Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke
New Executive Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois ”Blue Smoke”

New Executive Chef – Jean-Paul Bourgeois 

Last week was the third time I’ve visited Blue Smoke in within 7 months. Danny Meyer’s empire, Blue Smoke is a well-known BBQ restaurant in Manhattan since 2002. The restaurant is located on 27th Street, between Park Ave & Lexington Ave in Flatiron District. ( Second one is located at 255 Vesey St in Battery City). At my last visit to Blue Smoke Flatiron, I had wonderful lunch with food blogger Gary. Gary run popular BBQ blog called Pig Trip between Boston and New York. Here is his Blue Smoke’s newest review (🐖

Let me start from décor and atmosphere about restaurant. The décor was kind of southern fabulous.  I don’t really know what that means……I meant the decor is more upscale than what you’d see at your usual chicken wings and biscuits restaurant. Between my three visits I sat in a booth downstair ( booth is perfect for three to four peoples ). This two floors big venue has lots of seating and during day main dinning room is nice and sunny. I don’t drink beer and whiskey but BBQ and those drinks just naturally go well together so it only makes sense that Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke has a great draft list and whiskey collection. Cheer ~ 🍻

Now are you ready for a meat feast!?  🍗🐷🍗 Firstable prices are very reasonable, especially after I visited at trendy BBQ join Fette Sau in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! I recommend you to order the Rib Sampler from dinner menu and “Rhapsody in Cue” from lunch menu. My ultimate favorite meat was beef brisket from brisket sampler. For the sides, you HAVE TO get the collard greens and the maple sweet potatoes. They were both so delicious! The cornbread madeleines are pretty cute. They’re bite sized and come with great gravy. Roasted smoke oysters were nice and garlicky. Deviled eggs were spicy so I ate 3/4 but tuome‘s Deviled eggs are still my #1 🐣 Buttermilk Biscuits are done right! I asked chef Jean-Paul his favorite dish and he said Black Pepper Sausage so don’t forget to order it!

The restaurant has named Jean-Paul its new executive chef since March 2014. I had a great time talking to chef Jean-Paul. He was so cool and fun. Even I didn’t have enough knowledge about BBQ, he kindly explained about preparation and ingredients for me. Blue Smoke now uses hickory, oak and maple. The smoker is an Ole Hickory.

Newest addition to Danny Meyer’s empire, Porchlight is now opened and chef Jean-Paul is part of Porchlight team. Click here to read more about chef Jean-Paul


Blue Smoke    116 East 27th St., New York, NY 10016  (212) 447-7733

♥♥♥ $$$

Rhapsody in Cue

Spare Ribs, Pulled Pork, Backyard Chicken, Black Pepper Sausage $28 ♥♥♥

Roasted Oysters smoked 

garlic butter, green onions 16.00 ♥♥♥

Chipotle Chicken Wings

blue cheese dip 12.00 ♥♥♥1/2

Main Dining Room is nice and sunny 🙂

Collard Greens  

with potlikker 8.00 ♥♥♥♥♥

Mash Butternut Squash

with toasted pecan and maple syrup 8.00 ♥♥♥♥1/2

Full rack Kansas city ribs ♥♥♥1/2

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Perfect Casual Business Lunch at Marta


CAPRICCIOSA – Mozzarella, Artichokes, Prosciutto, Olives, Egg $16 ♥♥♥♥


Marta       29 E 29th St (b/t Madison Ave & S Park Ave) NYC  (212) 651-3800
♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥♥1/2 $$$1/2

Marta is Danny Meyer‘s new pizza restaurant at Martha Washington Hotel in Flatiron District. The place opened last last Wednesday, September 10th. I’ve gone here for once dinner and twice lunch recently. My dinner with my friend Anthony was perfect but I now think that Marta is my new favorite business lunch spot! My office is a block from Marta and this place has the perfect atmosphere for a daytime, casual business lunch.


I didn’t realize (or maybe I had too many cocktails at my first dinnertime visit), but in the day I clearly noticed that the crowd is made up of very adult business men with suits & neckties. I was shocked at how soon this new place already became so known. I’m sure a big name like Danny Meyer is well known to more than just foodies.


