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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

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Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (65)
Casual (59)
Good for Groups (48)
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Fun (41)
Authentic (38)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Good for a Date (29)
Special Occasion (27)
Great Beer (25)
Bar Seating (24)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Great for Lunch (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Business Meals (15)
Live Music (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Cozy (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Kid-friendly (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Spicy (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Live Sports (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
People Watching (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Other than the fact they were out of baby back ribs - their signature dish - at 8:00 on a Saturday night, the food was good. Particularly liked the bbq brisket and coleslaw.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Had to wait for food for over an hour(!) after ordering since they essentially run two restaurants from one kitchen... and prioritize Serving the food to their jazz music section ahead of their regular restaurant. All this, without letting diners know that their food won’t be cooked until they’re done serving the other restaurant.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 3 days ago

We came here for my boyfriend's birthday and I was surprised at the lackluster service. We've come here in the past, and when they called me to confirm my reservation, they asked if I was celebrating anything. I said yes, told them it was a birthday, they asked me for my boyfriend's name, and I was feeling very good about the reservation so far.

We were seated right next to the kitchen, so not a great table. Then our table was very wobbly, and they could not get it shimmed correctly, so we settled for a wobbly table. No one offered to move us.

The food took more than half an hour to get to the table. It was busy that night, but if you know we're celebrating a special occasion, at least check on us, or offer some comped easy snacks in the meantime. No one checked on us until after we finally got our food. Food itself was mixed. We ordered the half pound of pork shoulder and the half pound of brisket. Pork shoulder was dry, brisket was very tasty. We also ordered the collard greens and mac and cheese. Greens were tasty, but the mac and cheese was bland. It was ok, but nothing outstanding.

What made us laugh at the end is that they brought out a take out brownie, already wrapped in its packaging, on a plate with a little birthday candle. After such a lack-luster meal and service, it just made me laugh. It tasted fine, but just gave off such a weak impression.

I'll come back to this location, but only for happy hour at the bar, I don't think I'll get sit-down service again, does not seem worth it.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We try to visit Blue Smoke every time we are in NYC. Their food is incredible and they handle my daughter's many food allergies very well. Being from TN, I can tell you their barbecue is the real deal. However, their mac and cheese and sweet bread are my favorites! Also staff is always amazing.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food, good service and good ambiance. Would go back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Always perfect!! We make a point to eat here on every trip to NYC!! Will be back soon

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Have been to Blue Smoke many times over the years. It’s menu, under a departed chef, was larger and more adventurous. The food now seems mid-America generic and slightly dull. But the convivial ambience plus the restaurant’s competent comfort food produce a very pleasant experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Food well prepared, portions small, sides expensive and small.
$ 10 side salad sparse salad is an example.
Children’s menu good and well priced.

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·Dined 4 days ago

clean, efficient and worth it. I knew of Blue Smoke because of the Jazz Standard downstairs as they have some of the same menu as the restaurant. I figured this time lets eat dinner upstairs 1st and enjoy the show without the finger smacking goodness downstairs LOL. Seriously though, the wait staff is nice and service was very good. I'd definitely dine upstairs again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Casual
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was Great! The mac and cheese was my favorite and their home made bbq sauce hit the spot. My brother loved the ribs and couldn't get enough of the home made bbq sauce either. The ambiance was awesome as well, great for any occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great food, great service, and I will definitely be coming back to try new options. Cornbread and brisket were delicious!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Blue Smoke has been around for over a decade, and the scene hasn't changed much over that time. The food is good, but not great. Ribs are kind of middle of the road. Coleslaw is very good. Baked beans are way too soupy and not very good. Service is always excellent. Servers are very attentive and enthusiastic. Overall vibe is fun and very casual.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 7 days ago

I had a great time the food was to die for, everything was so fresh will definitely go again

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Business Meals, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was good and the service was fairly quick.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was pretty good, service and ambiance was great

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

You can't beat the blue smoke experience excellent staff topped off by a great meal

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Our reservation was on a Monday evening at 6:45, We started with the warm potato chips that were cold and 2 rounds of drinks which were expensive but pretty good. We finally asked why no food had been served and were informed they ran out of their top barbecue foods (brisket and beef ribs) as the comedy club downstairs shares the same kitchen and they were not prepared for the amount of food needed. I have a hard time with this as this is nothing new for them, how does a barbecue joint run out of ribs and brisket early in the evening! The manager was apologetic however the waiter who started off being charming became extremely rude. We had food we didn’t order and left quickly afterwards to find another place for desert . Too bad, as a year ago we enjoyed lower prices, good food and good service, it’s sad when a favorite place goes downhill.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Amazing food in a really unique spacious restaurant! Everything was suberb, especially the brisket & biscuits. Highly recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Only half the menu was available (no pork!)- this was not communicated on the phone when confirming the reservation earlier in the day. Service was inconsistent. Food was good but small portions - overpriced and given the failings in other areas not worth the money.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

