Where to Eat

Ayza & Blue Smoke

I love trying new places and finding new dishes from old faves for good food. And I figured, hey why not share my experiences.

Restaurant Name: Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar
Location: 11 W31st Street (Btwn 5th & Broadway)
Price Range: $$-$$$
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Extras: They gave us a free shot of warm wine to start off the meal; a great way to promote their liquor and please the customers – so kudos to them for that! But I have to admit that I wasn’t crazy about how it tasted, I took a sip and let the rest go to waste.

My Experience: I came here for lunch the other day and they have an amazing prix fixe menu. $9.95 for a side dish + entrée. It was definitely a cheap find for the neighborhood. But it’s the AMAZING food that gives this place two thumbs up. I ordered the hummus side with a pulled pork panini. The hummus was delicious; the bread that came with it was perfectly baked crisp on the outside and soft on the inside; not to mention that it brings out the garlic-y flavor of the hummus. The panini was W-O-W. It had just the right amount of meat, thinly layered but boy was it jam-packed with flavor! By far one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in a long time. To top it off, they had a salad that came on the side that was sweet and tangy with almonds and just the right amount of dressing. Not sure what the dressing was, but it’s GOOD! I would also have to say that the portion size is perfect – not too much and definitely not too little.

Restaurant Name: Blue Smoke
Location: 116 E27th Street (btwn Park & Lex)
Price Range: $$$
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Extras: They have a jazz lounge downstairs and have shows regularly. A great spot to enjoy some music with a group of friends or even a date.

My experience: This was my second time here. The first time (about 2 yrs ago) I had the baby back ribs and let me tell you, the meat just falls right off the bones! And that’s the way it’s supposed to be. When I went again the other week, I ordered the Low Country Shrimp Burger. It was different but full of flavor and delish. The side salad with pecans and apples had a kick of spice to it that made it unique and hard to not eat. We also ordered a side of Sweet Potato Fries with maple dip – and OMG, these were the biggest sweet potato wedges I ever had! It literally looked like they sliced the entire potato in just fours. It made them that much better and the maple syrup complemented it well.

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One thought on “Ayza & Blue Smoke

  1. okay, hi – i want all this now, hahaha. i’ve been wanting to try that restaurant foreverrrrr! wine and chocolate?? genius!! lol

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