated their own cookies which they cooked and gave us to take, great service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kfj1VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Excellent server. She was attentive, efficient and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Ribs!
    HarrisMan
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I took my family (self, wife, 2 adult daughters) for dinner on a trip to NYC as we had all enjoyed BBQ food so much on a long vacation in the South last year. We all had the Memphis baby back ribs, and they were superb. Service was good and the BlueSmoke ale great too. The prices were OK, so altogether a great meal!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Service Good food
    GoodfoodloudVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The service is very attentive and the food good. All the recommendations the waitress made were spot on
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BlueSmokeFan
    BlueSmokeFan
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    As usual Blue Smoke did not disappoint. The food was delicious and the servers are always so pleasant, no matter how busy they are. Still the best bananna cream pie in NY!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There's no smoke without fire!
    Wozza1978
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This place rocks, simple as that! The food was amazing, I had the ribs and my wife had the brisket. Both were served by a really friendly and helpful team of guys. The cocktails were also out of this world! You HAVE to eat here! You won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.