Blue Smoke / Bond 45 / 5 Points Restaurant
Going to be in the city Sunday for a matinee, looking for somewhere to eat afterwards, kinda got it narrowed down to these three. Any thoughts on one, two or all? Greatly appreciated!
Of the three you list, I've only been to Blue Smoke. In my view, the food's o.k. but nothing to rave about.
I haven't yet managed to get to Daisy May's, but from everything I've heard, sounds to me as though the 'cue served there is superior -- way better than Blue Smoke. It's located on the outskirts of the Theater District, on 11th Av. & 46th St.
You might also want to consider the newly-opened Hill Country BBQ, which is already getting raves. It's at 30 West 26th St.
Blue Smoke is interesting but not necessarily Danny Meyer's best concept. Their BBQ is okay but nothing to write home about.
Bond 45 and 5 Points I hadn't been but the former is the part of the Fireman Group (a la Redeye Grill, Trattoria Del Arte, Brooklyn Diner etc) their food is always solid but a bit unoriginal and usually mass produced.
As for 5 Points, from what I read, would be the most "local" joint serving unpretentious but solid food.
I would go to 5 Points.
i've been to blue smoke, five points, daisy may's but not bond 45 nor hill country. not too sure what your preferences are but i would recommend five points purely on the quality of the food, the service and atmosphere. daisy may's ribs are far superior to blue smoke's ribs (in my opinion) but daisy may is cafeteria-style dining with minimal seating (all communal). however, perhaps this is your preference. anyway, if you want a lovely dining experience, i agree with the others that five points would be your place.
I haven't been to Bond 45 but have been to the other two. In my opinion, neither Blue Smoke nor Five Points offer fabulous or even very good food, but both are solid. In terms of vibe, both are also bustling and fun. I prefer the decor at Five Points, but I think the choice between them really comes down to what kind of food you're in the mood for.