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Blue Smoke

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(173 Reviews)

116 E 27th St Frnt A, New York, NY 10016

(212) 447-7733

Today: 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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General Info
Founded by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, Blue Smoke celebrates the diverse culinary traditions of the American South with a range of soulful barbecue classics alongside revived family recipes and new favorites. An all-American beverage menu complements the Southern cooking with a wide range of whiskeys, wines, cocktails, and craft beers from coast to coast. The internationally renowned club Jazz Standard, located below the flagship restaurant in New York City’s Flatiron District, offers drinks, snacks, and dinner from Blue Smoke.
Regular Hours
Tue - Thu:
Extra Phones

Phone: (212) 576-2561

Phone: (212) 213-1720

Fax: (212) 576-2561

Fax: (212) 213-1720

Payment method
all major credit cards, diners club, amex, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
Rose Hill, Kips Bay, Midtown Manhattan

Blue Smoke/Jazz Standard

Blue Smoke Flatiron

Barbecue Restaurants, American Restaurants, Bars, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Restaurants, Soul Food Restaurants, Taverns
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, Soul, Caterers, Barbecue, Family Style, American, Latin American

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: No


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Provided by Citysearch - 
If you like to chew on rubber

then Blue Smoke is the place for you. After reading mixed reviews and visiting their very well maintained and appetizing website, I decided to try the place out for myself. Although my party was seated right away, the service was quite speedy, and the employees were fairly respectable, the food can only be described as putrid. My friend and I ordered ribs for two which included Memphis Baby Backs, Kansas City Spareribs, and Texas Beef Ribs along with Mac and Cheese on the side. The food came within minutes and looked very appealing, causing my mouth to water instantly.
I began with the Mac and Cheese, having very high hopes. However, after shifting the top layer of golden melted cheddar, what laid beneath seemed to be a smear of dairy diluted by a gallon of hot water. Instead of Macaroni and Cheese, it should have been called, Macaroni con Agua. After biting into the dry, rough, and bland meat of the ribs, my friend and I were taken further down the path of disappointment. Forget about fall of the bone, melt in your mouth, the texture was so dreadful, I felt as if I was chewing on rubber. By the end of the meal, my jaw felt sore from all the rigorous exercise that I had put it through. It is a good thing I had ordered something to drink or the mountain of salt used to preserve this ancient slab of meat would have caused severe dehydration. At least now I know why they put so many different sauces on the table; to compensate for the lack of taste of their food. Maybe the service is so fast because everything has been sitting there since the place opened years ago. Giving this restaurant more than a star would be a crime against taste buds everywhere!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Beef Ribs

at least once a month I stop bye Blue Smoke for 1 1/2 racks of their Texas Style Beef Ribs , I call for pick-up when I leave the gym on my walk home that gives me a reason to drink a beer at the bar as I continue on my walk I have the pleasure of walking as I smell the ribs in the bag. My wife loves the ribs as well as myself and our Bulldog Bull.After all of us polish off the ribs my wife freezes the bones for Bull for days to come.



Provided by Citysearch - 

I always have a great time at Blue Smoke but this time seemed even better. The night I was there proved how much of a difference great service can make to a meal. We had an awesome server who made perfect suggestions and took great care of our table. The manager came over and asked how our meal was and then handed his card out and said if we needed anything to reach out. It was impeccable service in addition to an amazing dinner. We started with hush puppies which have an accompanying sauce that has a bit of a kick. We split the salmon, chicken and pulled pork alongside some mac and cheese. Oddly enough, for being a BBQ place, I'm not a huge fan of their ribs, but their other items more than make up for it. Their wings are seasoned to perfection and their mac and cheese is so rich and delicious. For dessert we had this bread pudding that had bits of bacon in it which sent us into a salty sweet food coma. Had a great night here!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Hit or Miss

I've been to Blue Smoke a handful of times since it opened and the ribs are definitely well above average for NYC. It's in the same league as the other popular city BBQ places...Dinosaur, RUB, Hill Country and probably better than Brother Jimmy's. The decor and atmosphere is a little unusual for a ""rib joint"" being a tad upscale but that has nothing to do with the food. Service is good as well as the bar but the quality of the food seems inconsistent. One night the food is great and another afternoon, it seemed leftover and dry. When it's good it's very good and when it's bad, it's not worth it and definitely over-priced. I even tried some of their ribs at a Mets game at Citi Field and was quite surprised at how good it was considering I was at a baseball game. For New York City, it's still well above average BBQ and worth a try...but if you're from Texas, Kansas City, Memphis or Carolina, you may be disappointed.



