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A long time Infatuation favorite. Blue Smoke is still serving some of the best BBQ you can find in NYC.

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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:
Mon 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tues-Thurs 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Sat 11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Sun 11:30 AM - 10:00 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

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (61)
Comfort Food (61)
Good for Groups (54)
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Authentic (40)
Fun (38)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Bar Seating (29)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Great Beer (28)
Good for a Date (27)
Great for Lunch (21)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Special Occasion (21)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Kid-friendly (16)
Live Music (16)
Business Meals (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Spicy (10)
Worth the Drive (8)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Cozy (6)
Live Sports (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
People Watching (4)
Romantic (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 13 hours ago

We visited for the Christmas season.

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·Dined 3 days ago

$40 option to try all the meats is a great deal and super tasty

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food and service as always!

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 (Hertfordshire)·Dined 5 days ago

Come over to NYC on holiday and have been recommended this place. Food was incredible and staff were incredible - would highly recommend to everyone!

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

For one of my guests, it was his first trip to the US. Brisket and ribs were perfection. Delicious meal. Comfortable booth for conversation. Great whiskey and beer selections. Perfect for more casual biz dinner. Waiter was wonderful. We loved our visit.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Casual, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and great service. A bit pricey but in Chelsea, that is to be expected.

I would certainly go back. The Fried Chicken and Mac and cheese (Hot) was fantastic and their house lager was great as well!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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·Dined 7 days ago

Delicious! Loved it!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I didn’t have the best experience here. As a true southern I was dissappointed to learn that they did not have any ranch. Most of the menu items that are on the open table menu are not served at the restaurant. The table that we were seated at was not level at all. I was served a cocktail and because of the uneven table it tipped over during dinner. The server was very nice about it, but I don’t understand having tables with a wood finish that aren’t even. They do make wood tables that are flat so that you can eat on them. I don’t think I would ever return.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very good restaurant
Our waiter was very pleasant and has shared good advices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Spicy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent dinner after seeing a show nearby. The food was delicious and our server was the best. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a fun place to eat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

From the moment we walked in we loved it. Staff were friendly, helpful, happy and polite. Having had this visit planned for months for my brothers birthday we had studied the menu and had decided what we were eating before we even got there. We went for the whole pit. Wow was it amazing!! Completely faultless, delicious, perfect portion sizes and so tasty (I may need 2 seats for the flight home though haha) finished it off with cheesecake in a jar which was the perfect size and amazing taste to finish it off. Our waiter arranged a special something as it was my brothers birthday and we got to meet the chef Brett. He was absolutely lovely and was great to meet him. Fab end to a perfect afternoon. Definitely recommend a visit and we will definitely be returning!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Really great bbq in the city. Creative and good drinks. Service friendly and upbeat.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Spicy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food and excellent service are important to me and at Blue Smoke you will find both.

I made a reservation for 3 at 7 pm. I arrived at 6:35 to find one person in my party waiting already. Another was running late. I checked in with the host who said the table would be ready in 25 minutes. Went back to him at 7 and when he asked if my entire party had arrived I expected him to say "we have to wait until everyone is here to seat you". He didn't. He had us seated and didn't make a big deal about one person missing. (Most NYC restaurants are infamous for making you wait for your entire party to be seated).

Third person arrived and we ordered drinks, starter and entrees. Decent beer and cocktail menu and fast service. Our food arrived at our table within 15 minutes and we dived in, which is why I have photos to share. I loathe when my food is drench is too much sauce and oil, but Blue Smoke gets it right every time with just the right amount of flavor. My single Blue Smoke burger with crispy bacon was just what I needed after a rough Friday.

Our starter, the cornbread madeleines, never came out but when we addressed it with our server he apologized, put the order in, and removed it from our tab. He also threw in an after dinner drink, a St. Agrestis Amaro, free of charge for the table. Highly recommend if aperitifs and digestifs are your thing.

