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..
The gumbo was served luke warm and I sent it back. It was hot the second time around, but still a little bland and thin. The ribs were delicious. A fun place.
My niece was very excited about trying Blue Smoke for her birthday. When I called to confirm our reservation the hostess asked about our special occasion taking my nieces name and age so we could celebrate it. We tried the BBQ chips, cornbread Madeline's, Mac and Cheese and Gumbo. The Mac and cheese was great, as were the Madeline's! The chips were OK but the gumbo was really disappointing. Thin broth with little to no sausage and a scoop of rice on the side? The chips were served quickly however the Madeline's took some time, arriving at the same time as our meals. We also ordered the biscuits but they never turned up. Once we finished dinner, it took over 20 mins for our plates to be cleared. The waiter dropped off the dessert menu returning 15 mins later to ask about our choice. Given my discussion with the hostess I had assumed - incorrectly - that they would bring a celebration dessert. After a 45 min wait, we choose to pass on dessert and go home. The restaurant was clearly understaffed for a Sunday evening. A very disappointing evening all around.
Obviously they had an off night last Sunday...all the meats were overcooked and very dry.
Having eaten at Blue Smoke many times throughout the years thought it a good idea to take friends visiting from Peru to taste real American Bar BQ, sorry it did not satisfied.
Our dinner at Blue Smoke was the first stop in our Danny Meyer restaurant tour--inspired by reading his book. I was honestly shocked by the poor service our table received, even in a restaurant that wasn't that crowded on a Sunday night. Servers seemed preoccupied and even annoyed by us; service wasn't timely; no one offered help with the menu. I was just disappointed. I'm happy to pay the prices charged but when I do, I really expect better service.
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.
Excellent meal.. great service.. fun time had by all
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
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!
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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