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Posted by nycdinerfanatic on 11/09/2008
Let me preface this by saying I dine out frequently and eat everywhere from Per Se to Pastis to Pop Burger. You know how hard it is to give a New Yorker sticker shock. I found some of the items here absolutely outrageous. A French onion soup is $14.50! And since most appetizers are not "stand-alone" dishes, you need to order a companion, which brings your appetizer to around $25-$30. The fish I had was a notch above decent but the portion was tiny, and my husband's burger came with luke warm fries. All in all, the quality seems to have diminished while the cost has gone up significantly.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/13/2008
Went there today for lunch. I had the burger with cheddar cheese, which came cooked exactly as I wanted (medium rare) and with pretty well-seasoned French fries (which were a bit less crispy than I like, but still good). Pretty decent-sized burger for the price. The waiter was a little flirty for my taste, but relatively attentive. They also serve a generous bread basket, which was good enough that I asked to take the leftovers home.
Posted by LB on 08/12/2008
I am not quite sure why everyone is so in love with this place. The appetizers are really over priced considering most of it is pre- prepared (i.e. saucison, cheese, etc). I had the trout with bacon and mushrooms which was just ok. I understand the place is supposed to feel rustic, but it was all too fall like for the summer. The high point was dessert which was awesome. It was a decent experience but there are so many better restaurants in the city and that neighborhood for that matter
Posted by nycdiner on 03/15/2008
I've had so many friends recommend this place, I was thrilled to finally go tonight.... however, I was sorely dissapointed with the experience. The food was okay, but nothing special. I had the famous fried chicken, and for 25 bucks, it was not worth it. I've had better fried chicken at my local fried chicken spot. The server seemed disinterested in us (and his job), and the timing was off (drinks came after appetizers, took a really long time to get main course, etc.) If this place wants to live up to its name, they need to get their act together, I won't be going back.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/19/2007
All 3 of the Blue Ribbon's are known in NYC for being late night places for chefs. The Bakery is known for bread pudding and a great (though a bit over priced) wine cellar. This is not a brunch place. In fact REAL New Yorkers do not have brunch. Brunch is a tradition brought here by those who moved here from no where'sville. Blue Ribbon Bakery is great for what it is a late night dessert place with Kona coffee and a great wine cellar.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/09/2007
Went for brunch. No drink specials. Blloody mary was just ok. Not enough kick. And the food was pretty mediocre. I agree with another reviewer--that it feels that the ingredients just share a plate rather than work together. I got poached eggs with shrimp and bacon hash. The shrimp had no flavor whatsoever. It wasn't inedible, but so not worth the money.
Posted by Gastronomical Liz on 11/21/2007
While this place has infamously high prices, I adored every bite of food at this adorable, bright little restaurant. I started out with the bone marrow in red wine sauce; slathered on the bakery's own toast, it was perfectly fabulous and decadently rich-a first time for me. I followed that with a vegetable sandwich moistened with remoulade on an olive-studded ciabatta. Again, perfect: the vegetables were nicely grilled and not at all dry, while the bread had a crunchy skin enveloping a network of addictively chewy, airy innards. My friend's tuna sandwich on toast, complete with capers and onions, was comforting and with just the right amount of mayo. As far as service was concerned, our waiter was calm, present, and as cute as a button, and our seats at the window let in a good amount of light to shine on our heavenly meal. Again, it was *gastronomically* expensive, but worth the starved wallet.