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Posted by Dissapointed on 03/23/2009
Ok so I rarely write reviews but I was so bummed by our dinner that I had to. I work in an industry where I have the pleasure of eating out on a regular basis at great restaurants. We came here for my birthday and I was very excited as I had read about this place several times. We had a reservation and were quickly sat by a very pleasant hostess. Our seats were cramped at best (as was everyone else’s.) Our server was speedy but impersonal and seemingly uninformed or inarticulate about the menu. Both appetizers were plated very well but neither passed in terms of taste. My "daily egg" dish was so salty that I almost sent it back and lacked any real balance besides being a poached egg in an unforgettable sauce. For 14 bucks they should be doing better. I ordered the Berkshire chicken. The texture was so soft that at first I was not sure if it was raw. I realized it was not raw but the texture was so weird that I am pretty sure it had been over-brined resulting in a texture that was just floppy, soft, and wierd. Perhaps it could have been saved by any accompanying vegetable but It didn’t have any except for a few random chickpeas in some forgettable sauce. We heard our neighbors complaining about the small chocolate bread pudding they ordered and how it tasted like a dry brownie. With that we skipped dessert. We will not be back..
Posted by anon on 02/23/2009
great food, great ambiance, great service. made for an excellent birthday dinner.
Posted by Jen on 02/05/2009
I was really disappointed. I have been hearing rave reviews for years. My fiance and I considered getting married at the farm restaurant. I am so thankful we decided against it. I decide to take my fiance there for his bday. Upon entering, we were greeted by a very nice hostess. She informed us that our table was not ready at the exact time of our reserervation so she offered us two drinks on the house. Very nice gesture. However, there is no way where to stand if the bar area is full. We were basically hanging over another person's table, which I hate to do. The place is layed out very poorly. The highlights of the meal was the mushroom soup and the dessert. I ordered the striped bass and it was tough. I could hardly chew it. The waitress informed it was medium rare, but this was raw. It was also floating in a green mixture with broccoli that resembled a Bird's Eye mix in the frozen vegetable aisle. I informed the waitress that it was tough and she took it off the check, which I really appreciate. . I also didn't like the atmosphere. Even though it's in the village, I felt as if I was in midtown. It was extremely stuffy, with women in their fur coats and men in suits. Overall, service was good and there were a couple of highlights, but there are so many better places for that kind of money.
Posted by KCC on 01/28/2009
My fiance and I went here reading and hearing great things about the restaurant and was considering even having one of wedding events either here or at the Blue Hill Farm. Although the food was amazing the service was less than desired. The waiter did not check on us through out the meal, he also left another table's wine on our table for a short period of time before moving! It was our 3 year anniversary of dating and we were dressed nicely and it was week night (not that this should matter). There was no need for less than great service from such a reputable restaurant. After recently dining at Bouley...there was just no comparison.
Posted by DNK on 12/15/2008
My wife and I had a wonderful meal on Nov 19th. Instead of the tasting menu we each had two apps an entree and then shared a dessert. and it turned out to be a great choice. The highlight of the meal was the lamb. I order lamb a lot, and I can say with total certainty that it was the best I ever had - seasoned and cooked perfectly. Service was good but did not measure up to the food.
Posted by Montreal Foodie on 10/23/2008
I just came back from a week in New York and Blue Hill was on my list of places I had made a reservation. After my meal there, I wished I had booked there every night... everything, from the welcome to the farewell, from the food to the wine, from the design of the menu to the design of the bathrooms... everything was extraordinary! We were seated in what they call the Garden Room in the back which was cosy and intimate, perfect for our party of four. We had the tasting menu (it changes everyday) and the wine pairing but what we weren't prepared for was the generousity of the kitchen... they brought us not one but FIVE different amuse-bouche! All were vegetables and other product from their farm at Stone Barns. What followed was perfection on a plate and seemless service. The owners have an incredible team there, all dedicated to offer the best to their customers. Attention to detail, freshness and a love of the ingredients is also what comes to mind when thinking about our evening at Blue Hill. This has now become my favorite restaurant in NY and I can't wait to go back! This restaurant also offers excellent value... of all the other places we went to this week (Jean-George, Bondst & wd-50), this was by far our favorite... and coincidently, the best value.
Posted by diningcompanions4ever on 09/20/2008
Great service and atmosphere. No room for improvement there. Food was amazingly fresh and well prepared. Our only complaint is that the meal seemed to be lacking inspiration.