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Published May 2nd 2012
For a hip and swanky restaurant to hang out with friends or co-workers after a stressful day, head over to Blue Smoke, brought to fruition by acclaimed restaurateur, Danny Meyer. Anyone seeking a trendy place to unwind with drinks while enjoying mouthwatering pit barbecue can stop by its two locations in Manhattan—one in the Flatiron District, and the other in Battery Park City.

Blue Smoke offers two locations in Manhattan. Photos show Battery Park City branch at 255 Vesey Street (between West Street & North End Avenue).

Should you need to wait for your table, sit at one of the stools at the bar, and chat it up with your friends. Start a tab—get your evening going with some snacks, such as iced oysters or warm barbecue chips and dip. Add your favorite tap beer, cocktails or wine as you watch the latest game, while snazzy jazz tunes fill the air.

Start your visit with some drinks with your group.

Check out the menu for snacks or drinks.

Once you're seated, bask in a vibrant, softly lit venue where logs are stacked and line one of the dining area walls—adding to the essence of a special barbecue restaurant. Enjoy the mouthwatering menu items created by executive chef and pitmaster, Kenny Callaghan, and his staff.

Stacked logs along the wall add to the barbecue experience.

Delicious chicken wings

Sheer goodness via a sampler plate of tender ribs for one.

Blue Smoke Burger with house-cured bacon and bleu cheese, plus a side of fries

While all the food items are quite flavorful, if you're feeling adventurous, you may want to add some condiments, such as their hot sauce, salt, barbecue sauce and ketchup—all sitting on each tabletop. And, who can resist a sprinkling of Blue Smoke's dry rub, which is called "Magic Dust"?

Sprinkle some Magic Dust on your barbecue fare.

For some nonalcoholic beverage options, try some refreshing iced ginger beer or Fitz root beer.

Sip a glass of ginger root.

Enjoy your Fitz root beer.

Whether you're with some business colleagues, or on a date with your special someone or out with the family—relax and enjoy your easy-going setting where jackets aren't required, but trendy and fun are part of the scene. Even their coasters are lighthearted and great conversation starters.

What does your coaster say? Strike up a conversation.

Aside from delicious meals, the lively professional staffers enhance the dining experience. Whether you stopped by for lunch or dinner—you'll leave feeling a tad bit happier and relaxed.
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Why? Unwind at an acclaimed venue with great barbecue and relaxing ambience.
When: Open daily. Store hours vary by location. Check website for details.
Where: 255 Vesey Street (between West Street & North End Avenue); 116 East 27th Street (between Park & Lexington)
Cost: Prices vary.
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