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About Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke celebrates the evolving American South and honors its culinary traditions. Inspired by the many regions of the South, from the Carolina coast to the hills of central Texas, Executive Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois’ menu is soulful with a selection of smoked meats, fresh produce, and thoughtfully sourced ingredients. Classic and specialty cocktails, an extensive American craft beer list, American wines and whiskey served by a welcoming team 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.

116 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, American

Hours of Operation:
Sun - Thursday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri & Saturday 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM

Cross Street:
Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 447-7733

Website:
http://www.bluesmoke.com/

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.

Public Transit:
6 Train to Park Avenue So. and 28th Street, and the N,R at 28th and Broadway.

Executive Chef:
Jean-Paul Bourgeois

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Blue Smoke offers a selection of traditional barbecue styles from across the country along with other regional American specialties, served with warm hospitality in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Let us plan your next event.

Blue Smoke Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

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4.3

value

4.0

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (67)
Casual (58)
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Fun (37)
Good for Birthdays (32)
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Good for a Date (29)
Great Beer (28)
Bar Seating (27)
Special Occasion (25)
Great for Lunch (24)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Kid-friendly (17)
Live Music (17)
Business Meals (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Happy Hour (13)
Great for Brunch (11)
Late-night Find (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Spicy (10)
Cozy (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Live Sports (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
People Watching (5)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was great as well as the service. Our only complaint was sitting near the door. It was a cold day and we were freezing. So it was a bit uncomfortable to eat while it was cold. Other than that, it’s an awesome place with great food.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Went to Blue Smoke for the first time and loved it! We got a half rack of ribs, half pound of brisket, and mac and cheese. The BBQ sauce was outstanding. Only slight hiccup is that the mac and cheese was a bit bland (didn’t stop us from finishing it though!!). Great beer selection and our waiter gave us a complimentary order of corn bread Madeline’s that we were considering earlier! So amazing! I’d definitely go back

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely great experience for my friend's bachelor party. The food was absolutely amazing and everything we tried was delicious.
Only feedback is that it was quite hot in the upper seating area where the reserved seating was.
Other than that, it was a wonderful dining experience that I'll be bringing my girlfriend back to enjoy with me!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

There is a sign in the restaurant that says “Best Wings in Manhattan.” I’m not sure if that’s true because this is the only place in Manhattan that I’ve had wings (I’m from MA), but these were the best wings I’ve ever had! The “Alabama Sauce” (the only option they have) is so dynamic - a little sweet, a little spicy, a little smokey, a little creamy... I’ve never had anything like it. The spicy chicken sandwich was excellent too! We loved it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

First time here. Looking forward to the second and third

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Ridiculously small portions. A half rack of ribs was four small ribs with a shallow dish of Mac and cheese and a shot glass of slaw. Used to be a favorite and hadn’t been there in a while. Won’t be back anytime soon.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Smelled great when we walked in and tasted just as great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Perfect dinner on New Year’s Day! Very nice staff and food was very good!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Crazy pricey tiny beers. Cocktails are a better value for sure. Food was good - not amazing. Have been before and was better, so hopefully just a one-off.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for New Year’s Eve it wasn’t crazy busy we loved that we never felt rushed but the service wasn’t great ... after the food was delivered the waitress never came back she always seemed like she was in a rush had to flag her down quite a few times

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Child friendly. The cookies that kids decorate with sprinkles prior to being baked is a great touch. The ribs are always good. The beignets are a new addition to the dessert menu since our last visit and should absolutely be a permanent fixture, everyone loved them. One member of our group had the gumbo and said it was very unpalatable. Another fish option on the dinner menu besides salmon would be good.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

First time here? Get the pit and try a bit of everything. It is more than enough food!

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 (Monterrey)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent bbq ribs...if you want to try their beef ribs you better get early because they run out...Excellent place...very cozy place...great experience...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Decidedly average at best ! Main course came out sixty seconds after our starters. Limited menu. And wasn't very impressed at all.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We stumbled across this Gem before our visit to New York! Only disappointing thing is we don’t have time for another visit before we leave! Good and the team were great!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was delicious. Our waiter, who was hearing impaired, was spectacular...very helpful with the menu items. He checked on us often to see if we needed anything. Loved the barbecue sauce.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was pricey and lacking flavor. The brisket was dry and the beef rib was all bone, hardly any meat. There are other bbq places that are much better.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Been coming here for a long time and im sorry to say that the place has taken a turn for the worst. The prices have gone through the roof but the food has not kept up. Our food was cold and the ribs were no better than applebees. I will not be coming back.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

