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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

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Today: 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
18
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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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.
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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
$$
Neighborhoods
Rose Hill, Kips Bay, Midtown Manhattan
AKA

Blue Smoke/Jazz Standard

Blue Smoke Flatiron

Categories
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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kmaritato

06/10/2003

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Overall
Just go for Drinks!!!!

I have read many good reviews of Blue Smoke, still no one can ""really""tell me what makes this so place great. I will say the bar area is loaded with liquor and look funs.. but the rest of the place resembles TGIF's. I purchased 9 Ribs for $25 and it tasted like ribs from chinese restaurant down the street. Please save your money and just go for drinks!!!!

dgenduso

06/05/2003

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GGOOODD FOOD

Okay, if your going to NY! You have to go here. The drinks are the best. The BBQ is AWESOME!
Everyone in our group LOVED the food. The Mac N' Cheese is the best I have ever tasted, we were all fighting over it. I took the BBQ sauce home (it's bottled) and my husband LOOVVEED it.
Yummy!

RLGinNYC

05/22/2003

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Good upscale BBQ

I think a lot of the negative reviews must have been from when this place first opened. I finally got to try it last night. The service was amazing. Really friendly waiters and staff who could not do enough for you. I do not know how anyone could think these ribs are dry! They are very flavorful and were obviously marinated for a long time. The sides were delicious - mac & cheese, spinach, baked beans, string beans...we enjoyed them all. I was not completely blown away, but would definitely go back!

Sbalicer

05/22/2003

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Blue Smoke

The Smoked Rib Meat is far supior to all other Barbque eatery in NY. The texture, smoked flavor are terific. Sauces are extreamly tasty. Last week i oreder a special, Prime Ribs of Beef, it was extreamly poor, lacked flavor. Stick to the ribs.

seamus

05/16/2003

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finger lickin' good

I've been to blue smoke now 5 times and have yet to have a bad experience. the ribs are always great and the chicken is good. i've had every side on the menu and was impressed- the mac/cheese is awsome, while at first embarrased to admit i ordered mac and cheese from a nyc restaraunt on a saturday night, the table had to order more because i couldn't keep everyones fork out of it.
the music is also great-- except for the george thorogood being blocked. all of you with poor reviews have NO CLUE what good food is!

bsa_duke

05/15/2003

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BEST BARBEQUE

If you know you are going for a ""getting dirty"" dinner, this is the place. It is unbelievable. My friends and I go once a week (minimum, we live in the area) and everytime can't resist walking out ready to burst. The wings have certainly decreased in size since it opened but are nonetheless great. Stick to the items the place does best, brisket, ribs, wings, cajun shrimp is good, not great. Great beer selection too, something like 50 beers. BTW, the service is very good .

jnyc

05/05/2003

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Ribs were a table pleaser

The ribs were fantastic, everyone at the table agreed that they were the best that they had ever had (of course none of us are from highly carnivorous states). Service was very attentive. Our favorite side, the sweet potato fries. Collard greens could use some work. We think you get shorter ribs in the sampler, so just go for the baby back ribs...everyone confirmed they were the best of all options. Don't get seated in a booth unless you like TV and sitting near the bar crowd.

starrmsu

04/24/2003

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Much better than its rating

If you're looking for barbeque like Dallas BBQ (soaked in sauce from a bottle, generic, homogeneous food) then you won't like Blue Smoke. But if you want tasty ribs and a fun atmosphere this is the place. We've had a great time each time we've been there (with different friends). Definitely worth trying and definitely better than most of these negative reviews.

AMandK

02/23/2003

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Overall
consistent

A standard stop for us, especially to split a hamburger or dry ribs barside. Service is attentive. Still a little too much with the TV sports empahsis.

JamieJeannie

02/11/2003

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Go to Applebees!

In fact, go to the corner Chinese restaurant and get the ribs that come free w/ every order over $10. I gaurantee they are better ribs than Blew Smoke. There was no meat on the bones! BBQ Chicken was horrible also (dry, no meat)! On the flipside, the sides were damn good (homemade BBQ Chips, Hush Puppies, and Sweet Potato Fries) and the pulled pork was excellent.

