A while back, I had asked for all sorts of input on a locale for my department's holiday party. I wanted great food and fun. I didn't want a stuffy sit-down or a place that would scare off the more staid among the group. We ultimately chose Blue Smoke. I was iffy about it beforehand, but I have to say that they did a bang-up job.
Unfortunately, I got too lit on knockout blood orange margaritas and specialty beers (Lindemens Peche among them) to recall the food with precision. I do remember, however, that the service was OUTSTANDING--both the catering manager and the waitstaff were incredibly attentive and knowledgable. IMHO, this--and consistency-- are the key reasons why Danny Meyer's restaurants' accolades are well-deserved.
I also remember that the oysters were flavorful, the bbq chips addictive, the St. Louis ribs tasty and tender, the mac and cheese was creamy, and the sticky toffee pudding, well, sticky. I didn't love their pulled pork (I recall someone on this board in the past using the phrase "meat milkshake" to describe it. Perhaps that's what put me off.) In all, you don't go to Blue Smoke for the best bbq in the world, but it certainly is in the "good for what it is" category.
In all, we had 20+ people on the mezzanine, which we had reserved. Some food snobs. Some definitively not. With room to mix and mingle before the meal, and a good variety of liquor and food, everyone walked away happy (and I, happy with a hangover). I'd definitely throw another party there in the future.
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