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Posted by YankeeFan on 06/29/2006
First, comments on the last couple of reviews: garnish? You want garnish? If you go to a real BBQ joint (I've been to a bunch in KC) they throw the ribs in some butcher paper, on top of some Wonder bread, toss some pickles on top and tape the whole thing up. Thats BBQ. What do you need garnish for?!? As for Blue Smoke being overpriced... for a slab of ribs, it seems comparable to me. You're in NY baby. Even bad rib places here will price a rack at $20+. So while I dont want to call it "overpriced" (unless you label every restaurant in NYC overpriced, in which case everyone will think you're a country bumpkin)... I'll only give it a 3.5 for value... you COULD satisfy your hunger for 1/10th the price. By getting a couple of dirty water hot dogs. Anyway... the KC ribs are always, always good here. Big, meaty and flavored just right. Add a bit of the sweet and spicy sauce from the table, and its just... really gooood. My wife loves the pulled pork. Our kid loves the kids menu, esp the decorate yourself cookie. I even like the fries. And the mac and cheese too. The burger is OK, but you can do better. But come here for the ribs, and you wont be disappointed. Oh, and the service is usually friendly but hurried, because the place is always packed, even at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon. Yes, you do have to flag down your waiter/waitress if you want a refill on you coke. And twice they took away my wife's place while *I* was still working on it (she couldn't finish). But it was an honest mistake and I dont blame them. Just protect the food you are eating off your dinner partner's plate! 8-) Highly Recommended.
Posted by unhappy on 06/16/2006
I'm not getting what people like about this joint. It's overpriced and the barbecue is so-so. The one highlight was the burger. anyway i still love menupages and will keep using it everyday, literally.....
Posted by Bob on 06/14/2006
The best BBQ in New York !!
Posted by NJ on 06/08/2006
Presentation of food was poor. It was just a pile of meat on a plate...no garnish, no greens And the service was not good either. We had to ask for service instead of service coming to us, even to get drinks or condiments. For the price, it shouldn't just be meat, the vegetables were a-la-carte. The Good part was food was tasty & ambiance was fun & casual. I wouldn't go back though.
Posted by Noisiest passenger on 06/07/2006
As a native Texan, I consider myself an expert on barbeque, and I've found Blue Smoke to be the best place to get it here in NYC. I adore the Texas beef ribs, the fries, and that cute pig-shaped cookie in my strawberry sundae dessert. I've consistently found the servers to be attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. The atmosphere is also great. On weekend nights, it can be a bit loud, but I enjoy the lunch hour. I've yet to experience the live jazz on weekends (Sundays, I think), but I'll be checking that out in the future. Blue Smoke is pricey, but worth every cent.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/11/2006
The place had great atmosphere - casual and fun, without the stuffy attutude oh-so-common to NYC. The food was good - the pulled pork and mashed potatoes were a huge hit at the table. I'll def go back.
Posted by photobean on 02/25/2006
This place was pretty packed when we showed up so it was a good thing that we had reservations. My gf somehow coerced me to try the okra stew which to my surprise was quite tasty. Although our entrees were good, (rib sampler and beef brisket), the winning dish of the night was definitely the mac and cheese. It was a baked casserole of cheesy goodness. I cant wait to go back to Blue Smoke for that alone! Service was friendly, but sometimes slow because the restaurant was so busy. Prices were on the moderate to high side.