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Posted by Anonymous on 08/30/2008
we walked in so we had to wait about 30 min. at the bar so we had a few drinks. Blue smoke lager was really nice. We were seated upstaris which was nice. Sevice was good. Had the wings special which were great. Had the burger which was also decent, collard greens which were good, baked beans which were undercooked and bland and pulled pork. I was not very impressed with the food at all. Aside from decent wings and burger that were overpriced, the pulled pork lacked moisture and was overcooked, the bbq sauce choice isnt good and the food was cold. There are much better options for much better BBQ all over the area. Not worth the $ at all.
Posted by Yanks07 on 08/15/2008
I think this is one of the best rib places in NYC. I was at Blue Smoke with a few colleagues and we had a great time. I would skip the startes and go straight tot the ribs and sides. I liked the variety in the sampler and the mac & cheese was great. Sweet potato fries are also a great choice. I would recommend and go back.
Posted by Ella on 08/06/2008
Do not believe what you read. The ribs here are awesome. I suggest the ribs sampler (for one or two depending on who you go with). The beef ribs were my favorite. The mac & cheese and corn bread are also great. Try to get here around 6 and you will have a nice peaceful dinner. Any time after that and the place gets pretty crowded.
Posted by Sophie From Boonton on 08/04/2008
Waitstaff very friendly and helpful. Nice atmostphere. Ribs - They were not dried out, as others said...they were a nice sized portion (1/2 rack, 5 big ribs)...but, nothing special...maybe it was the sauce, which didn't do it for me. And for the cost, there should have been at least one side dish included. Sweet Potato fries very good, beans could have been cooked more and they would have been excellent, pasta in mac & cheese could have been cooked more (but the sauce was quite yummy). Desserts (sampler) very very good, but tiny potions on 3 out of the 5, hard to share for group of 4. Hubbys brisket sandwich was pretty small (again, no side).
Posted by Anonymous on 08/02/2008
I went to Blue Smoke last night for the first time, even though I have never heard better than average reviews. The one thing I can confirm is that the ribs are not good. Knowing that everyone told me not to get them, we ordered a side of the beef ribs, and they may have been the worst I ever had. It is funny that a BBQ place doesnt have good ribs. Other than that, I actually thought everything else was pretty good. I highly recommend the Chipolte Wings as an appetizer. The brisket was pretty solid as well. I would give this place another shot, just be sure not to order the beef ribs, and you will be fine
Posted by Anonymous on 07/27/2008
The ribs and pulled pork were dry and chewy. However, the side dishes were great: mashed potatoes, slaw, and mac/cheese. The service, as with every other Danny Meyer restaurant, was fantastic, but it really didn't make the meal better. I want to believe that I'd give it another try and get the burger the next time, but honestly don't think I want to risk getting another plate of tough meat.
Posted by Midtown Eater on 06/14/2008
Those criticizing the ribs aren't wrong the ribs are oversmoked and kind of dry. However, most other items at Blue Smoke are very good to excellent. The brisket, for example, benefits greatly from the place's tendency to oversmoke the meats. It too can be a little on the dry side, but I like the smokey, full flavor of the brisket and a bit of BBQ sauce takes care of any dryness issues. Burgers are excellent, as are most sides. And the Mac-n-cheese is the best I've head in NYC. I like the stainless steel look of the interior and the staff is friendly, eager to get everything right and all-around great.