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Posted by Roger on 09/17/2014
Too bad for Blue Smoke. It used to be great. The portions are now tiny and the food tasteless. They have dropped collard greens and many other southern foods from their menu. I asked a server if they had collard greens and their response was that the new chef doesn't like collard greens and they doesn't fit his idea of what the restaurant should offer. The waitress then went on to say that the chef dropped many other popular menu items and has tinkered with the rest (basically cutting the size of the portions down). I ordered the Brisket Sandwich and it was more like the size of a White Castle mini burger (no offense to White Castle as that is the size you expect when you order it). The Brisket Sandwich was also very dry and tasteless. They have also removed the holder of sauces from the table. I asked the waiter for BBQ sauce and it looked like it nearly killed him to get me a micro mini bowl of BBQ sauce. I liked having the choice of sauces right in front of me. I noticed that the restaurant did not have its usual great smell of BBQ. Kind of strange when you can't smell the BBQ when they call themselves a BBQ place. I flagged helper for a refill which never showed up. But the bill did (not surprisingly). Would I go back to give them another chance. No, since I have gone back twice in the past month and have been sadly disappointed. My advice, try another BBQ place.
Posted by uppereastsider on 04/10/2014
was there yesterday and the portions are not even average they are smaller than average. very strange also the brisket was dry. i will not go back and do not recommend. The service was very good
Posted by anonymous on 12/23/2013
Blue Smoke offers not only a delicious and varied menu, but has the best service I've experienced in NYC.
Posted by sunny on 04/10/2013
BBQ is an iconic, almost sacred, food. The Blue Smoke effort tasted like the sort of thing a coffee shop might offer as a "special" Except that a coffee shop Special might have been hot, the portions might have been larger, the price less irritating. I had pallid, dry, pulled pork humped artlessly on a piece of commercial white bread. What saved the meal was the staff - they were too sweet to complain to. Maybe this is how Blue Smoke gets away with it.
Posted by anonymous on 12/11/2012
We have enjoyed eating here for years and like the place. Recently we have been turned away twice because the restaurant had been given over to private gatherings. I was told by a greeter that such will more-and-more be the case as the holidays approach. Sad to see a nice restaurant turning into an event space.
Posted by Alberta on 12/04/2012
I'm in agreement with a prior reviewer who had to wait 40 minutes for food to come out at lunch -- I guess we were lucky, we only had to wait 35 minutes, which is a long time when you have to get back to work and the restaurant isn't crowded. When we asked the waitress to check after about 20 minutes, she came back to let us know "it shouldn't be long, they're putting your shrimp on the grill now ..." HUH?! Food was okay but service was beyond slow. Lots of smoke at Blue Smoke, but no fire under the servers ...
Posted by Katie on 07/17/2012
This place is a lot of fun for dinner with a group of friends. Order a bunch of starters to share, and explore the cocktail menu.