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Posted by Suzanne on 11/13/2011
The space where Blue Caravan is located has had many names and menus over the years and perhaps that is why many locals have not been frequenting it. This is a mistake. We had dinner there last night and the food was wonderful! We had two of the Moroccan dishes and the rack of lamb - the Moroccan fish dish was outstanding. The portions were generous and the spices were just right. The bread basket featured two types of fresh, hot bread and instead of standard butter/olive oil, it was served with a tasty olive tapenade. The wine list was not extensive but reasonably priced and we were happy with our selection. The service was fabulous. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. The setting is lovely - it is simply a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere. There was live jazz which enhanced but did not intrude on the dining experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant and will certainly be returning myself. I hope the locals discover this place and make it into the success it deserves to be.
Posted by Melody on 10/15/2011
Somebody suggested this place to me. I decided to finally give it try. the food over all fantastic. its just fresh and healthy. we have got a variety of appetizers, they come all tasty . the main course was delicious. the only bad note is the kitchen bit slow. besides that everything is perfect. we go back. i think we found the right place for winter... we heard that they will add Moroccan cuisine very soon. eager to try it. we will comeback.
Posted by David on 10/12/2011
I went to Blue Caravan for a date night with my girlfriend this past weekend. The menu online looked great and we were both excited. We're foodies, and love a good meal. My experience was disappointing and ruined our evening. It started with a 10 minute gap between being offered water and our waitress taking our order, without bringing us water or asking if we wanted something else to drink. Our appetizers were tasty. Good crab cakes. When they brought our entrees, the tuna, requested rare, and the rack of lamb, they had brought the wrong order for my girlfriend's tuna. We sent it back, and they put my lamb under a heat lamp. We waited a further 15 minutes for the tuna to be ready, at which point it was medium and not good. Seriously over peppered. My lamb was not hot, and I knew it wasn't fresh anymore. It was tasty though, I'll say that for them. The sides were ridiculous though, cooked carrots and 4 asparagus stalks. Let me state that I used to work in restaurants and feel very uncomfortable complaining. Still, we pointed out apologetically that the tuna was not right and that the lamb was no longer warm nor fresh. They took the tuna off the bill but not the lamb. It's my feeling that if you're going to charge $28 for an entree it should be of a high quality and when it's not apologies should be made and I should not be charged. The manager was not apologetic. If you want a good meal, go somewhere else, not here.
Posted by big dan on 05/22/2011
The UWS has its share of great places to dine, but the Blue Caravan carves out a unique niche that tantalizes the tastebuds. The eclectic menu is imaginative & delicious with a nice selection of small and large plates-each of which is creative and tasty. I highly recommend the calamari stuffed w/ chorizo and served w/black squid ink risotto! Go! You'll love it.
Posted by UWSider on 05/15/2011
Blue Caravan is an excellent addition to the neighborhood. The food was unique and delicous. We shared the spinach artichoke crostinis, the kabuchi and potato gratin, and the monk fish entree. Everything was excellent and the portion size was decent for small plates. I highly recommend you try this place.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/04/2011
I love this place. Recently went here for the first time with a large group of about 8 people, and we were all pleasantly surprised at the quality of the delicious, meticulously prepared plates that were served in succession to the table. Once we learned that the head chef used to work at Nobu, it all started making a lot of sense. I grew up on the Upper West Side and go back regularly to visit family, and I never knew where to go out to eat with them until now. Having lived in Brooklyn for the past five years I've come to enjoy the fun, eclectic restaurants that line the streets of Park Slope and Williamsburg. Blue Caravan combines the great experimental qualities of outer borough restaurants with the class and quality standard of the best Manhattan establishments. Don't be fooled by the price of the "small" plates -- these mini feasts are plentiful and fun to share. I highly recommend the Hoisin chicken wings, the feta salad with roasted grapes, and the crispy calamari. For my main course I had the chicken apple sausage and was amazed at the hint of Indian flavors in the accompanying vegetables. Friends at my table had the red snapper and seared magret (duck breast), both of which were great as well. The decor is a perfect mix of fancy and relaxed. I would feel as at home bringing a date or business associate here as I was going out with family and friends. Great addition to the neighborhood and I have no doubt I'll be heading back soon.
Posted by Nick O'Brien on 05/03/2011
Went for dinner on Easter with the family. Everybody was very happy with the food. We split a number of the small plates. My favorite was the Kabocha and Potato Gratin which was light and fluffy unlike many gratins I've had. I also highly recommend the Duck Confit Salad as well as the Porcini And Sweet Pea Arancini. We each had a large plate as well. The Eggplant Fan was a welcome departure from the hackneyed mushroom ravioli often added as a veggie option afterthought at a lot of places. The Chicken and Apple Sausage was nice and light, the dish over all was given substance by the parsnip. The Monkfish was also a big hit, the brussel sprouts were a great compliment. You can tell a lot of thought went into the menu, there are a number of items you don't see on the menu at many places. A criticism I often have of places loosely termed "New American" is that they do things to the food just for the sake of doing things, I don't get that sense here. The counterpoints work and the dishes are complex but not overly worked. The space is nice with a large floor to ceiling window in front that lets a lot of light in. I went with the family and they enjoyed but it would also work for a date.