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Posted by Ash on 11/29/2005
The place looks like typical bar restaurant, has dark interior, wooden tables and chairs. Good crowd. Menu is limited, def not for vegetarians. Service is typical college student waiter/waitress. I had the shrimp salad, it was good.
Posted by needfood on 11/22/2005
I read all the reviews and i just don't get it. This place has nothing to do with real bbq. the food is sub par at best. The only thing this place has going for it is Danny Meyer's reputation. There is much better to be had...
Posted by Shmu on 11/10/2005
Great barbaque, ribs fell right off the bone and the buffalo wings were great. Place had a great feel to it and had a true bbq feel in the atmosphere. Recommend highly.
Posted by BBQ Fan on 11/07/2005
I've tried almost all of the "famous" rib places in NYC, from the low end (Dallas BBQ) to the high end (Virgil's) and NONE of them come close to Blue Smoke (Waterfront Ale is second, I think) when it comes to ribs. They have several varieties, after trying each of them multiple times, the KC ribs rate as the best. Meaty and cooked just right every time. My only two complaints: (1) when you order takeout, the food seems to be of a lower standard. I've done takeout twice (eating with 20 minutes of leaving the restaurant) and both times the ribs seems less meaty and less tasty. (2) They dont have brown gravy for the mashed potatoes. As for the previous reviewers who say the food is not as good as advertised, maybe they were referring to the non-rib dishes, which I have not bothered to try yet. And as for it being overpriced...? It's Manhattan. Show me another rib place of equal quality for a lower price and I'll go there. I've searched and searched, and found ... none.
Posted by Keann11580 on 11/04/2005
This was the best BBQ I had ever had. The Food was very tasty the service was good also. The atmosphere was great. I loved the fact that they placed metal tin cans on each table to dicarded bones in. The buffalo wings are a must try...
Posted by BBQLUVR on 10/24/2005
Although the KC Ribs, Beef Ribs, Brisket and Fry Bread were quite tasty, my party of 5 was not impressed with the overall dinner. Generally, the portions (too small) did not match the price (too high). The appetizers were skimpy considering their price. The hamburger was not good. The much touted sweet potato fries were not at all what I expected, instead they were just oversized strips of not-all-the-way-cooked sweet potatoes. The chocolate cake had butter cream for icing rather than fudge. The cocktails were watered down. One person in my party was told the blue cheese strip steak was no longer being cooked at 11:00 pm on a Saturday. And to really add insult to injury, not a single one of the 6 or so left-over ribs made it into our take-out bag despite us having asked. Sure, the service was polite, but the staff of Calvin Klein model wannabies did not make up for the portions or the price. Bottom line: true BBQ lovers are better off with the food, portions and price elsewhere. Moral of the story: don't visit a restaurant just because it appears on the Food Network.
Posted by Stevie L. on 10/14/2005
If you can't get BBQ like this in Texas-then why go. It was fantastic. I did my research from menupages and other places and came up with a great meal for four - even the waiter noticed we ordered the best stuff in the house. Kansas City ribs, Brisket (marbled), Pulled pork platter, sweet potato fries (a must), collard greens, baked beans, chocolate cake. Happening place and doesn't break the bank. Don't listen to early bad reviews - this place is smokin - a can't miss-promise!