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Posted by Cameronian on 08/06/2007
I went to Blue Smoke years ago to try their BBQ and was greatly underwhelmed and found it overpriced as well. Today is my birthday and I decided to treat myself to a cuban sandwich for lunch. NY Magazine online listed their "Cueban" sandwich as one of the top 5 in NYC (shoulda checked before, that list is from 2003). It's listed on Blue Smoke's online menu. It wasn't listed on this site, which turned out to be the correct menu. No longer offering it, I decided on the Smoked Pastrami sandwich instead. I don't think I've ever had meat so bland in my life. Literally no taste at all. And chewy and fatty on top of that. The bartender was clearly not going to bother asking me how I liked my meal so I pushed it away to get his attention. He offered to replace it with something else and suggested the grilled chicken sandwich. It would have been OK for $5 but it costs $12 so it was gravely disappointing. I'm officially done with this place.
Posted by Cityeater on 07/31/2007
I really expected a differnet level of food when venturing into a Danny Meyer place. But the BBQ here is really only ok. The flavor of the St Louis ribs was good but the sauces available on the side don't mesh well with the flavor of the ribs. The pulled pork had good flavor but was mushy. The brisket was dry. The Texas salt ribs were touch and, well, salty. The hush puppies were delish as were the other sides. And chocloate cake served with a glass of milk is inspired. But you go for the meat and I found it disappointing on all levels. I liked the service and the atmosphere. Overall, not a place I would return to.
Posted by UES on 07/24/2007
Expensive and lousy. Cool atmosphere poor bbq and worse prices. Nowadays NY has too many good bbq spots to waste time with this place...leave it to the tourists and people who don't know better...
Posted by IluvBBQ on 07/11/2007
Great place for ribs - my favorite are the Kansas City, but I also break down and do the sampler when I can't decide. The mac & cheese is one of the best in the city. A little pricey, but quality is consistent and the atmosphere is great. Service is totally dependent on the waiter/waitress that you happen to get - some are wondeful, others are less attentive. If you really just want a good rack in a fun setting, this is the place to go!
Posted by parkslopefoodie on 06/30/2007
I'm a huge BBQ fan and have been avoiding this place due to an extremely bad review from a friend who I consider to be in-the-know when it comes to food. Came since someone at work had heard just the opposite. I decided to see for myself. Trekked out on a Friday night and waited for about an hour to get a table...but WELL WORTH IT. They had the best saucy ribs I've had in a while! Juicy and meaty! Chicken was tender...very flavorful! I thought to myself, "Self, you may have just found a better alternative than going all the way to Dino in Harlem for great NYC BBQ!" Service was impeccable - my friends kept commenting that the waiter was so attentive. And the scene is great - very chill, late 20s - early 30s yuppie laid back vibe which I dig. Nice bar selection too. One complaint - my dessert wasn't that good. But that won't stop me from coming back.
Posted by john and deb on 05/13/2007
Went on Mother's Day, and was surprised at the overall quality of the dining experience. Every thing was perfect, the food was great, our waitress was attentitive, and for 6 people the bill was not bad. We started out with a couple of orders of their very tasty wings. Half of our party had the rib sampler and the other had pulled pork. The ribs were so tender and those who had the pulled pork claimed it was the best they have ever tasted. This was the first time we have dined here, but we certainly will be back soon.
Posted by dimepiece on 04/24/2007
This place is a joke. I heard good things about it so i decided to take my cousin from overseas there and boy, was everyone disappointed. The ribs are subpar at best. They come out cold, with no flavor and you are forced to slather the cold bbq sauce on the table in sqeeze bottles. The hush puppies were as hard as rock and the sauce it came with was putrid. The collard greens was too sugary! You read right, these people put sugar in their collard greens and so much, it was as sweet as candy. The mac and cheese was bad (I'm being kind) I think they made it with fresh pasta...not a good call...fresh pasta does not go good with cheez whiz. The best part was the appetizer and the drinks though. We ordered a dozen oysters and at a whopping $2.25 for each, we paid $30 for the MOST SCRAWNIEST oysters we EVER laid eyes on! They were literally the size of my thumbnail! WoW! and the beet salad was tiny with few sprigs of watercress and a few pieces of boiled beets. The drinks topped it off for me though. I ordered the Blue Smoke martini, composing of Ketel One with 3 gorgonzola olives. All that was in there was a measley shot of Ketel (I'm not even sure) and the nasty driblets from the 3 huge olives that overpowered the whole drink...my drink tasted like a homeless man washed his feet in some water and served it to me in a martini glass!