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DMANBURGER ""Blue Smoke""

February 14, 2010

Ever since I started writing about burgers, people have harped on me to try Danny Meyer’s contribution to the burger world. I doggedly avoided patronizing the obvious invention of Shake Shack, opting not to anguish in long lines and potentially overrated smash burgers. Today I decided to sample his other beef emporium, Blue Smoke.This mouthwatering St.Louis natives BBQ joint features signature “cue” favorites such as ribs,beef,fowl, southern vegetable sides,mac and cheese and home-style desserts and pies. Their Blue Smoke burgers are on the list as a must try on many restaurant critics lips and today was my privilege to give Chef Kenny Callaghan and the genius restaurateur Danny Meyer’s creation a shot to see what the boys have learnt.

As I followed the manager to my table, I admired the factory/abattoir chic decor, surrounded by red-hot oversized booths, steel and concrete fixings and large close-up photos of pickles, potato, and various other historic nostalgia. The bar was a giant man perch, perfect for sampling the many home brews, while watching sports and gnawing on pork and beef treats. My table was in the back of a lively dining room in which the sound of jazz, jovial conversation and rib bones clanking in galvanized tins provided as makeshift BBQ spittoons filled the room. I ordered my Blue Smoke burger medium with good old American cheddar cheese and maple-cured bacon. The patty was a ground sirloin and arrived on a freshly toasted homemade brioche bun. After fixing an annoying wobbly table with a stack of coasters, my waiter proceeded to execute the story of the creation of my anticipated beef pleasure. He explained that my burger would be seasoned and char grilled with a secret mix of herbs neatly packaged and labeled “Magic Dust”. Although the name scarily reminded me of the other less legal kind of dust, I was confident that I was safe and secure with his description! After a short while my burger arrived with a mountainous portion of crispy French Fries and fresh lettuce and tomato. The taste of the burger was flavorful but, unfortunately was overcooked and left a dry aftertaste following a few bites. The bun was an excellent complement to the burger with its firmness and texture.

Despite all the state of the art high-tech barbeque grills,smokers and other pit masters essentials that are present in kitchen, the Blue Smoke burger was sadly disappointing. Hopefully Mr. Meyer and Chef Callaghan have targeted their talent here more toward their BBQ, because their burger skills were lacking this day. I enjoyed the atmosphere, the extensive menu and live jazz music which makes Blue Smoke a fun and entertaining pig-out spot. Try the ribs, brisket and home-style desserts and maybe leave the burgers for some of Mr. Meyers other restaurants!



Provided by Citysearch - 
what happened to this place?

What has happened? This place was once the BBQ restaurant to be. Just went there and seriously had one of the worst meal I had in years. Ordered babyback ribs, beans, mac' cheese, and creamed spinach. The ribs has the texture and look of dessicated corn beef and I had to spit out a lot of the meat licking that saltlick. Any reheated frozen ribs would taste so much better. And I'm not exaggerating. The side dishes are equally awful. The beans are unsurpassably pedestrian. The mac' cheese is a pile of goo of condensed butter I felt I just gulp down a bottle of tacky glue. The creamed spinach has astronomical sodium level. I walked out of the place very bewildered, and as I walked away I was infuriated by extremely low quality of the food. Any deli counter can whip up a more tasty combination. This place is hopeless if they keep serving this kind of food. I will never go back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
A Jewel to be Discovered

Entering this must stop-over for most native New Yorkers, you would think you were going to sit in a familiar bar. Instead, your lead to a sprawling rear area, in-where people are laughing, eating and enjoying this spectacular experience. I began my meal will an appetizer of Fat Back with a peanut butter & jelly vinaigrette. I know, but it was one of the most amazing app I have ever tasted and I'm quite a table hopper in this town.

Then, me and my best friend had an assortment of ribs that were to much to finish and overwhelming in fantastic taste. Not only was a doggy bag prepared, we added ribs and dessert for the road.

