Last night I had my birthday dinner (a day early) at Blue Hill in New York City. It was fantastic but so poorly lit because the air conditioning was not working I am using pictures from flickr to talk about the experience. Thank you to all the photographers who use a creative common license!
Blue Hill Stone Barns is outside of the city – about 45 minutes. Blue Hill New York City is in the West Village. The difference between the two restaurants is quite striking but both are very good.
Blue Hill Stone Barns feels like a Michelin Star experience. Large but extremely educated wait staff, extensive and at times mind blowing presentation, and exceptional food. I ate at Blue Hill Stone Barns in March, not a time you would think “great time to head to a farm focused restaurant” but it was still fabulous. The Chef is focused on creative vegetable dishes and almost every course was to die for. We did the four course pre-fixe. I recommend going to this place if you can! They even have gluten free home made bread.
Last night, in my own neighborhood, I went to Blue Hill’s New York City location. The experience at this location is different. Not as many people on staff and an al la carte menu option. The gluten free bread was exceptional as it was last time! But I believe the better dining experience is to head to the source – to the Barns outside of the city.
We started our dinner with a taste of salami from the Barns. It was perfect. I really enjoyed my Summer Bean and Pea Salad with Peaches. I opted for a vegetarian dish for my main course because I was so impressed with the food at the Barns in March. This was not the best choice – Stuffed Zucchini. My husband’s entree was much better. He ordered the Stone Barns Berkshire Pig. Everything on his place was amazing.
If you live in NYC the better option is to head to the Barns if you want to enjoy this chef’s preparations at Michelin Star level. You can take the train out there and they handle cab service for you. This location shines a light on the phenomenal things this chef can do with vegetables, even in the middle of the winter. I suggest going on there in the middle of the day so you can walk around the grounds and see what is happening on the farm and then eating an early dinner.
Address: 75 Washington Place
Address for Stone Barns: 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY
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