Blue Hill at Stone Barns

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99 Almost Perfect

Dan Barber’s awe-inspiring farm-to-table destination is more than worth the trip to Tarrytown.

630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, NY, 10591

914-366-9606

http://www.bluehillfarm.com/dine/stone-barns

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The lowdown

Over the years, Dan Barber’s particular brand of free-association, Slow Food cooking has grown and evolved from a more standard “gourmet” locavore experience (which you can get a taste of at the West Village Blue Hill outlet) into a kind of elaborate, ever-changing culinary pageant, which is educational, entertaining, and, yes, delicious to eat. Yes, there’s a cozy tasting room on the grounds themed around the boundless joys of composting, and, yes, when you’re presented with two kinds of freshly churned butter, you may also be given the names of the noble cows who produced it. Like everything about the modern haute barnyard phenomenon, the proceedings can tip occasionally into the realm of parody, but for jaded city slickers who wish to experience this dining revolution in all its nuanced, creative, and, yes, entertaining glory, there’s no better place to do it, not just within the general biosphere of the greater New York City region but, arguably, the entire USA as well.

Adam Platt

What you need to know

Insider Tips There is no tipping, but a 20-percent administrative charge will be added to the (already hefty) bill.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelHushed