Blue Smoke & Jazz Standard

Blue Smoke is one of Manhattan’s most unique barbecue restaurants. Flaunting an extensive menu served in a gorgeous wood detailed restaurant upstairs – along with authentic smokers from Missouri – the real treat is the unexpectedly cool jazz club downstairs.

About Blue Smoke & Jazz Standard: Widely credited as the founder of New York City’s barbecue movement, Blue Smoke celebrates the evolving American South while honoring its culinary traditions. Executive Chef Kenny Callaghan’s menu combines homestyle comfort with culinary finesse. You’ll find diverse options such as iced oysters, barbecued mussels, tuna tacos, crispy calamari, devilled eggs, shrimp corn dogs, house made potato chips, chipotle wings, cheddar wafers, pork ravioli and three different salads. Barbecue platters with single boneless meats (brisket, pulled pork, chicken) are configured with sides; all ribs platters and combinations are served meat-only with sides a la carte. The ribs are available by full and half racks and assigned geographic regions: Texas salt and pepper beef ribs, Memphis baby back ribs, Kansas City spare ribs. There’s also a rib sampler with all three and a “Rhapsody in ‘Cue” platter that includes spares, pulled pork, chicken and sausage. There’s also fried chicken, a few seafood dishes, two steaks and standard and veggie burgers. Classic and specialty cocktails, an extensive American craft beer list, bourbon and American wines complete the experience. As Executive Chef, Pitmaster and Partner of Blue Smoke and Jazz Standard, Kenny has pioneered the urban barbecue movement in New York City since opening in 2002. Prior to Blue Smoke and Jazz Standard, Kenny spent eight years at Union Square Cafe where he served as Sous Chef and eventually Executive Sous Chef. Kenny’s professional career began at the Helmsley Palace Hotel, followed by the Russian Tea Room. He graduated from Johnson and Wales in 1988 with an Associates Degree in culinary arts and a Bachelor of Arts in foodservice management. Kenny is Co-Founder of the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party and its sibling event the Big Aspen Barbecue Block Party. The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is one of the nation’s premier barbecue events, with over 125,000 guests attending annually every June. Blue Smoke & Jazz Standard is also part of the Union Square Hospitality Group, run by Danny Meyer.

Distance from the Row NYC hotel: 22 Blocks


  • 116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

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