Sun-Mon, 11:30pm-10pm; Tue-Thu, 11:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-midnight
6 at 28th St.
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22nd St. to 32nd St., Third Ave. to Madison Ave.
Forget what the 'cue quibblers say—Blue Smoke is an ingenious Manhattan barbecue joint with a woody barroom full of red-vinyl booths, a skylit dining room, and a hot jazz club downstairs. True, some of the barbecue isn't there yet, but each visit shows improvement, as pit master Kenny Callaghan breaks in those Missouri-made smokers. Salt-and-pepper beef ribs are terrific; so are sides and desserts, and as far as salmon goes, what's the problem? This ain't East Treestump, Texas, after all.Catering
Danny Meyer caters his popular barbecue for those who like to roll up their sleeves and dig in. His "Old Hickory" pits smoke everything from pulled pork, brisket, and vegetable sliders to grilled salmon and Memphis-style baby back ribs.Recommended Dishes
Memphis-style baby back ribs, half rack $15.95/full rack $25.50; pulled pork platter, $18.95; macaroni and cheese, $7.95