Blue Smoke

4.6
4397 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue

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About

This restaurant is no longer on Open Table. Please visit www.bluesmoke.com or call 212-477-7733 to make reservations.
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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Private party facilities
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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Private party contact
Malysa Volpicelli: (888) 351-1069
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Neighborhood
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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

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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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DT
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ribs with good service .

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OL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We held our Business Team dinner at Blue Smoke followed by Jazz at the Jazz Standard standard. Everything was phenomenal. We would definitely use this venue again. It was highly recommended to us and everyone had a fabulous time.

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VL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and friendly staff in a convenient location in Flatiron district.

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GC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Went to have lunch with family members. We decided on this place because the menu looked good as did the ambiance. We were all underwhelmed with our orders, except for the madelines. Maybe our mistake was that we did not go straight for the BBQ meats. If I try this place again, I'll have to try the BBQ choices. Also, the service was very energetic and polite. They were also able to accommodate my toddler son. Thanks.

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A classic Danny Meyer hospitality experience where every element was addressed and tended to. It’s what keeps us coming back.

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PP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! The staff were very friendly.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Out of wings. Which is why we went.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The food was all precooked and barely warmed when it came to the table. For 3 people the meal cost $175, the quality was extremely disappointing and the restaurant was freezing cold.

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IS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best BBQ in the area for ribs, and one of the few spots that offers beef ribs. Highly recommend for ribs.

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MI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re regulars

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ZG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was extremely accommodating and helpful for my friend's surprise dinner. Oh and the food is delicious! Thank you!

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time celebrating my daughter's 3rd birthday at Blue Smoke. Staff was super attentive and the food and drinks were delicious!

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S
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fun brunch here (3 old friends). The service is
always impeccable and friendly and the food is great.

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EM
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I haven't been there for years & the menu is entirely different. I was hoping that was a good thing, but it wasn't. I had the Cornish hen which was dry and tasteless, followed by the banana pudding, which was inedible. My friend's brisket was only slightly better. At this point, there are many better BBQ places to eat at. I recommend that you go elsewhere.

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CH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ole Turkey Leg and Salmon were amazing! Nice additions to an excellent Menu! Love Cornbread Madeleines sweet start!

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M
London
18 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Solid bbq place and great for a dinner with friends ... the food is delicious and it is presented beautifully (I love bbq on a tin tray). Beers and bourbons are also on offer to complete the vibe

Decor is ok, ambiance is fine although a little impersonal, price was right!

Four stars

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KW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Emily was amazing. Fun, efficient, knowledgable and added to our enjoyment at Blue Smoke.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was a bit of a let down. We were seated at a small table and after ordering we felt that one of the larger two seater tables would accommodate all the food better. My wife mentioned this to the women at the front desk but we weren’t moved. When the food came the waiter agreed that the table was a bit small for all the food so her moved us to the larger two seater table. The woman at the front desk came over and was quite short with us telling us that we should have told her we were moving, even though it was the waiter that had moved us. Her attitude kind of spoiled the night. The food was excellent though.

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NY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are a looking for a southern-inspired BBQ spot, you will be happy with this one. The food is fantastic and they serve generous portions. Extensive craft cocktails list.

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FV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never had a bad experience at Blue Smoke and this last visit was nothing short of amazing. Our server, Freddy, made it a point to make sure we selected the correct menu items as the menu has changed since the last time I was there and his suggestions were great. The wing sampler was different but very tasty and the cornbread Madeline’s were just INCREDIBLE. The whipped cheesecake and the banana pudding were also amazing. It’s definately a place you’d want to try multiple times because the menu has so much to offer.

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent BBQ. Very hard to find good beef ribs. These were outstanding.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The whole fried chicken was fried to perfection with excellent crispy bits falling off. The ribs were also tender with great flavor.

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Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was recommended to us my friends who’d visited NYC earlier this year and we were not disappointed. The welcome and seating service was efficient and courteous. The waiter explained items we weren’t sure about and was particularly helpful when we mentioned an allergy in our party. The menu choice is great and plenty of options for sides etc. The food quality is outstanding and we polished off the lot. Thoroughly recommended the pork wings ( pigs fly in nyc apparently) and the brisket beef. Pork and beans side were to die for.
All round an awesome night and experience. Thank you

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AN
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Meat felt like it was sitting out a while. Beef rib tasted more like beef jerky than a succulent piece of smoked meat.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Smoke has been one of my favorites for years. Hadn't been there in two years but the food was just as good as I remember. In particular, their smoked brisket is outstanding. went there on a friday night with friends and you could actually talk and hear each other, unlike many other restaurants in Manhattan. Nice ambiance too. Moderately priced (for Manhattan) but still, can't give it 5 stars on price.

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JE
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had been in the air all day and a little jaded. We were warmly welcomed and expected. The food was great as was the ambience. We had baby back ribs and a good bottle of Californian Cabernet Sauvignon. We had said when booking that it was our anniversary so we were gifted a glass each of tasty bubbly. A lovely touch.

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S
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A treat, as always. Super food, including a new item: Alabama Street Corn!

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CG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my wife and two kids. The service was great. Our principal waiter was very friendly, articulate and helpful. The food was delicious and filling. I worried that I might need a nap when I returned to the office. I've been here many times before and plan to return again and again.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I fell in love with blue smoke years ago, and we keep coming back. Amazing service, and fantastic food.

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YR
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I really loved blue smoke. Amazing food and staff. Definitely coming back.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time eating at Blue Smokehouse and the second time that I celebrated a special occasion. I felt welcome as soon as we walked in. The food was fantastic. Everyone was friendly and happy. They seemed to like their jobs. I will be coming back soon. I love this place.

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EP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Ribs are delicious, but all sides are extra, so somewhat expensive

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B
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. We got the special for $40 a person and it was great. Service is always exemplary.

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BF
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Had the Beef Ribs, they were a little dry for my liking. I expected a little more meat left on the bone, seemed over trimmed. Over all taste was good. Salad and sides were excellent.

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CF
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I shared the skillet Mac & Cheese, a pound of the brisket and the biscuits. They were fabulous, without any barbecue sauce, which, by the way, was not on the table, nor was any offered when we commented to our waiter how we normally have a variety of sauces to choose from at most “barbecue joints”. That said, we enjoyed our meal, had more than enough portions, and the flavors couldn’t be topped! We look forward to coming again when we next visit NYC!

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j
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the best food and service in all of New York City
come to Blue Smoke

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Smoke is a great place, only complaint is we ordered the full smoke pit dinner and they only give you one rib each. Come on guys, you should give at least 2 and probably 3, other then that food is awesome and The biscuits might be the best I ever had!

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m
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Blue Smoke! Seth and all the wait staff welcomed us like royalty. The food was delicious. Some of the best bbq around in NYC! The cornbread madeleines are a must order! Can’t wait to come back the next time I’m in New York.

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Limping along on only one air conditioner on a 95 degree day in Manhattan is bad. Lying about it to customers so that they sweat through their meal is not cool. Food was colder than the room.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the last night of our holiday we went to Blue Smoke and were not disappointed. The staff were great, service was great, food was great, drinks were great.

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