Buttery biscuits & pulled pork

Buttery biscuits & pulled pork

“Thank goodness I’m not a vegetarian. Then I wouldn’t be able to just eat a plate of meat like this.”

If you’re a carnivore looking for a plate of [delicious] meat, I suggest you scurry over to Blue Smoke. A southern joint named after “the curl of blue smoke that rises out of perfectly smoked meat,” you will not leave this place hungry. When you walk into Blue Smoke you’ll see a door leading to the restaurant and one that leads downstairs… DSC02150 I saw a lot of people come in and just head straight to the JAZZ door so of course I was intrigued and ventured down to explore while I waited for Chelsea. I found out that Jazz Standard is a music venue which serves Blue Smoke cuisine — you have to pay a cover for the show and make reservations in advance.

Jazz Standard.

Pretty cool, right? Upwards and onwards now to the FOOD… I went with the pulled pork…literally a plate of PULLED PORK. Tender, tasty, totally-not-vegetarian. HOWEVER. It was served with two slices of bread that appeared to be topped with something; it almost looked like vinegar. I couldn’t decipher the flavor, but told Chelsea it tasted familiar and asked her to try it.

“Grease. It just tastes like grilled bread with grease. Yeah. Grease.” – Chelsea

Ah grease. Hence the sense of familiarity of it. Anyways, that was slightly off-putting and I stayed away from the bread. But I didn’t come for the bread. I came for the meat.  

Pulled pork, four pickles and some sketchy bread.

Chelsea was torn between the chicken & biscuits and the pastalaya (smoked chicken, homemade andouille sausage, orecchiette, trinity). Trinity is the base of Cajun cooking: onions, bell peppers and celery. (Thanks Google!) Our waitress recommended the chicken & biscuits, claiming it may be the best chicken she’s had in all of NYC so naturally Chels went with that. Pastalayaseeyalater.

Chicken & Biscuits!
Chicken & Biscuits!

The biscuits were BUTTERY and delicious. Chicken was a mix of dark and white meat – really crispy and tasty. Chelsea says Root & Bone’s C&B dish is better though.

We also shared an order of steak fries with garlic-lemon mayonnaise. The crispy ones were the best.

Steak Fries!
Steak Fries!

Overall, a thumbs up for Blue Smoke y’all. Oh, the folks next to us got an order of the cornbread madeleines which I’d have to recommend just based off of the second-hand delicious smell of them. You’re welcome.


Spread kindness and cheer, xo



I keep a hand-written planner because I’m one of  THOSE people…I still enjoy paper books and writing letters. Anyways, in my planner I have a running list of food places I want to visit and places I’ve already visited with a few notes next to each, like: “truffle fries – yum!” and “affordable!” and “cute dog photos!”

Alice’s Tea Cup – no tea for me, obvs — but the scones were absolutely DELICIOUS.

Alloro – 307 E. 77th St. – eggplant parm

[Update: Alloro has since closed its doors! Chef Salvatore has returned to his first restaurant, Cacio e Pepe, which I’ll have to try next!]

Andy’s Deli – 73rd and Amsterdam – one of the best deli’s I’ve come across

Arlington Club – UES – great service, juicy burgers, pretty interior

B. Cafe – 240 E. 75th St. – mussels!

Bocca di Bacco – 54th and 9th Ave. – Italian, great staff/food

Blue Smoke – Southern – Pulled pork!!

Blue Water Grille – 31 Union Sq. – Seafood Cobb Salad!

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain – 513 Henry St. – “amazing-sauce

Burke & Wills – UWS – Australian Cuisine, Kangaroo Burgers!

Butter – Midtown – Iron Chef Guarnaschelli’s restaurant. $17 cocktails…not cheap, but def an excellent “treat yoself” spot!

Cafe Lalo – 201 W 83rd St – ‘You’ve Got Mail’ filmed a scene here…really great desserts!

Clinton St. Baking Co. – overrated pancakes, not worth the two hour wait…

Cocoa Bar – Lower East Side, right across from the Clinton St. Baking Co. – wonderfully nice staff, unique/delicious hot chocolate blends – options to spike them as well!

Doughnut Plant  – 220 W 23rd St. – pistachio – light, fluffy, good BUT the Brooklyn blackout oh my dear lord delicious

Earth Cafe – Broadway and 98th St. – just an adorably adorable cafe

Fred’s – 476 Amsterdam – Mushroom ravioli and DOG PHOTOS!

Hotel Chantelle – 92 Ludlow St. – fish tacos, truffle tots, pricey but yum-tastic

Il Carolla Trattoria – 176 Prince St. – chicken liver! yummy pasta! affordable!

Jack Doyle’s Irish Bar – 35th St. – chicken pot pie with REAL chicken!

Jacob’s Pickles – Upper West Side – chicken and pancakes AND free coffee refills!

L.A. Burdick – 20th and 5th Ave – best hot chocolate!

La Maison Du Macaron – 23rd and 7th Ave – hands down best macarons in NYC.

Levain Bakery – 74th and Amsterdam – hellllllloooooooo large cookie deliciousness

McGee’s Pub – 240 W 55th St. – The ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Bar

Mel’s Burger Bar – 111 st. and Broadway Ave – good burgers, better shakes

Muffins Cafe – 222 Columbus Ave. – UWS – they have a wonderful lemon-raspberry pound cake I’m obsessed with. two of my favorite flavors. yum yum yum

Otto’s Tacos – fresh, cheap, delicious tacos – can be found in both the East and West villages.

Peacefood Cafe – 83rd and Amsterdam – All Vegan..and good!

Queen’s Comfort – Astoria – atomic mac and cheese balls are a MUST.

Robert Restaurant at Columbus Circle – so fancy. wonderful views. had one drink and was poor.

Root & Bone – Southern, East Village. Cute decor, good eats.

Rosa Mexicano – Union Square – delicious guac/fresh chips – plentiful portions!

Sarabeth’s West – 423 Amsterdam Ave. – lemon ricotta pancakes, four flowers juice, farmer’s omelette, crab cake eggs Benedict — yum

Silver Moon Bakery – 105 st and Broadway – lovely little bakery, everything is FRESH fresh fresh fresh – delicious varieties of quiche and chocolate chip brioche oh my golly gosh yum

Southern Hospitality – 645 9th Ave. – great southern brunch

The Cinnamon Snail – Vegan Food Truck – delicious donuts

The City Bakery –  3 W18th St. – known for wonderful hot chocolate

The Smith – 63rd and Broadway – cavatelli! grilled shrimp/grits! so so good

The Sparrow Tavern – Astoria – featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives – so good.

Tom’s Restaurant – 112 St. and Broadway – THE SEINFELD DINER!!! – Ridiculously large milkshakes = heavenly/enough for five meals

Two Little Red Hens Bakery – 2nd Ave b/w 85 and 86 St. – SO GOOD. cupcakes!!

UVA – 1486 2nd Ave. – Good mushroom ravioli

Zio Ristorante – 17 W 19th St. – filet mignon in blueberry sauce – yum!