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Posted by rib lover keepin it real on 05/28/2008
First off, I'm not going to tell you which BBQ joints are better or how "I'm from the south" so i know what good ribs are BUT there arent really ANY great rib joints in NY/NJ and Blue Smoke is no exception. There are decent rib joints in NY/NJ which fall short of being great. Blue Smoke was absolutely the WORST rib place I've eaten at in NY. When you walk into the place this smokey smell of bad ribs hits you like a punch in the face. I dont understand why places up here think that you need to smoke the heck out of a rib in order for it to be "authentic" southern BBQ. That is such a falsehood. This place takes the tenderness out of the rib by overcooking it to the point where all you are left with are a bunch of dried Slim Jims with BBQ sauce on them. Good ribs are slow cooked and should fall off the bone. This touristy establishment quickly cooks its ribs as if they are on an assembly line leaving you with dried, flavorless, overpriced, tough meat on a plate. The key to good ribs has nothing to do with smokey!! With regards to the service, it was also lackluster. The entire front portion of the place was empty but they decide to cram everyone in the back in tables with about an inch between them! That alone told me what a touristy place this was because no NYer would stand for that. On a busy day i can understand that, but they were not busy and it was a weekday.
Posted by hungry5 on 05/23/2008
Please read this and follow my advice. I know when you read ribs on the menu it is sooo tempting but Blue Smoke is all about the burger and the sides! Remember, Shake Shack lovers, BS has the same owner! Save yourself some $$ and get the burger. It is won-der-ful. Next the chicken wings (hot and smokey), the devil eggs, collard greens, the baked beans (most of the times - they have been undercooked a couple of times i have had it), and last but not least, the ice berg wedge with blue cheese and bacon. These items cannot be beat - wonderful, wonderful, wonderful....
Posted by Anonymous on 05/19/2008
Went here to see what all of the fuss is about... Salad was soggy and just not tasty. Our ribs were just not good tasting as well as the beans and sweet potato fries (huge cut up sweet potatoes with no flavor) were just not tasty at all. The beer selection was the only good thing.
Posted by MDL on 05/12/2008
I went here for a weekday lunch on a whim b/c they had outdoor seating....except they didn't have anyone to service the outside area so we wound up sitting inside. It was cramped and got extremely loud as the place filled up. I had the Maryland crab salad which was excellent but so tiny I was starving before we even left the restuarant. My colleague had the ahi tuna which seemed a decent portion. Both were on the pricey side. I also thought the menu was limited but maybe I shouldn't have gone to a BBQ place for lunch (didn't want to eat messy ribs). The servers were very friendly but I don't think I will be going back.
Posted by Average Joe on 05/11/2008
I can't say I'm a complete carnivore conoseur but I do like partake now and again. I think the selection was quite decent, from different BBQ sauces to dry rub to pork or beef. I tried the combination platter and was not disappointed. I'm a dry rub pork rib fan myself. The sides were excellent and the staff courteous. Atmosphere could be a little cozier but the place is super clean and nothing but professional. I would definitely recommend stopping in for a bite. I know I will continue to do so.
Posted by EA on 03/31/2008
Despite the Disney World-eque atmosphere, really enjoyed my time here. The deviled egg appetizer was the best I've ever had. Coleslaw also amazing. Mac n cheese too. Would rate these dishes over the actual ribs but all in all a delightful experience.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/08/2008
I love this restaurant, as do all my friends and family who have been there. Legendary ribs, delicious sides, and a lively atmosphere. I'll keep going back for years to come.