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Blue Smoke - what a joke

sam_1 | Dec 8, 2009 08:10 AM

Ok, so I realize that this restaurant isn't exactly the epitome of fine dining in Manhattan...but we were looking for a place we could walk in late on a Sunday night (visiting from Toronto). There seemed to be some decent recommendations for this place, so we thought we'd give it a try.

In one word, I would describe this place as TERRIBLE. We waited about 1/2 hr, which is what the hostess said the wait would be (no issues there). Our waiter was rude from the start, and not just a little condescending. When I ordered a glass of wine, he mistook my selection and said "that's a rose, just so you know". If I had actually ordered the wine he had thought I had, he was assuming that I couldn't read - obviously it was clearly listed as a rose. I chose a syrah, which was unavailable. He then had the bright idea that I try the pinot noir, because "it's similar to shiraz" - WHAT? You don't understand wine - fine. But you should have a basic understanding of your list, and not make recommendations when you have no idea.

Our food came. We had an order of the hush puppies - raw inside and served with a sickly sweet sauce. Fine, moving on. Then came the mains - full rack of KC spareribs with a side of collard greens, and the pulled pork platter. First the ribs - extremely tough, difficult to eat. I think I got through about three before giving up. Greens were ok, but barely lukewarm. The pulled pork was dry, and came with some truly horrific beans (canned?) that were also lukewarm.

We opted out of dessert, but were ordering more drinks. Our wannabe hipster waiter then unceremoniously dropped the bill (check) on our table with not so much as a thank you.

I know this place is only mentioned occasionally on this board, but I guess I wanted to give a heads-up to other visitors etc who may be considering trying it. Stay away!

(BTW we had the pulled pork sandwiches at RUB and they were FANTASTIC).

Blue Smoke
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

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