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Posted by Tim from NYC on 06/11/2009
Being a Danny Meyer restaurant, Blue Smoke gets most things right--the atmosphere is smart but not pretentious, the beer list is outstanding, prices are reasonable by New York City standards, and, most importantly, the BBQ is authentic and represents the most important BBQ traditions in the US (Memphis, KC and Texas). However, in the most important aspect--the rack ribs--the restaurant continually comes up short. I've had the KC, Memphis and Texas ribs numerous times, and they suffer from the same shortcoming that all other ribs in the City share: they're dry. Rack ribs should be tender and juicy and fall right off the bone. You can only accomplish this by agonizingly slow cooking, usually 8-10 hours. No NYC rib restaurant, Blue Smoke included, is willing to go through this basic but all-important step to get the ribs perfect. New York is unique in that you can get very good food of all kinds in the city, but even at the most expensive establishments the food--be it sushi, Italian, Chinese, French or BBQ--is never as good as it is at an above-average restaurant in the places where that food originates. While an above average establishment in every way, Blue Smoke is no exception to this unfortunate fact.
Posted by anonymous on 06/10/2009
I've been to a few BBQ places in the city and this one definitely takes the cake. The tables aren't on top of each other, like most of the other restaurants, and it's not too noisy. The Kansas ribs and mac n cheese were really good, and the all side sauces are a nice little something extra. For all of the food (and a beer each), the bill only came to $60, which is pretty reasonable for a solid mean in NYC.
Posted by amy on 06/08/2009
Went here for dinner on Saturday after hearing positive things from many people. Ordered salads, Mac and Cheese, mushrooms, and hush puppies--all really great. Our food took a bit long coming out but honestly we didn't even notice. Right before our food came out the manager came over to our table to apologize and offered us free dessert. So nice! Great ribs and mac and cheese! Will come back again for sure!
Posted by Tracy on 05/03/2009
11pm dinner in NYC ~ couldn't have picked a better place! I've found my new favorite restaurant! Can't wait to go back. The deviled eggs with watercress appetizer was outta this world!
Posted by Stella on 04/30/2009
I just came back from a $400+ client dinner. When the bill came, which was already over the top, I noticed there were itemized olive charges. The restaurant charged us for olives that were in the martinis. I will never go back. I am a New Yorker, and consider myself pretty forgiving, but to have "olive" charges on the bill for all of the martinis is ridiculous and appalling, and I would not recommend Blue Smoke. In addition, I told the waitress that this was unacceptable, and she refused to remove the olive charges from the bill. Too many great restaurants in NYC that serve great food and service, to ever go back.
Posted by Eaglesfan on 04/26/2009
Expensive and the service isn't that great, both points I'll agree with. However, this is great GREAT barbecue. I had the Rib Sampler and the Sweet Potato fries and both were fantastic. I really want to come for the jazz club sometime too. Overall, thumbs up.
Posted by Sarah on 04/21/2009
Mmmmmmeat! A delightful indulgence of perfectly prepared ribs that were remarkably juicy and had just the right amount of sauce is what will bring me back for more. The side of corn bread and baked beans were simply “lick your plate” goodness. This casual ski lodge type atmosphere is charming and comfortable enough to hang out and chat over a second bottle of wine. I look forward to my next dining experience at Blue Smoke. I hope that our knowledgeable and experienced waiter is still there.