The closes we have found to southern BBQ! Thanks for putting a lil south in our mouth!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Blue Smoke provided us with some excellent barbecue on a cold winter's night. Especially delicious were the beans, the ribs, and the brisket. Though the chairs were rather hard and uncomfortable, and the corner we sat in by a large window particularly cold, we will definitely go back for the food.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Essex)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We have been to Blue Smoke numerous times and always had a lovely meal. We arrived on Wednesday night, 5 minutes before our reservation time and was told the table was being set up, 20 minutes later and after asking a couple of times we finally sat down, nobody apologized for the wait. Overall the food was great as usual but very unimpressed with the front desk staff.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good place. Fantastic collard greens. Ribs a little too sweet and fruity but very tender

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderful Ribs!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We've been here several times in the past and the food and service are always terrific.

Tags: People Watching, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Three diners: one of us was four square mayor back in the day, one huge fan of the food, one a visitor back for the second time in one week. We ordered two apps, two meats, one side (drinks and dessert). All of our food came out at the same time. How are three people supposed to eat deviled eggs, cheese fries, and a basket of wings BEFORE our brisket and ribs get cold? Well, we couldn’t. Our appetizer plates were taken away with our uneaten wings still on them! After we expressed our disappointment in the uneaten wings being kidnapped, we got an unenthusiastic apology from our server (name available upon request). I wouldn’t have stayed for dessert but some people enjoy a complete meal. I had lost my appetite after my wings were confiscated.
It being the busy holiday season is not an excuse for taking my wings. We have been to this location enough times to expect attentive service. It will be quite some time before I return. When I do, stay away from my wings or I will stab you with my fork! Same review will be posted to yelp.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great Resturant - staff were very friendly and accommodating - food was also very good, we ordered the whole pit ($40pp) and there was more than enough food and sides for everyone 10/10

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Server ignored us most of the meal. Great food though.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My friend and I had an excellent dinner here. The brisket was simply fantastic, it's pepper coating was the highlight of the meal.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

A pleasant surprise. Would return for lunch or dinner again. Strongly recommend the BBQ entrees as some of the best in NYC. Friendly and attentive staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Yummy! This place is definitely worth trying. Food was so good. My husband and I got 1 order of the beef ribs and shared it. Flavor was excellent. It was enough for the both of us and we got 2 sides. Mac n Cheese was so good as well. For dessert we got the beignets and they were fantastic. The restaurant is family style so you can share dishes if you want. Definitely will be back to this place.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Like all Danny Meyer restaurants, superb on service, attention to detail and a wonderful place for a family occasion like our son's 27th birthday. BBQ is smart and saucy and menu has many other offerings. Blue Smoke smokes!

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

It's been a while since I've been there but the food is still great as always. I wasn't too happy that they removed the original chipotle wings from the menu but the rest of the food was great!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Food good however it was a birthday celebration- that was confirmed through open table and by phone with the restaurant but they failed to acknowledge it

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite
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 (London)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Fab food and friendly service combined for a great meal out.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent restaurant. BBQ to die for.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great ribs, excellent brisket, and amazing sides. Strong service, will definitely be coming back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We went to Blue Smoke for my BBQ-loving husband's 40th birthday and were very excited. Man what a let down it was. The food was fine -- most of it was good, if overpriced ($13 for a small green salad is little silly). And my husband loved the brisket. But the service was awful. Everything took FOREVER. We had to ask three times for our drinks (and it wasn't very busy when we arrived and yes we had a reservation). We were brought a cookie for my toddler to decorate and they said they'd cook it and shed get it on our way out. We never saw it again. My mother in law ordered a burger rare and they told her she wasn't allowed to have it rare. She always orders it rare and has never had an issue anywhere before. Incidentally it did come rare and she said it was good. The service was just so awful. Also they made a big deal ahead of time of asking my husband's name and dietary restrictions when they heard it was his birthday and.... there was no mention of his birthday while we were there. None at all. I wouldn't have expected it but why the big to-do beforehand? Very strange. In the end, it was a mediocre expensive experience. Such a bummer on a special day. It's a LONG subway journey from us so we will not be back. Definitely sticking with Hill Country!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Cheap place so maybe expectations should be lower the

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Amaaaaaazing!! The food was delicious, great for sharing, service was good, friendly and nicely paced. Overall just really nice.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

This is a good bbq restaurant. The staff was wonderful as I went with a friend with a walker. Loved that they topped off the coke at no additional charge...but there was a lot of ice and therefore little actual soda. I would return and did enjoy my meal.

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