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  • Barbecue, Southern & Soul
  • 116 E 27th St, New York NY10016 40.742158 -73.9838259
  • (Btwn Lexington & Park Ave)
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  • (212) 447-7733
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User Ratings (Based on 184 reviews)

3.695
Food 3.8 Value 3.3
Service 3.8 Atmosphere 3.9

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 447-7733
Fax:
fax
(212) 576-2561
Website:
www.bluesmoke.com
Notes:
Major Credit Cards
Hours:
Sun-Mon: 11:30am-10pm Tue-Thu: 11:30am-11pm Fri-Sat: 11:30am-12am
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Group Dining, Kid-friendly, Outdoor Dining, Trendy, Live Entertainment, Gluten Free Items, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Blue Smoke

    Posted by extremely disappointed on 06/10/2008

    extremely disappointed

    my date told me this was the place to go when i said i like bbq. i had heard of it. but the reality was so disappointing, i can't imagine how it got its rep as a good bbq place. we went for lunch. the half rack of ribs was so small, it looked like a stingy quarter rack. some bones had barely any meat, the others had a few bites. i was actually still hungry when i finished. also, the ribs were dry and too peppery. definately not worth the money, or the time.

  • Blue Smoke

    Posted by The St. Louis Irvines on 06/05/2008

    A wonderful surprise!

    Our first night in two years and what a wonderful experience! While the food was good, the service was spectacular! From the front desk to the water people, everyone was wonderful and that added to the whole experience! Would we come back? In a flash. It was so memorable ! Thanks, guys!

  • Blue Smoke

    Posted by rib lover keepin it real on 05/28/2008

    Blowin a lot of smoke

    First off, I'm not going to tell you which BBQ joints are better or how "I'm from the south" so i know what good ribs are BUT there arent really ANY great rib joints in NY/NJ and Blue Smoke is no exception. There are decent rib joints in NY/NJ which fall short of being great. Blue Smoke was absolutely the WORST rib place I've eaten at in NY. When you walk into the place this smokey smell of bad ribs hits you like a punch in the face. I dont understand why places up here think that you need to smoke the heck out of a rib in order for it to be "authentic" southern BBQ. That is such a falsehood. This place takes the tenderness out of the rib by overcooking it to the point where all you are left with are a bunch of dried Slim Jims with BBQ sauce on them. Good ribs are slow cooked and should fall off the bone. This touristy establishment quickly cooks its ribs as if they are on an assembly line leaving you with dried, flavorless, overpriced, tough meat on a plate. The key to good ribs has nothing to do with smokey!! With regards to the service, it was also lackluster. The entire front portion of the place was empty but they decide to cram everyone in the back in tables with about an inch between them! That alone told me what a touristy place this was because no NYer would stand for that. On a busy day i can understand that, but they were not busy and it was a weekday.

  • Blue Smoke

    Posted by hungry5 on 05/23/2008

    sides, sides, and more sides

    Please read this and follow my advice. I know when you read ribs on the menu it is sooo tempting but Blue Smoke is all about the burger and the sides! Remember, Shake Shack lovers, BS has the same owner! Save yourself some $$ and get the burger. It is won-der-ful. Next the chicken wings (hot and smokey), the devil eggs, collard greens, the baked beans (most of the times - they have been undercooked a couple of times i have had it), and last but not least, the ice berg wedge with blue cheese and bacon. These items cannot be beat - wonderful, wonderful, wonderful....

  • Blue Smoke

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/19/2008

    Not Good

    Went here to see what all of the fuss is about... Salad was soggy and just not tasty. Our ribs were just not good tasting as well as the beans and sweet potato fries (huge cut up sweet potatoes with no flavor) were just not tasty at all. The beer selection was the only good thing.

  • Blue Smoke

    Posted by MDL on 05/12/2008

    Friendly but Noisy

    I went here for a weekday lunch on a whim b/c they had outdoor seating....except they didn't have anyone to service the outside area so we wound up sitting inside. It was cramped and got extremely loud as the place filled up. I had the Maryland crab salad which was excellent but so tiny I was starving before we even left the restuarant. My colleague had the ahi tuna which seemed a decent portion. Both were on the pricey side. I also thought the menu was limited but maybe I shouldn't have gone to a BBQ place for lunch (didn't want to eat messy ribs). The servers were very friendly but I don't think I will be going back.

  • Blue Smoke

    Posted by Average Joe on 05/11/2008

    Ribs!!... MMmmm

    I can't say I'm a complete carnivore conoseur but I do like partake now and again. I think the selection was quite decent, from different BBQ sauces to dry rub to pork or beef. I tried the combination platter and was not disappointed. I'm a dry rub pork rib fan myself. The sides were excellent and the staff courteous. Atmosphere could be a little cozier but the place is super clean and nothing but professional. I would definitely recommend stopping in for a bite. I know I will continue to do so.

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