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Posted by chuznucky on 10/31/2007
note to Dan Barber: Dude what ur doing is great .. the chef-local farmer thing. But get over the stone barn's descriptions all over your menu. It reads like a stuttering, dyslexic novel. I've had some of my better meals in the city @ blue hill. I had a completely forgetable meal @ stone barn. There is an art to menu writting &design! Even if you love lardo & pistachio you don't need to list them in your menu 3 times! Maybe just write something @ the bottom of ur menu listing the local farms that you use. I'm taking the time to write this because I love Blue Hill. I hope you can take this constructively.
Posted by ag on 10/24/2007
Went to Blue Hill in NYC after frequenting the Stone Barns location. Compared to Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, this was a disappointment. We called at 7pm on a Sunday to see if they had any room for 2 that evening, they said absolutely not. We live in the area so walked over to see if there were tables anyway, and low and behold, about 6 2-tops were free for the picking. Cocktail list of only 2 seasonal concoctions in comparison to the extensive tasty list up north. Appetizers of "this mornings egg" and greens ravioli were very nice, main course of chicken was great, however I had to send my cod/manhattan clam chowder entree back because it was so salty that my appetite was killed. I couldn't taste anything but salt, and at 32$ I found that a bit of a novice mistake. My dinner guest ordered the cheese (new world/old world) which were amazing. Service was attentive, however, our server changed half way throught the meal, and we were asked 3 times if we would like dessert by 3 different staff. All in all an ok experience, but if you want the true Blue Hill dining expereince take a trip to Stone Barns, which has never dissapointed.
Posted by nyc girl on 09/21/2007
My boyfriend and I went here last night for a romantic dinner and let me tell you , the atmosphere and the setting of this place are absolutely romantic. Our service was amazing. The food was good, not great, but good. What made me change my mind from great to good was the dessert. As an appetizer, I had the Ravioli, which was DELICIOUS! For an entree, I had the Lamb, and my guy had the duck, which were both amazing. We didn't think we'd leave full, but we were after those entrees. THEN we had the bright idea to have dessert, and we just ordered the cheesecake. There was this sauce on the cheesecake that tasted like CRAP, that's the only way I can describe that taste.... it was just horrible. Don't get me wrong, i highly recommend this place, just don't have the cheesecake. ENJOY!
Posted by loves to eat on 08/01/2007
had dinner here a few nights ago. i had been wanting to come here for a few years but never got around to it and had extremely high expectations. the service was impeccable, as was the freshness and creativity and presentation of the dishes. however, i was underwhelmed with the menu selection and the general taste of the food. the flavors were very delicate but some dishes were bland. the portion sizes were also small for the men i was dining with. i had a solid dining experience, but i'm not sure it was special enough to warrant a return visit given the other great restaurants in the city for the same price.
Posted by lovely on 06/25/2007
Dined here for dinner on a recent Saturday night. This was one of the finest dining experiences we've had. The ambiance was very welcoming, the food was outstanding, and the service was perfect. I will certainly be back soon and I look forward to recommending Blue Hill.
Posted by pickyeater on 04/27/2007
food was fresh and yummy. wish they had been more specific about certain ingredients, as I had an allergy to one food in salad, but server never mentioned specific vegetables. he didn't know (he had the previous day off and didn't know current menu, though this menu had been online for a week by the time we ate there, so total bs). but, overall, good food. great wine selection-really great wine list. cheese plate good too, though it didn't match what was on menu. so, good food, but not totally worth the hype.
Posted by elena on 02/26/2007
We've been wanting to go to Blue Hill for several months and must have built it up quite a bit in our minds because the actual meal did not live up to the expectations. The bread basket was scrumptuous--hot flaky bread was totally addicting. For appetizers, we tried butternut squash soup and butternut squash ravioli. Both dishes were great though ravioli left us wishing for a bigger portion. For main courses, we had cod (it tasted a bit fishy which was surprising given how mild it usually is) and lamb (very well done, quite nice). We even had dessert--a delicious chocolate bread pudding. The drinks menu was quite limited - only 2 cocktails and 4 beers, besides the wine list. We ordered their blood orange concoction and were absolutely taken with the smooth delicious taste. Overall, it was a good experience though nothing spectacular for the kind of restaurant it was (a high-tier white linen tablecloth place). We liked the idea of fresh seasonal produce from a local farm but were not blown away by the actual food. The atmosphere was warm and cozy - there were a few couples on date and several corporate tables. The location is great and if you are in the neighborhood, go in to try it. It may not be worth your while to travel from afar.