POLPO – Charred Octopus, Purslane, Cherry Tomatoes, Cranberry Beans $14 ♥♥♥1/2

This place has high ceilings and a classy decor. They also offer excellent service. If you compare the dining room area, the action of the kitchen is very casual. There is an all open kitchen where you can see the casually dressed young chefs with baseball hats and tattoos. The main executive chef is Nick Andere who is also the chef at Malialino. Check out the cute photo below!

Executive Chef / Partner Nick Anderer *\(^_^)/*


I sat at the open kitchen pizza counter and also a dining room table for both lunch and dinner. One thing I wish for is that the counter seat’s wall was clear glass or no wall at all so people can better see the chefs work. Isn’t that the whole point of sitting at an open kitchen counter? Anyway, I still love sitting here and the chefs are all very nice about answering my questions about pizza.  🙂


FUNGHI – Fontina, Hen of the Woods, Red Onion, Thyme $17 ♥♥♥1/2

I have had three different kinds of pizza so far. My favorite pizza is CAPRICCIOSA mozzarella, artichokes, prosciutto, olives, egg and I also enjoyed FUNGHI fontina, hen of the woods, chanterelles, red onion, thyme. Their style of pizza is super super thin crust which is my kind of pizza. Yay! I’ve also had 5 different appetizers and Lamb chops. I think the price point is very reasonable for this hyped-up, big name restaurant.


I’ll admit, pizza is not my favorite…..OMG who said such an awful thing?!?! I know. I know, but I always enjoy the first slice and one slice is all I need to know how many  I need to give. I am definitely giving 4 for the pizza at Marta! #Bam
I recommend for you to come here for lunch or dinner any day of the week! You will probably see me here often during lunch hours Monday – Friday.

ABBACHIO AL FORNO – Grilled Lamb Chops, Spigarello, Peperonata $26 ♥♥♥



Pizza patrolling with Dr Rossi *\(^_^)/*



POLPETTONE DI MACCHERONI – Pasta “Meatball”, Pecorino, Mushrooms, Artichokes, Tomato Sugo $8 ♥♥♥1/2

FIORI DI ZUCCA – Mozzarella, Zucchini Flowers, Anchovy $16 ♥♥♥1/2

SUPPLI ALLA TERRAZZA Green Risotto, Mozzarella $7 ♥♥♥

SALSICCIA Mozzarella, Pork Sausage, Crimini Mushrooms $16 ♥♥♥1/2

CAPRICCIOSA Mozzarella, Artichokes, Prosciutto, Olives, Egg $17 ♥♥♥1/2

ICE CREAM PANINO $7 Salted Chocolate Biscotto, Pistachios, Mascarpone Gelato ♥♥♥

PATATE ALLA CARBONARA • 18 Potatoes, Guanciale, Black Pepper, Pecorino, Egg



MACELLAIO – Mozzarella, Soppressata, Sausage, Guanciale $16 ♥♥♥♥


POLPETTINE DI CONIGLIO – Rabbit Meatballs, Black Olives, Ricotta $12 ♥♥♥1/2



MACELLAIO Mozzarella, Soppressata, Sausage, Guanciale $16 ♥♥♥1/2




RADICCHIO – Treviso, Quinoa, Peaches, Almonds, Ricotta Salata $12 ♥♥♥





CROCHETTE DI PATATE – Potato, Scallion, Mortadella $6 ♥♥1/2


TIRAMISU $5 ♥♥♥1/2




Selfie Time!






Breakfast with Josh A.K.A Foodie Magician


Good Morning with Foodie Magician



Amatriciana • 14 Baked Eggs, Spicy Tomato, Guanciale, Pecorino

Avocado – Whole Grain Toast, Fork Crushed Avocado, Chili Flake, Olio Verde $7 ♥♥♥1/2


Capricciosa – Oven Scrambled Eggs, Artichokes, Olives, Mozzarella di Bufula, Prosciutto $14 ♥♥♥1/2

Funghi – Soft Boiled Eggs, Grilled Mushroom Salad, Parmigiano $14 ♥♥♥





Ps – The Martha Washington Hotel is part of the Chelsea Hotel Group. Did you know this hotel was the first women’s only hotel in NY back in the day?




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