If you haven't dined here, do it now!!! I don't care what anyone tells you, find out why the place stays packed, the location is convenient and the experience haunts you to return. If at all possible, bring an inflatable bed to sleep it off before leaving, they will feed you into a coma.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food and Perfect City Hot Spot

I choose this restaurant because I wanted to try a new place and what better time to see what NYC has to offer than Restaurant Week 2009. So I was a little nervous when I saw a packed bar and restaurant but graciously planned ahead by making a reservation. Reservations are recommended so that the tension of waiting is void. Once seated I was blown away by the food and the service. I had the BBQ spare ribs with collard greens and the ribs fell right off the bone. The drinks were pretty good and the staff was friendly. I will def go back with a crowd and have some more of that homegorwn sauce. Check it out for yourself and enjoy!



Provided by Citysearch - 
My new favorite restaurant

This place was awesome. We ordered the chipotle wings, spicy cheese fries and fried calamari. Everything was so good. The restaurant decor is really cool as well - wide open space with a city-meets-southern BBQ Pit kind of feel.

Huge fan of Shake Shack, and Danny Meyer is equally as impressive here. No drawbacks - this place is a ust go.



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Olive Charge for Martinis - unheard of!

I just came back from a $400+ client dinner. When the bill came, which was already over the top, I noticed there were ITEMIZED olive charges. The restaurant charged us for olives that were in the martinis. I will NEVER go back. I am a New Yorker, and consider myself pretty forgiving, but to have ""olive"" charges on the bill for all of the martinis is ridiculous and appalling, and I would not recommend Blue Smoke. In addition, I told the waitress that this was unheard of, and she still did not remove the olive charges from the bill. Too many great restaurants in NYC that serve great food and service, to ever go back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
New Yorks worst and slowest BBQ and a complete rip-off.

We went to Blue Smoke during restaurant week in the hopes of having a good and filling lunch. It was plain and simply bad- both food and service. We arrived just before 3pm to be told that the lunch menu was not available, only the Dinner menu. Our waiter was on his first day so he was not completely to blame but as I surveyed the restaurant, which was only half full, I noticed that sevaral tables were getting impatient waiting for their food. I understood this only too well as it took 50 minutes for our order to arrive at our table. The waiters did not seem to be in a rush on this particular Saturday, they were more busy chatting to each other than serving their customers.
When our food finally arrived it was dissapointing. I had orderred the Texas Salt and Pepper Beef Ribs. Out came a plate of bones with a little meat on them. Well to be fair, 1 of the 4 ribs did have some meat of it, the other 3 seemed to have been scraped of most of the meat before they arrived at our table. My companions were equally dissapointed. They had 2 Blue smoke Burgers and a Pulled Pork Sandwich. All the vegetables that came with our food were either cold or luke warm. The mashed potatos were watery and the salad partially wilted. To serve up this bad meal took 50 minutes and cost us over $150 (including 2 beers and 2 bloody mary's in total)
In short, bad service, lousy food and a complete rip-off. This is not worth a visit.



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What a Disappoinment

I've tried quite a few BBQ joints in NY, and until I ate at Blue Smoke I'd never has a bad meal. However, that streak ended tonight as soon as the first bite of my pulled pork open face sandwich reached my lips. I was immediately horrified that the meat was extremely, overwhelmingly salty. Not salty the way pulled pork should be -- smoky, moist, BBQ-y with a bit of a salty taste. This pork was nothing but salt. Horrendous.

I reached for the BBQ sauce, hoping to mask the flavor with a few generous shakes of sauce. Again, disappointment. The sauce was watery, thin, and so mildly flavored it could barely qualify as BBQ.

Ok then. I switched tactics and sampled my side dish of baked beans. Mistake. They tasted like they were mixed in tomato sauce with green peppers stirred in. Ugh.

Needless to say, i was really unhappy with my meal.

My friend was happily eating his ribs and mac and cheese and loving every bite. I sampled the mac --it was pretty good.

On the plus side, the service was good, and the setting was very pleasant and comfy. But it all comes down to the food and the bottom line is, Blue Smoke did NOT fit the bill.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best ribs you'll ever eat in your life

Blue Smoke is by definition a restaurant but that category does not do it justice as it is light years apart from any other place that calls itself a BBQ place. I think Smokehouse is a better definition but regardless of what you call it you will find some damn fine eating there. My personal favorite is the Texas Salt n Pepper ribs which is amazing and don't worry no sort of honey/molasses BBQ sauce is slathered over your food it's all good cooking.



