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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!
Posted by done that on 04/16/2007
We went on a thursday and had to wait about 45 min. Then we had some of the bbq which was subpar at best. The brisket was fatty and grey. The beef rib was so tough you couldnt chew it. The highlight was the dessert. The low point was the bill. Will not return......
Posted by Anonymous on 04/12/2007
Simply put, Blue Smoke served the best Mac and Cheese and Wings (the Chipotle wings) I have ever eaten. I was informed that the wings are smoked for 14 hours--which comes at no surprise given how they tasted. Each time I have been here I saw a jazz performance while I ate, so the ambience and service were all dictated by the performance. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for great bbq food and a smooth atmosphere.
Posted by HS on 03/15/2007
This was my first and last visit. The salt and pepper beef ribs, so highly praised by the NY Times, were inedible. The three kind of pork ribs all tasted the same. No, that's not true - none of them had any taste! The collard greens and cole slaw were quite good, but the BBQ potato chips tasted only of salt. The service was fine. It was a very disappointing experience.
Posted by Shawn on 03/15/2007
Nice place with a cool kind of air about it. Where in NY do we have BBQ and a kind of scene feel.....HERE! It's like a Houston's scene (well, maybe a tad below), somewhat dim (could be dimmer), but they totally need to turn the music up. All you hear are plates and glasses. As for the food...you totally could share if you want to leave comfortable not full. Get apps and sides and an entree. BBQ chips with bluecheese (and ranch?) & bacon is AMAZING! Then we got the rib sampler which was very good but lets face it...all BBQ in NYC is the same. Even Dallas BBQ is just as good, but Blue Smoke's secret...2 amazing kinds of table BBQ sauce and a MAGIC DUST seasoning.....yummy! I'd go back just for that! They totally need frozen drinks though, it could add a fun feel to the place. Sides seem good. Mashed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach are just average, get the mac and cheese. As for dessert- choc cake was just rich and boring. Very Entenmans. Get the apple pie with the cinammon icecream . I'd return!