Blue Smoke

4.5
4305 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
Blue Smoke is a barbecue restaurant rooted in the culinary traditions of the American South and raised in New York City. Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois draws inspiration from his native Louisiana, serving soulful southern barbecue and sides like Seven Pepper Brisket, Alabama White Wings, and Cornbread Madeleines. Throughout the menu are dishes that feature ingredients sourced from some of the best Southern farmers and purveyors, from Anson Mills to Leidenheimer Baking Company. An all-American beverage menu complements the Southern cooking with a wide range of whiskeys, wines, cocktails, and craft beers from coast to coast.

Named for the curl of smoke that rises from the pit, Blue Smoke was one of New York City’s first barbecue joints when it opened nearly 15 years ago, and now has sister locations in Battery Park City and the Delta terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport, as well as outposts in Citifield and Nationals Park.
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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
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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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.
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.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.2

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

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
Reviews from verified diners
4,305 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
65%
Very Good
24%
Good
9%
Fair
2%
Poor
0%
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KR
Miami
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely incredible! My family enjoyed fried chicken, brisket, ribs, man and cheese and biscuits. Even my kids rated the food an 11 on a scale of 1-10. A true gem in NY!

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New York Area
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a regular stop for me. The wait staff is always friendly and helpful and the food is always great.

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MT
Las Vegas
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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TT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding BBQ! Easily as good as Kansas City, Texas and Memphis. This is a must for any BBQ enthusiast.

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J
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All my European friends love to try Blue Smoke for the authenticity of excellent American food!

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JM
Birmingham
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very solid BBQ. The beef rib and the biscuits were the winner - pulled pork and brisket a bit dry.

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JF
San Francisco
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food was delicious and the service excellent and fun. The bbq of this quality was unexpected in metropolis. It’s now one of regular stops when we visit the city.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, atmosphere, drinks! This is our new fav place even though I’ve live a block away for over 12 years. Better late then never /)

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not wait to go back for another great experience

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ML
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to try something new

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S
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a perfect selection of July 4th. Such a friendly,
casual place to eat. There were many families present.
The food, of course, was great.

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p
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very good dinner. Our waiter was great and the entire staff very welcoming. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for barbecue lovers.

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FT
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Excellent. Staff very kindly and professional. We'll be back again.

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T
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The service and food was awesome! Unfortunately, there was no AC on a 90+ degree day. We were literally sweating throughout the meal. It was hard to enjoy the food. We skipped desert. We couldn’t tolerate the heat any longer

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OT
New York Area
2.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The Airconditioning was not working well and when I asked the hostess lied about it. It was not very comfortable and I should have gone to another restaurant. The service was not good until they had a change in shifts. Then we had a good server. I have eaten at Blue Smoke many times since it first opened, but the food was not good that night. Very disappointing.

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p
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food - pulled pork was excellent. Broad menu selection.

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OT
New York Area
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food and drinks were great. A little pricey and do not like the ala cart style. They ended up putting someone's else food on our bill. Lucky we caught it because I'm not sure they would have told us. Good food just watch what you purchase.

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V
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, delicious food. We were late but our reservation was held for us. Staff is friendly and very helpful in fulfilling requests and giving information.

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SM
Key West
3.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

we dined at blue smoke because one of the party members had dined there before and loved the food . she is gluten free and in the past they were very accommodating for her dietary issues . our server for 6/27/18 lacked any friendliness or was willing to offer other dietary suggestions . we spoke to seth the manager who was very helpful and was accommodating of our concerns .

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EM
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Southern food— delicious. Service was excellent- waitress was very attentive. Bathrooms were clean.

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OT
New York Area
3.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was fantastic, as always. I have no idea what was going on with the service but it was atrocious. Which is so unusual at a Danny Meyer restaurant. The place was only half full so it didn’t appear that the staff was overburdened. There was a lot apologizing going on around our table: forgotten orders, offline credit card machine. Seemed like a bad night for blue smoke.