Provided by Citysearch - 
good bbq but some huge flaws hurt

Ate here for a early dinner. Ordered 2 Mojito's to drink, potato chips and blue cheese dip as an app. The drinks came in a surprisingly small glass and were not very good, the only flavor besides rum in it was a very bitter taste and the drinks were very pricey.The chips and dip were very good with a spicy kick added by the BBQ 'magic dust' and the dip was very creamy with a nice tang of blue cheese.

For entrees I order a half-rack of the Texas salt and pepper ribs and my wife ordered the sampler platter (ribs, pulled pork, chicken and sausage) and we got coleslaw, mac and cheese and fries as sides. My ribs were flavorful and smokey but very dry, it's likely we got the tail end of the lunch service ribs (it was a very early dinner). My wife reported everything she had was good but had the same opinion on her ribs that i had. I only got a taste of the sausage which was very spicy. HTe pulled pork did come out already sauced which she did not mind but annoys me to no end.

The coleslaw was very good (a vinegar based slaw not milky like most places) and the mac and cheese was very creamy (and the blisters of burnt cheese were really good). The fries were average and pretty blah.

Overall the food was very good but at these prices that's to be expected and the slight mistakes become magnified. The bad (and horridly overpriced) drinks and the dry ribs take away from the overall meal. If it hadn't been for those missteps (or better prices) this could have easily gotten 4 or 5 stars from me.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great sweet potato fries

We went there in May for our honeymoon, the chips and blue cheese dressing were good and my husband loved the sweet potato fries, the cole slaw was okay but not creamy. All in all it was good barbecue and we would go back again, the staff was very good.



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Best Rib sampler

We tried Blue Smoke last night. For a Wednesday night it was packed. We started with orange margaritas. They were good. They went a little overboard with the salt and it was a little too sweet for me and it was also a very small drink. But, nonetheless, very refreshing.
We had the BBQ potato chips and blue cheese dip. This was really awesome! The dip is addicting and even though the BBQ potato chips look pretty standard, the taste is outstanding.
Next we got the rib sampler (for one) and the fried chicken. The fried chicken was really good. All white meat and not greasy at all. But, since the ribs were soooo GOOOD, we ended up fighting over the ribs. Next time, we would probably get the rib sampler for two. The kansas city and memphis ribs are really good. The salt and pepper ribs are really good too, but were a little dry for my taste.
I would highly recommend coming here!



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Great Ribs

We were there on a busy Friday night and had a good time. The place is a bit loud, but overall good. We started with the homemade potato chips with the warm blue cheese dip, which was real nice. The dip was pretty addicting. We also had the peel and eat shrimp, which I was surprised was a hot dish. ( heat-hot) If it said it on the menu, I missed it.
We both had the rib sampler platter which we ended up having packed up to take home we had so much and were saving room for dessert. I highly recommend the macaroni and cheese, it was delish. Best thing of the evening. Neither of us particularly cared for the cole slaw.
Dessert was the chocolate layer cake and banana cream pie. I had prearranged with the hostess that it was my husbands birthday, so they wrote his name in chocolate on the plate and put a candle in his cake. Unfortunately I was a solo in singing as a food runner dropped it off and immediately left. The banana cream pie was a little too much on what tasted like artificial banana flavor in the pie filling, but the walnuts on top were a nice addition.



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Loved it!

Great food and service! We went for lunch over the weekend and the food was really really tasty!!!! We had the rib sampler and the Texas beef ribs, mac and cheese, fries, hush puppies..we loved it all. I'll definitely be back again.



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I don't get it

Went on a saturday night,was told the wait would be an hour and a half and were seated in less than an hour.Good drinks,good beers on tap.Staff is young and the place seems really touristy.The food was horrible.I'm not big into barbeque,but I've been to R.U.B. and Pearsons in Queens and enjoyed it.I had the pulled pork which had no taste except where it was covered by some sort of sauce on a stale piece of garbage whitebread.The wings sucked!They were doused in barbeque sauce, and had very little meat on them.This slop repeated on my stomach all night long.In all fairness the desserts were pretty good.If it weren't for the dessert,this would probably be one of the worst meals i have ever had.