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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.
New York, NY 10016
Hours of Operation:
Sun - Thursday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri & Saturday 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
6 Train to Park Avenue So. and 28th Street, and the N,R at 28th and Broadway.
Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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..
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.
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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