They were out of several foods that seemed to be non-negotiable menu items when thinking of going to Blue Smoke. They were out of chicken wings, brisket, bbq chicken, large ribs, cole slaw and for dessert no donuts. Seems like a lot of items to be out of at 9pm on a Saturday night. Very disappointed. Will not return for awhile. Super bowl or not, there is no excuse to essentially abandon the main restaurant menu in favor of fulfilling some super bowl parties.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Love this place! I only wish there were more options for veggies.

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing. The bbq was perfect and the wings are the best around.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Blue Smoke never disappoints. Chicken-fried BBQ smoked ribs (occasional special) were outstanding and the brisket burnt ends were equally fantastic. Wait staff was helpful, responsive, professional and friendly. I will return (and return).

Tags: Great Beer, Paleo Friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Love since they switched Blue Smoke to family style serving. Their allergy friendly menus are super helpful and the servers are pretty knowledgeable as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

great food! Great service! Blue Smoke will always be a favorite! A little southern taste in the city!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great birthday experience! Celebrated my brothers birthday meal!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 27, 2018

8:30 reservation and they were out of Brisket. That’s why I went there....

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food, server and fun atmosphere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Generally, none of us are big time barbeque fans, however, since Blue Smoke is part of the Union Square Hospitality group, we figured that the food would be great, and it was. The brisket was excellent as was the pulled pork dish, plus the corn bread side was full of flavor. An added plus were the unique and cleverly crafted cocktails.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The waitress was so so. Food was great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

As usual, very good. Only minor complaint, since it was 8:00 Sunday, they were out of baby backs, and even sadder, they were out of banana pudding.
Our out of town guests were all very pleased with my choice of Blue Smoke for dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Always love my experience at Blue Smoke. Food is great, food drinks and great service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food and atmosphere were wonderful. Service was friendly but a bit lagging. Bar service was very slow (though cocktails were delicious and selection of spirits and beer very good), and we had to ask several times for dishes that we had ordered. Also, the restaurant ran out of two of their signature meats (including the brisket) before we ordered, so we could not choose the "whole pit" option, which would have been a much better value for our group.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food excellent, service was beyond appalling.

They clearly wanted to turn the table around quickly despite the fact that we had booked the table and they weren't desperately busy.

Server was borderline obnoxious and they started clearing plates away from the table while 2/3rds of the group weremail still eating.

Wanna feel like you're eating in a fast food restaurant? Visit, cause these guys are absolute bell ends.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great meal - "The Whole Pit" was the move. Delicious food, great beer, great service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Awful. Food was terrible. Ribs were dry and cold. We are having wings and no wet wipes were provided. Service was super slow. I had an empty glass of diet coke and wine for half of the dinner. Family visiting all the way from Portugal and this was awful. Stay away from the one on 27th. Used to be good and now is terrible

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Delicious beef ribs. They keep us coming back. Also fun for lunch with family members of all ages.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

I've liked this place since it opened long ago. Nice vibe, nice wait staff, mostly really good BBQ based on different regional styles from the south and west. Is it the best BBQ place in NYC? I dunno, but it's certainly quite decent. Fave: The brisket. It's just always moist and tasty and hearty and... you know. When I make BBQ brisket at home I want it to come out like this, but it doesn't. The ribs are pretty killer, too, as long as you like your ribs on the sweet side, which I do. Weak spot is the smoked chicken - it's a bit too salty for me, and I'm even a guy who likes salty stuff. just something off balance there. but aside from that, I've summed everything I've had here. Oh, the deviled eggs are particularly good, too.

Tags: Spicy, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Good choice of meats from the smokehouse. I enjoyed very much the sausage and the brisket. Delicious. Side orders are also top notch. There is a tasting of all they got, which is a very good choice if you are hungry.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Live Music
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 (London)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Good food and good service, in summary I would gladly return in warmer months.....

I would just comment that the place was very cold in doors. We were initially by the front door and that was perishing. We were then moved to a table upstairs that was warmer but still cold in anyone’s terms. I don’t think it was just either as fellow diners were borderline shivering plus the waiters were warming themselves on portable heaters too..

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Groups, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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