The expression "behind the 8 ball" can apply to many of life's obstacles, from facing a traffic-court judge to accidentally baking your car keys into a pie. Start conquering them all with today's Groupon: for $9, you get $20 worth of classic pub fare and drinks at Blue Cue in Midtown. This Groupon cannot be used for billiards. Like the world, this deal expires January 1, 2011.
Blue Cue decks out its chill atmosphere with a fully stocked bar, the soothing sound of clacking billiard balls, and late-night noshes until 11:30 p.m. Grilled chicken and pineapple skewers ($6) or hot wings with ranch ($6) will grease the throat's slip n' slide for an incoming frisbee of Hawaiian or barbecue pizza ($9.75 each). A blue bacon burger, topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and blue cheese ($8.75) keeps one hand free to signal another pint from the barkeep while the other two chalk up a pool cue. Hungry hustlers, meanwhile, can use the packed protein power of the BLT ($5) to subtly lift the pool table with their pinkie finger during an opponent’s shots. Throughout the evening, Blue Cue's bartenders will be on-hand to capture a thundering waterfall of premium or domestic draft beer inside a glass or to conjure a cocktail out of thin air.
Brick walls and exposed beams contrast with parquet floors and cozy white couches to give Blue Cue an edgy yet upscale look, like a mohawk on Cary Grant. A live DJ keeps the energy high on Friday and Saturday with a steady soundtrack of top hits. Fantasy-football fanatics, meanwhile, can keep up on the latest trades, scores, and elf quests with free WiFi and seven plasma TVs tuned to NFL Sunday Ticket.
Yelpers gave Blue Cue an average of three stars, but now that it's under new ownership, here's what reviewers have to say of the recent changes:
- I can clearly see why Blue Cue is becoming a hot spot. The great atmosphere and excellent staff are key to this place. – Paul J.
- This place is great! The new owner, Dominic, has changed things for the better. The food is tasty, drink specials are unbeatable and the setting is beyond nice. You would be crazy not to love the new and improved Blue Cue! – Cali G.
If Blue Cue doesn't look like a typical pool hall, that's because it isn't. The billiards spot doubles as a restaurant, and nearly everything about it—from the bright blue pool tables to the sleek couches propped against exposed-brick walls—contributes to an atmosphere that's classy and upscale without being pretentious. That atmosphere carries over to a menu of comfort foods headlined by charbroiled burgers, hot dogs, and New York-style pizzas. Pair any of the above with a drink from the bar, such as a draft of seasonal Sierra Nevada or signature blue island punch.