My ongoing quest to find the best way to barbecue ribs took a dramatic turn last week with the discovery of Blue Smoke on East 27th Street. Their sampler plate makes it easy to taste the variation in regional styles, but enticed by the fabulous smokey smells that greeted our arrival, we just ordered half racks of everything. The place is classic American country, with wooden booths and bar, and lots of friendly people. I went with my Australian visitors, including Gabby the Guide Dog, and we were welcomed like old friends. Gabby had 3 separate waiters come and offer her water, while we the people were treated to Kansas City Spareribs, Memphis baby Back Ribs and Texas Salt & Pepper Beef Ribs. Delicious! Thick, juicy and flavorsome. Best of all, you add your own sauce to taste, which made for a much more gourmet experience. The ribs were so good it was hard to get a decent shot before they disappeared – I guess I’ll have to go back and try again…..
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Nice! One of my favorite restaurants in NYC. The incredible food aside, if you go downstairs to the Jazz Standard, which shares a menu and a kitchen with Blue Smoke, they have great nightly music. Barbeque and jazz: what more could you ask for?