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“Best BBQ in Manhattan” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke
116 E 27th Street, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10016
212-447-6058
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Ranked #547 of 11,765 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $21 - $40
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Park and Lexington
Transit: Subway line: 6 to 28th Street and Park Avenue South
Description: Jazz Standard offers guests a wide variety of world class jazz complemented by Blue Smoke barbecue in an intimate room with great sightlines and sound.
Montreal
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Best BBQ in Manhattan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Where to start? This is my fifth trip to Blue Smoke and this time I was with my wife and the kids. Ordered a lot...and got comped a couple of items; always appreciated. Everything was great. A great surprise was the Mac & Cheese, simply succulent. Service was A1no surprise as this is a Danny Meyer establishment.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“If you visit New York with children, you MUST eat at Blue Smoke.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

A fantastic bbq restaurant that gets an A+ in food and service.
Blue Smoke understands that parents dining with their kid (s) will stay longer, spend more and return often if their children are happy! My husband and I took our son to NYC for his 7th birthday and ate here for dinner. Me and hubby loved the sweet potatoe wedges, coleslaw, pulled pork, smoked chicken and amazing mashed potatoes. While our picky little one devoured his grilled cheese and fries. He was also delighted to decorate a pig cookie, which they bake while you eat dinner, and to receive some pre-dinner activities at his place setting.
The wait staff were all excellent and friendly, and the ambiance is relaxing with jazz music playing and lights dimmed.
All three of us loved Blue Smoke from start till finish and we can't wait till they expand to MA!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“What a great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

There is not one thing that we could fault about Blue Smoke
The rib sampler was mouth watering and so well cooked, and that flavour. Finger licking
The service was polite and fast even though the place was packed. Our waitress was lovely
We are so pleased Blue Smoke was recommended to us as to miss these ribs would be a terrible shame
This will be a lasting memory of NZyC

Visited May 2013
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Lancaster, PA
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Best Southern Food North of the Mason Dixon Line”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

First of all, the service is excellent and the atmosphere casual, as one would expect in a BBQ-Jazz joint. We arrived earlier than our reservation time and were seated immediately. Our server struck just the right note between being attentive and allowing us time to enjoy each other and our meal.

I'm a huge fan of good chicken fried steak and this one beat out my own recipe by a mile. Maybe two. NY strip steak pounded thin, then dipped in a milk-egg-Tabasco wash and a well-seasoned flour blend, perfectly cooked: lots of crispy crunchy crust and tender, flavorful steak. OMG!! J ordered the smoked ribs, pork and chicken and it was delicious.

Whatever you order, expect it to be wonderful, expect to overeat, and expect to dream about it later.

Our only regret was that we were there on a night when they didn't have live jazz upstairs - that would sure add to the experience.

Visited May 2013
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Atlanta, GA
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106 reviews 106 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Awesome BBQ and Great Customer Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Wow, what a great experience. We visited the Battery Park location on Memorial Day. The service was fantastic. They actually brought a cookie for my son to decorate that they baked while we ate. So cool. I highly recommend Jackie's Fry Bread. This came recommended by our server and she did not lead us astray. So amazingly good. The pulled work was amazing. My husband had the Apple-Wood Smoked Chicken. It was so tender. We had the fries and Mac and Cheese as a side. Both were good as well. The Mac and Cheese had an interesting smoked flavor. I liked it but it was my lease favorite. The ambiance is good also. Try it, you will love it!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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