Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke and Jazz Standard
116 East 27th Street
New York, N.Y.  10016
between Park and Lexington

Blue Smoke never disappoints.  No matter what kind of Bar-B-Que your in the mood for they can fill the bill.  This is a Danny Meyer restaurant and lives up to the high standard and quality his restaurants are known for. (See Union Square Cafe or Gramercy Tavern) And he is a driving force behind the Big Apple Bar-B-Que block party held in Madison Square Park every June.  So you know he knows his Que.  And Blue Smoke has a gluten free menu - always a bonus for me.

We started with appetizers.  Annie ordered fried pork ravioli and I had a garden salad.  The ravioli came out crisp with just the right amount of sauce.  My lightly dressed salad was fresh and full of salad veggies.  Two yums! 

Baby Back
Saint Louis
Annie ordered the juicy, sauce slathered saint louis ribs and I ordered the tender, dry rubbed baby back ribs.  Sides of collard greens, mashed potatoes and vinegar coleslaw; we were in hog heaven.  The saint louis style are juicier and well marbled.  The baby backs are leaner.  Several sauces are on the table, all are good.  They are even available for you to take home.  I have their rub sitting on my spice rack right now.
Vinegar slaw on top and collard greens on the bottom.
Being full we skipped dessert.
A full wine, beer and cocktail menu rounds things out perfectly. 
There is a separate jazz performance venue downstairs but you'll never hear it unless you venture down there.  The restaurant can get crowded and they do take reservations.  Good place for special occasion dinners for family or just dinner for two friends.  This is my son's favorite birthday place.

Bottom line -
Dinner including 2 appetizers, 2 half racks, 3 sides, soft drinks, wine and tip was $102.00
Would I eat there again - oh yes and yes.

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