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Posted by Cuisinecrazy on 12/12/2014
Dined at Blue Smoke yesterday and had a very enjoyable dinner. I wondered how it would be after reading recent reviews and was happily surprised. I too, have been coming here for years, although just once or twice a year since it opened. True, things have changed. Although always a high quality restaurant, I admit that it's not as "down and dirty" as in the past. There's not the different selection of ribs and no sauces on the table. Not to give the wrong idea, but the food is now a bit more elegant than in the past. We had the large baby back ribs platter, which we shared (two racks), mac 'n cheese, collard greens (yes, collard greens are still on the menu) and biscuits. I asked for spicy sauce which came promptly, in a bottle. We each had two glasses of different, high end red wine. The food was delicious and the service was exemplary. It is a bit different than it used to be- It is no longer a Southern style barbecue restaurant in New York, but a New York restaurant serving delicious barbecue cuisine.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/17/2014
Blue Smoke has been a favorite since it opened. So disappointed to go last night and find the menu so different. No cole slaw? No sauce on the table? Happy that they haven't screwed with Mac n cheese but overall very bummed with changes.
Posted by Annie on 10/01/2014
Blue Smoke was the answer to a dream for me. I loved barbecue in Nashville and in Houston, Dallas...but when this place opened right in my neighborhood, the first REAL barbecue in NYC, I was thrilled and immediately become a good customer. I love all their ribs and the cole slaw, but my absolute favorite has always been their salt and pepper beef ribs. I've been on a diet for a little while, so hadn't been there for a few months. Imagine my surprise when I called for a reservation, only to find that they didn't make the beef ribs anymore! WTF? You don't fix what ain't broken, and that's what's happened to my favorite restaurant. I won't be back unless they bring back the beef ribs. No one else makes them like that and I am so upset!
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.