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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.
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.
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"?
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.