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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!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/07/2005
This place has very good bbq. You can even smell it as soon as you walk in the door. Very good service for very good food.
Posted by cat on 09/30/2005
Blue Smoke serves the best BBQ I have ever had. The pulled pork sandwich is amazing, nice and tasty. The french fries are great too. The menu is very appealing. I can't wait to go back and try another one of their dishes.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/25/2005
If you come here, plan to eat Barbecue. That's what's best. The Kansas City ribs are the best barbecue I've had since I moved to New York. Beware, the portions can be huge. The first time we went my husband and I shared a full rack of KC ribs and a side of greens. (They brought plates so we could share it and acted like this was a common request). We thought that if the ribs were thin like most places, we could manage the full rack between us. But the ribs were so meaty we couldn't finish it. I like the pulled pork too (tried a different time).