Blue Smoke: Allergy-Free Dining in NYC
Last night my husband and I ventured to a restaurant that’s been on my list for years, but I haven’t had the chance to visit, Danny Meyers’ Blue Smoke in Battery Park City, NYC. I’d read about the lengths that they take to accommodate diners with allergies, and I must say it was one of the best dining out experiences we’ve ever had. Immediately after being seated we were asked if we had any allergies. After sharing our allergies/restrictions, our server quickly returned with a menu that clearly outlined safe menu items for those who are looking for Vegetarian, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Fish/Shellfish-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free, and Nut-Free dishes. To my husband’s delight, the menu was entirely nut-free, with the exception of a pecan topping on the sweet potato casserole, and the desserts. Heaven!
I usually pass on appetizers since many of them are not gluten-free which means they’re off limits. However, I saw something that immediately caught my eye: Cornbread Madeleines. Typically corn bread isn’t gluten free, but out waitress assured us that these madeleines were made with just corn meal, which is 100% safe for me, and were also nut-free as well!
Let me take a moment to express my love for these cornbread madeleines. They were incredible. Warm, sweet, and a little too easy to eat, we finished them in about three minutes flat. There’s also something magical about eating cornbread in cookie form. Amazing. I’m already plotting when we can return to Blue Smoke and eat them again.
For my main course I ordered the Backyard BBQ Chicken with green salad and the brown butter sweet potato mash (without pecans). The chicken was cooked to perfection, and the brown butter sweet potato mash was incredible. It may not have been the healthiest side dish, but I won’t focus on that!
My husband ordered the baby back ribs with baked beans, fried potato wedges with garlic-lemon mayonnaise dip, and Texas toast. His review? Some of the best ribs he’s ever had. The fried potato wedges were 100x better than french fries, and the baked beans were smoky and not too sweet. Thumbs up!
We were too full for dessert, but the featured pie of the day was Key Lime Pie, my husband’s favorite. We’ll just have to visit again to try a slice! Overall our meal at Blue Smoke was delicious and so enjoyable. I often get nervous when we’re at restaurants that a dish isn’t 100% safe, but I felt confident with the allergy menu that all dishes had been verified regarding what allergens they contained ahead of time. Thank you Blue Smoke for being a safe haven for those with food allergies, we love you.