Yes there was a misstep in service, but I appreciate our servers willingness to rectify his mistake. Blue Smoke shall remain a favorite simply because I know the staff care about their patrons.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Casual, Fun, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was the everything!!!! Best fried chicken and smoked wings

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was good, the waiter was attentive, maybe overly so, we had a nice meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always excellent, service never disappoints and the food is consistently amazing.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have dined at Blue Smoke several times when returning to NYC, however on this occasion the staff covering the front desk were very moody and didn't set the right tone from the offset - shame really as the food was great!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Whiskey and bacon coupled with a great live jazz show downstairs afterwards, what's not to like. The restaurant realizing we were attending the show, contacted us to move up the reservation, good move, and helped to secure great seats. You can also order off the menu during the show, but it is not as relaxed as the main dining area beforehand.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Casual, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Had such a great experience. Had a person with a food allergy and the staff was beyond knowledgeable about the menu. Will come back over and over with the comfort of knowing allergies are taken seriously plus the food is AMAZING!

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food is delicious, but side dishes are served in small, really embarrassingly small portions. Lovely, friendly waitstaff

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I’m from Tennessee and they have the best BBQ and slaw I’ve ever experienced!

Tags: Live Music, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Amazing food, superb service and all around great time. Then downstairs for fantastic Jazz. Couldn’t ask for a better evening.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Way overpriced for the portion size. Service was the worst we’ve ever had in NYC. We’ve been here on numerous occasions and although it was slipping over time this will indeed be our last visit. We’ve done business dinners/lunches and get togethers. We had so many people show up to hand out food and take orders that we had to ask for things 2 and 3 times because the item never showed up. Auction waiter anyone?? I hate when you pay good money for food and a waiter shows up and says “who gets the Mac and cheese...who orders the ribs...seriously! I can get better service at Denny’s! Benches were in disrepair and were stitched back together with colored tape?!?! Finally, from ordering to check presentation was almost 3 HOURS, while the actual food came out lickety-split (because it sits in big warmers because nothing is made fresh) everything else took a lifetime time to arrive...if it ever showed up.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Food was served cold, waiter did not come to check on the meal. When we told another waiter he did not follow up on our feedback.
We felt rushed through and the meal was over priced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Food was very good though service was off... entree came before drinks and apps.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Service was great!

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

It was pleasant!

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 (London)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great food and service, would definitely recommended to others.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great place for my girlfriends birthday

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great BBQ!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

They changed the recipes of the bbq ribs and they weren’t as tasteful as they used to be

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

Most authentic bbq I've had in NY! Everything we ordered was delicious and we will definitely be returning. They have an excellent draft beer selection and we liked that you could order a pitcher for the table. The cornbread madelines, skillet mac n cheese, hot fried chicken, pulled pork & pork and beans were all excellent.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Casual, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was good. I had the brisket. I asked for lean and it was very lean as I had hoped. The food was decently hot but I prefer piping hot--unfortunately, this doesn't seem possible since they bring food on non-heated metal platters.

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 (Berkshire)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great service and lots of energy. The food was good but not across the board. Our chicken was a bit tough. Would go back though as was great fun.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Decent bbq food, but a bit overpriced. The service was good.

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on November 17, 2017

A great example of American BBQ with a wide variety of yummy sides. Comfort food plus and a fun atmosphere... if you are in NYC and looking for BBQ this is the place to be!! Skip the rest and go to Blue Smoke!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Authentic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Fun
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

T errible! Family style. Very few options. Buy entrees by the pound.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The BBQ was very good. Attentive staff. Food came out quick. Will definitely go back.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The service was absolutely fantastic. Our server gave us helpful, and respectful, advice while ordering making it a perfect meal. It was busy so noice level was moderate, but the food was outstanding. Overall great experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic, authentic BBQ with an option for live jazz viewing. Excellent atmosphere!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Live Music, Authentic
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