Blue Smoke – Southern smokehouse New York

Staying at the lovely Conrad hotel overlooking the Hudson River at Battery Park (see my river view pics here), we wanted to eat Sunday lunch nearby on the last day of our New York trip.

Blue Smoke, a Southern BBQ smokehouse, just around the corner on Vesey Street was convenient, appealed (as in – when in the U.S., make the most of good American cusine) and served craft beers too.

Ginger crush with thyme + a root beer


From the drinks menu, K had a root beer (tastes like medicine) and I had a ginger crush (ginger beer with orange, lime, soda and thyme – nicely refreshing), followed by a flight of four 5oz beers to share @ $15.00.


Beer flight: Blue Smoke original, Abita turbodog, Lefthand milk stout + other half IPA @ $15.00




Bar: craft beers + a decent wine list


From the Southern lunch menu, we both chose a pit stop: one meat, one side and one sweet for $20.00. Plus an additional meat @ $5.00.

The meat choices were pulled pork, 7 pepper brisket, baby back ribs and backyard chicken (K chose the first two, and I chose the latter two).

The side dish options were mac & cheese, collard greens, sweet potato mash and BBQ baked beans (K chose the first, I chose the last).


7 pepper brisket, pulled pork + mac & cheese



Baby back ribs, backyard chicken + BBQ beans

My ribs and sticky chicken were as good as they look in the photo, as were the barbecue beans. The mac & cheese was well done and K enjoyed the pulled pork and peppered brisket (slightly dry though). The crispy bread was superfluous (and again, a bit dry).

For the ‘sweet’ included in the pit stop, we chose a cookie and a brownie to share. Both arrived in packaging – no frills style, ready to take away.


The verdict: Excellent value @ $25.00 (about £17.00) for such a big meal. Simple but good Southern food, with really good service and a very appealingly furnished interior.


Blue Smoke interior


Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
– Type: Southern American, BBQ, smokehouse
– Address: 255 Vesey St, Battery Park, New York
– Zipcode: NY 10282
– Website + menus: Blue Smoke website
– Photos on flickr: images of Blue Smoke food
– Location: Blue Smoke Battery Park map


Blue Smoke Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Red Dog Saloon – Hoxton

K’s only request for his birthday meal out was that he wanted to be taken to a barbecue/smokehouse kind of place. And somewhere new to us (so, not old fave Bodeans).

Given it was a Friday night and we didn’t want to queue (some of those places don’t take reservations), I selected Red Dog Saloon on Hoxton Square after doing a bit of research.


Carnivore platter – before…

By the time I arrived for our 7pm booking (the restaurant was full) K had already read the menu and fancied the carnivore platter to share @ £22.50 each. So that’s what we ordered, along with Camden IPA @ £5.00 a pint and a bottle of Good Hope Chenin Blanc @ £19.50.

The platter comprised these slow-cooked, sticky blackened meats:
~ brisket
~ pulled pork
~ sausages
~ chicken
~ sticky ribs
Plus four sides to share: we chose BBQ beans, ice-berg wedges with blue cheese sauce, mac cheese + collard greens.

All of these meats were gorgeous but the pulled pork and brisket both stood out as specialities (probably down to the fact that pulled pork is smoked for 16 hours and brisket for 12, both just fall apart and melt in your mouth).


Carnivore platter – after

This was a serious plateful for two and – as we were ready to pop – we left some brisket and chicken (declining a helpfully offered doggy bag). Service was great – speedy, friendly, and our servers were on the ball. We’d definitely go back, and would have the same platter again.

There’s also a branch of Red Dog in Clapham, South West London.


Update Oct 2016:


Red Dog South at Clapham North, visited 2 Oct 2016:


Kansas BBQ at Clapham North


Red Dog menu – as of October 2016


Wing sampler – 12 wings @ £14.50 with three sauces, we chose original buffalo (spicy hot), maple + bacon (interesting, a bit sweet, wouldn’t have again), teriyaki with spring onion + coriander (gorgeous)

Carnivore platter @ £22.95 a head: a selection of slow cooked meats including smoked brisket, pulled pork, jerk chicken, sticky ribs, beef short rib, sausage along with three sides (we chose wedge salad, mac n cheese, sweet potato fries)


Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5 – based on the Shoreditch and Clapham branches
– Type: American, barbecue, smokehouse
– Address: 37 Hoxton Square, London
– Postcode: N1 6NN
– Nearest station: Old Street tube, Shoreditch (Overground)
– Website + menus: Red Dog Saloon website
– Photos on flickr: pics at Red Dog Saloon
– Location: Red Dog Saloon map


Red Dog Saloon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Elephant on the Hill – classy pub food + regular BBQs


Even though the Elephant on the Hill (Lavender Hill) is a pretty large pub, bar staff seem to make a point of welcoming each and every person who comes through the door. I’ve certainly been welcomed with a cheery hello and friendly service each time I’ve been over the past eighteen months or so.

Hiring friendly staff and training them to be forthcoming seems to be their thing – if you don’t want to go up to the bar for every round of drinks, you can rely on attentive table service (and there are plenty of comfy seats, or chairs at tables, where you can relax).

There’s a great selection of beers (including real ales) and wines, and the food menu changes frequently and always looks enticing. Today was the first time we’ve eaten a meal here, having been hooked in a few days ago by the blackboard advertising a royal wedding day barbecue.

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Chef BBQ-ing (behind the hedge!)

Between us we had several Blue Moon beers, a BBQ beef burger (premium beef, very nice too @ £9.50) and a BBQ chicken breast (@ £10.50), with hand cut chips (£3.00) and corn on the cob (£3.00).

This was classy pub food and – as someone who doesn’t have a garden – a treat to have it barbecued.

What a great end to a great day. Can we have more Friday bank holidays please?

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: British
~ Address: 47- 49 Lavender Hill, London
~ Postcode: SW11 5QN
~ Tel: 020 7978 7682
~ Nearest tube station: Clapham Common
~ Website: Elephant on the Hill website
~ Location: Elephant on the Hill map

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