RESTAURANT REVIEW: BLUESMOKE

eating fabulously, restaurant review, christopher stewart, BlueSmoke

Its hard to find actual pit barbecue in the city that never sleeps. I'm talking about barbecue over a open flame, wet or dry ribs, and state crafted barbecue sauces. Living in NYC things are built into each other.... And an open roasting pit built into a restaurant? Not so much a good idea... right? Wrong! Restauranteur Danny Meyer, the man behind Shake Shack, the wildly growing burger cult, has done just this at BlueSmoke, a BBQ restaurant amongst his conglomerate of successful restaurants. I found myself in BlueSmoke for dinner one evening with some cool ladies, and I was excited ( and hungry!) just from viewing the menu beforehand. With words like fry bread, hush puppies, and shrimp corn dogs on the menu, as soon as we were seated, I had my fork an knife ready to taste everything! Surprisingly the drink menu was much larger than the dinner menu was. Food wise let's just say our table was filled to capacity...Read what we ate after the jump! 



eating fabulously, restaurant review, christopher stewart, BlueSmoke
Shrimp-n-Grits 

Here's What We Dined On: 
~Crispy Chili Crusted Calamari w/ Charred Red Peper Mayo 
~Shrimp and Organic Grits, House Smoked Bacon, Sauteed Cremini Mushrooms, Roasted Tomatoes and Scallions 
~Creekstone Farms Texas Beef Brisket, Mashed Potatoes and Crispy Onions 
~Texas Salt and Pepper Beef Ribs 
~Sweet Potato Wedges with Maple Dip 
~Macaroni and Cheese 
~Fry Bread w/ Chipotle Butter 


Dessert:
~Sticky Toffee Pudding w/ Warm Toffee Sauce, Toasted Pecans and Creme Fraiche 
Pie of the Day: Bourbon Pecan Pie 


eating fabulously, restaurant review, christopher stewart, BlueSmoke



One word after a few minutes of complete silence: AMAZING! This food was delicious...literally all of it. The shrimp were perfectly cooked and the roasted tomatoes gave the shrimp and grits a nice new flavor to a old southern classic. The ribs were smokey but tender and the brisket melted in your mouth. The sweet potato wedges were nothing fancy which was a good thing because the natural sweetness of the sweet potato really came through. I didn't particularly care for the mac-n-cheese, although the sauce was very creamy, I am more of a cheesy person(lol) it just didn't stand out to me....but what did stand out for me was the fry bread! These large pillow like pieces of bread were pipping hot, and when pulled apart the doughy texture of the hot bread took my breath away! LAWD! . The chipotle butter melted right into the bread and when combined my life was absolutely complete! I LOVE THIS FRY BREAD! 


Dessert wise, I only had one problem..the creme fraiche is a great idea in replace of the average whipped cream, but the dessert was not sweet enough to play off the tartness of the creme fraiche. This is another GO HERE NOW restaurant and I will be a repeat offender of BlueSmoke! Thanks again Danny Meyer! 





BLUESMOKE 

116E. 27th Street {btwn Park and Lex.} 

New York, N.Y. 10016 

212.447.7733

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