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M
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprised my Boyfriend by taking him here! We are from Massachusetts and he always says there is no good barbecue near us. I found blue smoke online and the menu sounded great, mind you I don't eat meat (I do eat fish) and there were plenty of options for myself as well. My boyfriend could not have been happier. The cornbread madelienes were amazing and the caramel that came with them was soooo good. The staff could not have been nicer and asked if we had any allergies, which I really appreciate. Great experience I couldn't thank them enough <3 <3

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OT
New York Area
3.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Staff was very friendly but waitress seemed confused order and a few things were wrong with it. They did make up for the mistakes by not charging for One or two items. Food was very tasty. Not the level we are accustomed to with a Danny Meyer establishment.

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LT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came here to celebrate my birthday with the family. Everyone enjoyed the food and casual ambiance! Great family place.

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RA
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was not so hot, felt like it was sitting out for a while before it was brought to the table. I ordered ribs; they were fall-of-the-bone tender, but the food temp was still upsetting. My friend ordered pork shoulder and left more than half of it because it was cold. The service was amazing! We loved our waiter Xavier! We ordered an appetizer. They brought the wrong thing out at first, so they let us keep what they gave us (Smoked Brisket and Fries) on top of the appetizer we ordered (Deviled Eggs, which were delicious). The brisket was delicious, just not super hot either.

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Berlin
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Der Besuch im Restaurant "Blue Smoke", gehört für uns bei einem Besuch von NYC dazu, wie das Wasser zum Regen. Eigentlich weiß man, was man bekommt und das in ordentlicher Qualität zu guten Preisen- so war es auch bei diesem Besuch. Das Pulled Pork war perfekt, die Rippen gibt es bei Tony Romas oder bei Rib City besser. Die Bedienung ist freundlich und bemüht alle Wünsche zu erfüllen . Also es war wieder -ein gelungener Abend - vielen Dank, bis zum nächsten Mal.

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OT
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great place great bbq!

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GP
4.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were very impressed with the overall level of service and the quality of the food.

Service:
- Hosts were friendly, approachable and helpful
- Wait staff was solicitous, knowledgeable, happy to help any table (i.e.: other waiters helped us without sending our waiter to the table)
- Bar staff were super friendly and knowledgeable as well
- Small touches such as branded wet wipes (high quality) and funny drink coasters added to the experience

Food:
- Entrees and sides that we tried were well prepared and very tasty
- One dish was late arriving but the waiter proactively told us it had been overcooked and the kitchen was redoing the dish - they served it and removed it from our bill
- The pit BBQ was well received by our table including baby back ribs, brisket and sausage
- We thought the drop biscuits were some of the best we'd ever had
- Beans were terrific, mac and cheese was fine (not great but not trying to be it seemed)
- Smoked chicken was moist and delicious

We loved the meal and the restaurant. And we'll be back.

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CB
4.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my Dad, sister and niece here for dinner and I was not disappointed. The ribs were fall off the bone tender and the pairing bbq sauce was great!

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OT
New York Area
3.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The meal was a bit disappointing compared to previous visits. There wasn’t as much food as the last time I went, and the service also has gone down. Maybe success has gone to their heads? Still very tasty, but the mice upmarket kind of ruined why I went there in the first place.

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i
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Father’s Day. Not too crowded. Service was good. Beef ribs are off the hook. Good chicken wings and cole slaw. Madeleines are delicious.

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AT
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the service was great. The barbecue was very good. The drinks was tasty and made well

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FP
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got ribs, they are fantastic!!
Also the beer was very good.
Very confortable restaurant

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VP
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the best BBQ i have ever had. the meat literally falls off the bone. the cornbread madillenes are not to be missed!

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very nice and amazing very

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FA
Edinburgh
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as we remember - great ribs, great beans, great slaw. Big portions - we always over order and forget to learn!!!

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L
Lincolnshire
4.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Over the years the menu has become less and less interesting. Standbys are still good and service is good.

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New England
2.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Staff was inattentive, failed to notify us about dishes not on the menu, and didn’t follow up on requests. Really disappointing service

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GF
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Been there several times and we're pleased each time . Highly recommended

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Chicago
3.0Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was slow and indifferent. We finished our meal and were trying to signal to the server that we wanted dessert menus and were all literally waving at him for a solid 15 minutes to get his attention. It was not busy in the least. Amazing food but just frustrating service. We also called ahead to say it was a group members birthday and while it was confirmed over the phone, nothing was done or said to acknowledge in person. Not a big deal, but just a small disappointment.

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