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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

89% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (62)
Casual (54)
Good for Groups (54)
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Authentic (34)
Fun (32)
Bar Seating (29)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Good for a Date (24)
Great Beer (24)
Great for Lunch (24)
Special Occasion (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Kid-friendly (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Business Meals (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Live Music (13)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Spicy (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Live Sports (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Cozy (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Romantic (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great place for my girlfriends birthday

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Great BBQ!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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

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·Dined 5 days ago

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

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

The front desk tends to be odd with reservations. In times past, I had not made a reservation and they make us feel like the restaurant is full when there are many empty tables i.e. sorry you will have to sit outside, oh but wait there is a table right now step this way...

This last visit I changed the reservation time and told the front desk my last name and that I was expecting four more people to arrive, but I was early and would be sitting at the bar. The restaurant was not crowded, when the rest of my party showed up they claimed that there were no reservations under my last name at that restaurant and that maybe they were at the wrong location.... Food is great, drinks are great but it appears they either are intentionally snooty at
daughter, so wasn't happy either!

Apps come well before drinks, also a negative.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Best Barbecue restaurant in New York City and long island

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Authentic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants when I'm in manhattan . Great service and delicious food!

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The menu had a lot of options. The prices were a bit high but considering the authenticity, it was a fair trade. We had the ribs, dry rubbed chicken, beignets, cornbread madelines, apple crisp, and fries. The food was phenomenal. After eating, I wanted to unbutton my pants. I absolutely recommend Blue Smoke. Just make sure you walk in with a fat wallet.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, People Watching, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Good was good as always, but several disconnects in timing and service (e.g. One appetizer came out 20 minutes after dinner had been served; long wait for drinks) led to a subpar rating.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Blue Smoke is our Go-To place for a casual client lunch.
MEAT is extraordinary and drinks complement the food.

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Authentic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Best ribs in NYC

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food was amazing. The best chicken wings I've ever had.

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 (London)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Services was excellent, the waitress was very attentive. The food was delicious. We both went for a pit stop, which was just the right amount of food for lunch. Good price for the amount of food you got and the quality.

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

Date night with wife we had the pit order with all the meats and sides pork chicken and salmon were great beef rib and brisket was so so. We're a little disappointed cause menu on open table was not the menu there menu was a little limited.. overall good time and good food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Superb service and excellent food, generously portioned. The taste and quality of the barbecue has improved over the years. In addition, the staff pay sincere attention to food allergies. Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Live Music, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always great food. Service this trip not very attentive but did not hurt overall experience.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Authentic, Live Sports
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I wanted to love Blue Smoke, but the only standout was the Cornbread Madeleine. The meat was fine, but nothing to rave about. I guess I expected more from the same restaurant family as the always impeccable Union Square Cafe. Also, the big, noisy space could use some cozy division.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I have been coming to blue smoke for years, and either I got snobbier, or the food is not as good as I recall. The wings were less smoky and had a white sauce on them that really detracted from the taste. The brisket was very good, and the ribs were good, yet dry. The smoked, dry rub chicken was not good. Only 1 of 5 folks at my table ate it. The food is fun, and the service is good, maybe a bit too good, as the food is clearly already prepared. The food comes out way too quick due to this pre-preparation, which results in on/off dryness.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Had lunch there and it was great. My only disappointment was that my food came out in single digit minutes. In Danny Meyer’s fast food chain Shake Shack he can’t get a burger and fries out in under 10/15 minutes, but here in a sit down restaurant he get a meal out in 5 minutes. Go figure.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Everything was good, but the food presentation and portions we're a little disappointing for the prices. I thought it would be nicer dining experience. I found the brisket to be fatty for my taste. We had a waiter in training, so that may have contributed too. But the staff attentive and we were satisfied.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Attended this restaurant on the recomendation of a local new yorker. On arrival was dissapointed that they ha run out of Brisket tht night so i had ribs which were lovely. My partern had the pulled pork. They also had only 1 bit of Key lime pie left but seeing my dissapinment they gave us 2 glasses of chanpagne and a chocolate cake on the house a well as finding me a doggy bag of Brisket the chef had found in the kitchen. So overall they made me feel so very special on my trip there that I would go back :)

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food is always good at Blue Smoke. I like to make business lunch appointments here because the food never disappoints - we always order more than we need for the table as things are a must taste! The booths are a great place to both be comfortable and have a secluded meeting space in an open restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

They ran out of pork ribs (very disappointed) But overall the food and service were great!! Highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Blue Smoke was great. I thought the atmosphere was excellent, the staff was great, and the food was good. I gave it a 4 star rating only because I felt it was a little over priced for what you get. All in all it's a great place to get together and hang out.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I found out about this restaurant through the Madison Square Park Big Apple BBQ Block Party. The food was excellent. My server was awesome. I had a very happy birthday because of my experience at this restaurant.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

After walking past this restaurant for years I finally made a reservation. The dinner was excellent! Very nice ambiance and outstanding service. Keep it up!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent service and food arrived quick after order.
Food very good. Love the family style so everyone can share.
Definitely worth the visit.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great service and value. Some of the best French fries I’ve ever had. The ribs were falling off the bone and the burger was cooked just right.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants. The service at one time was outstanding and the food was off the charts. Unfortunately, the restaurant has changed. The food is OK the service is not what it used to be. The smoked chicken wings are still outstanding.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Our waitress was awesome and the service was great. Food was tasty even though you don't get a lot.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Best BBQ in Manhattan, excellent service, and whiskey out the wazoo!
Seating can get tight, but you'll soon forget all about that. Don't miss the deviled eggs!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Still a favorite, but liked the menu more when before it went to "family style".

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

....the food was pretty good, the ac cools the hot food down a lil too much/too quick for my tastes, the lighting was 2 clicks to dim in my opinion, and as big as the place is seating could have been at least an additional 2 inches of space in between tables, the deviled eggs were too salty.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Food was outstanding (bbq Mac and cheese, ribs, brisket); only negative was that it was very cold in the dining room.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Turned into fast food place. Haven’t been in years and what a change. Used to have choice of ribs, larger menu. Now limited menu. No choice in bbq sauce.
Food came out literally 3 minutes after ordering. Clearly not cooked to order.
Food pretty mediocre. Ok for citi field but not a dinner out.

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