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Blue Smoke

4144 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Comfort Food (65)
  • Casual (55)
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Barbecue, American
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Hours of operation
Sun - Thursday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri & Saturday 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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Phone number
(212) 447-7733
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jean-Paul Bourgeois
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Cross street
Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue
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Public transit
6 Train to Park Avenue So. and 28th Street, and the N,R at 28th and Broadway.
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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.
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.

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What 4144 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 3 days ago

The best Rips ever!!
Thank you for this amazing experience from Germany:)!

3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Mmm no value for what you get. Too expensive for very average food
And in NYC average is not good enough. Brisket came cold. Cornbread served half way through meal and even waiter seemed unenthusiastic when describing desserts. Banana pudding was tiny and tasted like cafeteria food. Will 100 percent not be back.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

This restaurant came highly recommended from a friend and it was disappointing. The only good thing was the staff. Very limited actual barbecue selection and the night I was there they were out of pork...not sure how that happens. So I chose the skillet Mac-n-cheese topped with barbecue chicken. The macaroni tasted like box macaroni and cheese topped with hard and dry chicken.

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great spot! Staff was super friendly and helpful. We had a show to get to so they made note of that and got us out on time. The food was amazing. The Alabama smoked chicken wings were so damn good. Ribs were delicious. Nothing was over-sauced. Whiskey offerings were to die for!

3.0  Dined 6 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined 6 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.

LyndsayM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food in a very casual environment. Family style portions that let you try a variety of dishes. Tasty BBQ and nice selection of sides to complement. Short, disappointing, and expensive wine list but I suppose their specialty lies more with bourbon and beer.

DianaP (Cleveland)
3.0  Dined 6 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.

JolieB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 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.

vipgail567 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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

vipHWeil (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

vipGeoK (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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

3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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

DirkDiggler (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

Pacmanspal (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was good and the service was fairly quick.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was pretty good, service and ambiance was great