255 Vesey St., New York, NY, 10282
nr. North End Ave.
By Amusement on 2/4/2012
Just under 2 weeks since their opening, one can definitely forgive botched orders and less than perfect service. But our first meal at the newly opened branch of Blue Smoke was far worse than the average run of the mill "working out the kinks" restaurant experience. Why? Our horrendous service seemed all the worse while tables around us, full of patrons who were clearly "friendly" with blue smoke staff, were being fawned upon all night. Instead, with only half our food order at the table for nearly twenty minutes, I watched my dinner date nearly finish his entire entree before I could get the attention of my waiter to ask about my meal. Afterwards we spent another 20 minutes talking over empty plates waiting to be cleared before we set them on an adjacent table in frustration. We've been fans of Danny Meyer's restaurants for nearly 20 years- this is the first time we've left one unsatisfied. From a man who considers hospitality paramount....it was a great disappointment. Unless, of course, you're friends of the staff.