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Posted by NYCFoodieChick on 07/17/2010
I don't get some of the lukewarm and negative reviews here. Blue Smoke is fantastic whether you are on a date night with the hubby or celebrating with the whole family. We have always had a great experience and enjoyed the food here. The hosts are pleasant and accommodating. The waitstaff are knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable with enough space for everyone. The food is tasty and there's always plenty leftover for doggie-bags. I highly recommend the deviled eggs, hush puppies, brisket, ribs, sugar snap peas (in season), and mashed potatoes. If you are of age, wash it down with a Lynchburg Lemonade. Those are my favorites. But you MUST save room for dessert. Their pastry chef, (Jennifer Giblin), has secured her place in Heaven with her chocolate layer cake. Simply divine! If you are lucky and the menu includes the Fluffer Nutter Sundae, go for it! You know the famous deli scene in "When Harry Met Sally"?, that's what it feels like to eat this sundae.
Posted by MAXIMILIAN on 05/25/2010
There is no question that this Bar-B-Que place is overrated. For a long time the city lacked a lot of quality Bar-B-Que places, so this seemed more like a glass of water in the desert when it first came around. It's OK, but it's really not that great. If you have the time, take a trip to some of the other Bar-B-Que places tucked away in the corners of this great city. We still don't have a lot of Que to choose from, but if you ask around, you'll get some opinions from people and you may find that this pops up pretty low on the list.
Posted by delg23 on 05/14/2010
Being from the south, I found this place to be highly overrated. The food was bland. I'm used to getting WAAAY better bbq for 1/3 of the price. Personally, I like Brother Jimmy's better!!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/18/2010
anybody on here who is bashing blue smoke has obviously suffered some serious head trauma. My Gf and I just got back from there and wanted to see if anybody actually has the audacity to say negative things about some of the worlds greatest food. the food is both inventive and soulful. I've had every single side on the menu and they are all delicious, some of course are better than others. The ribs and the fried chicken are some of NYC's finest. Don't listen to the haters, Blue Smoke is orally orgasmic.
Posted by Disgruntled guest on 03/20/2010
Ordered the Chicken Fried Sirloin and received what looked like 2 small chicken strips. The biscuit that came with it was literally bigger than the Sirloin. And for $24.00 for the meal these people and anyone else who goes here has no idea what a good meal is.
Posted by cbg on 02/18/2010
The incredible scent of BBQ surrounds you as soon as you enter. Great oysters (not too big), tender and delicious ribs, attentive staff and a nice atmosphere. Not inexpensive—but worth it. Have also thoroughly enjoyed a downstairs meal and show at the Jazz Standard. Have racked(!) up a lot of nice memories in this joint(!) & plan on going back for more.
Posted by culinary critic on 10/29/2009
Went to Blue Smoke a couple weekends ago with a friend after hearing it had good bbq. Restaurant space was big enough and staff was friendly. Seems like it gets a bit crowded downstairs so was happy to be seated in upper seating area. Started off with a lynchburg lemonade which had a good amount of spirits and sweetness while my friend had love for sale but she said she's had better. Skipped an appetizer and moved directly to the main course. Price was a bit up there especially since it doesn't come with sides but because I wanted to try a bit of everything I ordered the rhapsody in ’cue and my friend had the rib sampler. We decided to share a few sides - mac n' cheese, coleslaw and collard greens. For my plate, the sausage was tasty but you get about half a link. Been to a few bbq places that fail to put even a minuscule amount of salt and pepper on their meats so I was thankful that at least here the chicken, ribs and pulled pork had seasoning. Even though it had good flavor I didn't think it was extra special and I wouldn't consider it the best bbq I've ever had. My friend thought her ribs were just okay as well. The mac n' cheese had a very thick sauce which gave a peanut butter like consistency in your mouth. The slaw is vinegar based and I mean vinegar based. This was the first time I had to pucker while eating coleslaw. Collards had no flavor and the leaves were left whole. Never seen that before. I must say though that dessert was really good. I had the sticky toffee pudding which was warm and yummy and I sampled my friends pear and cranberry crisp which had a tasty crumb topping and crisp fruit. Overall, there were some hits and misses. Bbq meats weren't anything to right home about (wasn't the worst nor the greatest) and the sides had some faults as well but they redeemed themselves somewhat with my cocktail and dessert. Since it wasn't a horrible experience I'll probably give Blue Smoke one more try and sample other sides and entrees.