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Blue Smoke review

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Blue Smoke review

dkstar1 | Feb 13, 2004 11:52 AM

Here's a review of last night's dinner. I have finally completed the Danny Meyer five-fecta and it ended (not the best choice of words) on a great note. The party was for 8 of us, two more showed up (me being the ninth wheel) and at short notice the staff was pleasant and eager to help us out for the 9:00 reservation. Walking in the door was akin to walking into Artisanal. The smell was pungent but of bbq not cheese. It hit you like a brick, in a good way. The place was packed to the gills with a variety of different people and the decor was simple but with great exposed brick walls. Overall a comfy place and fitting for the owner and style of food. We had a big round table near the back and never felt crushed despite the packed house. Drink orders took awhile to get to us, but once ordered they came quick. I had to eat and run and asked for a separate check with which was not a problem. On to the food...again, ordering took awhile but the food came out quick. The fried bread and chipotle dip was excellent, wish the table had ordered more. I ordered a basic pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and baked beans. The pork was nice and dry but not too dry with just a bit of sauce. I sampled some of the other table sauce and enjoyed them, but wasn't overwhelmed by them. A small chunk of unedible something-or-other was in the sandwich but didn't deter me from finishing everything else. I loved that they gave many slices of pickle (which was just right) with each dish. The slaw was excellent, second only to the Mayrose diner's. The baked beans were very good, but not great. Mac and cheese however was excellent. YUM! Others ordered the Rhapsody in Cue which was a sample of ribs, chicken, pulled pork and a hot link which turned everyone off. It didn't look good and apparently didn't taste great either. The beer menu was very fitting (can't go wrong with an Anchor Steam and BBQ). Overall, a very good NYC BBQ experience. I will most definitely go back for the ribs which looked, smelled and according to friends, tasted excellent (these friends were from Chicago and were impressed). The half rack was too big for my big friend to finish (although I'm sure he did after I left).

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