Rok

02/05/2003

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Not soo fresh...

Because of all the rave reviews, I thought that I was in for a treat... Unfortunately the ribs which are the only reason for my going to any bbq style restaurant seemed old. They were not fresh at all. The sides were awesome but I love ribs and I am constantly trying to find the best in the city...these were definitely not the ones...

iwong65

02/02/2003

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Overall
dry ribs

we did not enjoy the food at all. dry oversalted robs!

nobulover

01/29/2003

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Good Atmosphere, Terrible Food!

Let me start by saying that the atmosphere is great and the service is acceptable (rather slow), but the food is absolutely terrible! I went with several friends and we tried the ribs, and the brisket. The ribs were tough and tasteless, but compared to the beef brisket they were outstanding. First the brisket arrived cold. When we alerted our server they took them back and apparently microwaved them. they returned piping hot and OVERDONE! They were well done, very dry, but now they were hot. This was my worst dining experience in my 3years in NYC!

Jaykind

01/27/2003

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Oink - Oink

Cool place for a Saturday night. We went without a reservation and were told that the wait was 1.5 hrs, but were sat in a half hour. Nice bartenders, solid drinks. Food was really good. Oysters on the half were very good, and the fried green tomato app. was great. I had the Memphis ribs, and was a little disappointed as they were a little on the dry side.....Virgils is better. Other people in the party had the catfish and the pulled pork sandwich, and they raved. All in all a good night out, and cool atmosphere, just dont be suprised if you aren't wowed when you leave. Great service.

bruce2112

01/26/2003

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It's all about the ribs

And real ribs are not drowning in sauce. These are ""smoked"" ribs...hence the name. Many people do not like the taste of smoked meats, and that's an important consideration when choosing this restaurant. These are not bottled-barbeque-drenched, sticky-finger ribs. These are great ribs, they way they are supposed to be, served in a casual atmostphere with good beer and bourbon. The fry bread with chipotle butter helps it along just fine.

nofomofo

01/23/2003

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Go to Pearsons!!!

Explore the outer boros of NYC and hit up Queens for better BBQ. The food here does not live up to the hype-the ribs had an odd taste to them (meat? sauce?) and a diner in our party sent back the pulled pork platter which appeared to have been sent through an Enron shredder before hitting the plate. Good service but subpar food.

i_eat_there4_I_am

01/23/2003

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Overall
NOT bad...

Saw all the negative reviews here, but tried this place anyways. It's a ribs joint...plain and simple so what are people expecting? This ain't no chi-chi type of spot. They have a great selection of tasty ribs with all the sides....collard greens, mac 'n cheese, cole slaw, etc. The soup was and desserts were tasty, as well. The ambience suits the place, they place good music, the service was fine. I think the others that have reviewed this were expected a whole lot more. Take it for what it is and enjoy some beef!

senyc

01/23/2003

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Don't believe the bad press

If you're going to Blue Smoke looking for Gramercy Tavern-type food, you'll be disappointed. If you go looking for great BBQ, a festive atmosphere, cheery waitstaff and a good time, you'll be delighted.

BBQ snobs, and there are many, dismiss this place as subpar and inauthentic. They should lighten up, have a cocktail, and sit bacl and enjoy their meal.

Dazed

01/21/2003

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Overall
Needs work

Not bad but the restaurant definitely needs more time to improve its food. A bit of a hit or miss so far.

Clever_NYC

01/09/2003

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Overall
Blew Smoke

Hmn?...Lets start with the good. Excellent service, friendly, quick and very attentive to patrons needs. Now the bad, unfortunately a restaurant cannot stand on it's merits of excellent service alone. It's a restaurant so it's main feature would be it's food. It's very bad. No it's very, very bad. Too much hype around this place that has placed it in 2nd place as one of the best BBQ joints. As New Yorkers this place makes us look very bad. As If we don't know what a good BBQ really is. Summary good service, bad food!