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Blue Ribbon Brasserie
Posted by nolava on 03/27/2013
This was our first time at this establishment and we were not disappointed. The food was absolutely delicious, from the appetizers to the entrees. The desserts looked good but we were too full to partake. The place is cosy but comfortable and the bar looked like quite the social scene. The wait staff were attentive without being tiresome. The only thing that disappointed us was the selection of wine, which needs amending. It's a shame to pair great food with mediocre wine. Despite that, we enjoyed our meal very much.
Posted by Lkstar on 11/11/2012
This is my fave restaurant in NYC. The food's great and the menu is diverse enough to answer most any craving. Eating at the bar is fun and social (even if you're on your own) and table service is also v good. My favorites are their famous fried chicken, calamari, bone marrow, raw bar, and hangar steak. I hardly ever have room for dessert, but the banana split is awesome!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/15/2011
I was looking forward to eating here after all the good things I had heard. Unfortunately, like many NYC restaurants this place was all hype. The food was okay not great. I just wouldn't go back or go out of my way to eat here. On a positive note, the service was excellent.
Posted by Brian O. on 12/15/2010
Let me break Blue Ribbon Brasserie down like a fraction for you. When it comes to its ambiance, one word immediately came to mind - UNDERWHELMING! Having said that – get over it & give it a chance! The food is where Blue Ribbon's reputation is rightfully earned! As you peruse their menu, you immediately appreciate the range of dishes available. There is a strong focus on seafood. But they have several appetizers and main courses showcasing other proteins such as beef, chicken, duck, lamb and yes, even pigeon. I personally feel the pigeon is absolutely unnecessary as it only conjures up images of the nasty, greasy-feathered variety you run across on the lawns of Bryant Park or the sidewalks of Gotham. You know the kind: perhaps it hobbles around with a chewed-up-stump of a missing leg which was the result of a prize-fight caliber encounter with one of our infamous rats behind the dumpster of a well-known eatery? But I digress. I started with a half-dozen fresh raw oysters. They were served with a traditional mignonette, a red spicy sauce, and another sauce with finely chopped onion, lime juice and cilantro. I thoroughly enjoyed the oysters. My sister had the escargot. These were prepared out of their shell Bourguignon-style in a rich red wine/veal stock reduction served with potatoes, carrots and wild mushrooms. Four our main courses, my sister had the filet mignon with cooked spinach and French fries. The meat was very tender and done to her specifications (medium). I would normally have mine medium rare. But it was not my dish. I opted for a favorite - skate wing! It was fantastic! In its most traditional form of serving, it was very lightly dusted with flour and pan seared with lemon segments and capers. A brown butter sauce was very lightly drizzled on top. The skate was served over diced shrimp, small potato cubes and lardons. My one complaint was I wished my dish had more brown butter sauce on the plate. Otherwise, the skate was very flavorful and cooked perfectly. All I can say about the service is, it was spectacular. Our host sat us very quickly. Our waiter was spot on. He provided us some great recommendations. He told us about the specials and clearly answered any questions we had. He was extremely attentive without seeming clingy. He gave us space but timed his visits to our table with military precision. I will definitely return and bring others to enjoy a good meal. However, I will warn them to not judge a book by its cover.
Posted by anonymous on 01/17/2010
I have been coming here for years & the food, atmosphere and service are excellent. The only problem is their wine list. The wine list on their website shows a wide range of wines that are all reasonably priced. The actual wine list in the restaurant is totally different and 90% of the wines are priced over $100 and perhaps 65% of the list is $200 and up, way up. This is not a customer friendly wine list, especially when the few reasonable wines under $100 are of sketchy quality. It is surprising that a good restaurant like this would offer such a wine list that does not cater to all customers. In this current economic climate, I cannot imagine that a large percentage of any such small independent restaurant's customers are regularly buying wines over $200. I hope that the wine list will change in the future or it will prohibit me from wanting to dine here if I cannot find a good wine on the list offered at a reasonable price to enjoy with my food.
Posted by Lori Lav on 10/28/2009
I had the Bone Marrow dish. It was delish. I also tried the Escargot, which was prepared different than what I am used to, but was very good, with a sweet kick to it. Steak Tartar , no complaints there. I did not get dessert, but the table next to me got the banana split and it was ginormous!
Posted by nycgirlie on 07/27/2008
Went to the Brasserie for dinner on Saturday night. Didn't love the calamari app, but oysters and pate were pretty good. Really enjoyed the hangar steak entree and shrimp provencal ravioli. Chocolate bruno dessert was very good as was the creme brulee.