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75 Washington Pl., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
Excellent by top-tier standards
By EmpireOne on 1/13/2014
When measured by top-tier, international standards -- and not those of Famous Ray's (as per an earlier reviewer), Blue Hill is easily among the very best restaurants in Manhattan. The portion sizes are in line with what one would expect from a Michelin star restaurant. This restaurant is elegant, the food presentation is artful and immaculate, the servers are knowledgeable and unpretentious, the tastes are divine, and the freshness from its local farm cannot be beaten. Feel confident to take your friends here who have the most discriminating taste, but understand that this place is not for the run-of-the-mill B&T.
By bakerjake on 8/8/2011
Our server was as well informed as any I've ever had, and had great recommendations for wine, entrees that were at their peak of freshness, and cocktails. The vegetarian selection was limited (an emmer dish) but otherwise the experience was sublime and included a handful of vegetables and greens I'd never eaten before, integrated into dishes perfectly. If you are excited about the prospect of eating vine ripened cherry tomatoes as an amuse bouche - and you should be - this place will not disappoint. Portions are just fine for anyone not expecting steakhouse sizes, by the way.
Not A Satisfactory Dining Experience
By andrearobbins on 3/8/2011
I read all the wonderful reviews for this restaurant and l figured this would be a fabulous place to eat (slam-dunk). My husband and l ordered Celery Root & Apple soup, Maine Sea Scallops, Ricotta Gnocchi, Grey Mullet and Brussels Sprouts, all of which were fresh but just were just not that tasty, no mmmm-wow factor a all. The portions were very small, for example two sea scallops for $22.00, and they were a bit sandy, and really only had an okay taste. We can accept small portions if the flavor is awesome or even very good. But Blue Hill, in our estimation, did not reach a level above "okay". Of course couple that with a place that takes itself so seriously, that it's a bit pretentious and uncomfortable. They were gracious enough to bring us, on the house, a glass of wine because our order was taking a long time. Another nice touch was they brought to the table four little ( two each) pieces of a chocolate and a marshmallow dessert, unfortunately, not to sound unappreciative, these desserts were also just okay tasting. I regretfully give this restaurant a thumbs down.
Man can live on Blue Hill's bread alone
By gna207 on 7/14/2010
My parents chose Blue Hill for their birthday celebration dinner (Babbo was choice no. 2 so this is the price range they were looking at, just FYI) looking for a grand Obama-worthy feast. Blue Hill delivered. The WARM bread sticks and butter (which I cannot put into words how creamy and room-temperature good it was) were fantastic, and kept coming, much to my parents' chagrin because we really did want to save room for the three courses we knew we were going to have in addition to wine and coffee. Seriously - suck it, Olive Garden - these are the best bread sticks in Manhattan. On the meal front, I'm a vegetarian and was overwhelmed with appetizer choice, many options. There's usually one veggie option in the entree section (I check their menu periodically, duh) and although it wasn't very substantial it was well cooked and the diversity of farm to table freshness was really satisfying. My mom's dishes each had a substitution which the waiter neglected to mention, but aside from that the service was really attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. Desert was GREAT. My father had the cheese plate - french style - and it was really worth it. I had raspberries with a fantastic cheesecake mousse. I'd really give the food a 9 because it was superior to good (8), but not a full on 10. But If I took anything away with me from that meal, aside from the extra calories it was the memory of that awesome bread and bangin' desert.
Thought it was a joke
By howchy on 1/6/2010
First let me say the quality of the food is excellent, truly top notch. However, the portion sizes were laughable. After we ordered a drink, the waiter/chef(?) comes over with the chefs offering for the night, two miniscule "beet burgers", the size of a quarter. Ok, very nice. But once the appetizers came, they were the same size. The entrees were splendid, but literally, my berkshire Pig was approximately 2-3 ounces, undercooked, and almost impossible to cut. essentially trying to cut a raw piece of fatty pork. The only saving grace is that Famous rays was a few blocks away, so after dinner I grabbed two slices. otherwise I would have gone to bed hungry.
By ny8078 on 11/12/2009
Ok first of all--the chocolate bread pudding: on my list of best deserts ever. The perfect balance of texture, molten-y center and chocolate. But really, the desert was just the icing on the cake. Everything we ordered was phenomenal. What I liked was that menu items were fairly simple (I had the veal loin with brocolli rabe and fingerling potatoes), but cooked and seasoned to a unique perfection. Our waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable. Decor is simple--nothing special, but that allows for focus on the fantastic food. Would definitely go back--great for a special occasion.
By Endres16 on 6/15/2009
I went to Blue Hill as a birthday present for my girlfriend and could not have asked for anything better. The service is done the right way to a T, and the food is absolutely perfect. Excellent flavor, seasoning, and an amazing wine list to boot. Absolutely AMAZING! Go HERE!
Upper Side of Meh.
By antx on 2/13/2009
Went for my (Two day early) Valentines date. The food was undoubtedly fresh and expertly prepared, the saving grace of an otherwise bland experience. The service was inattentive at best (on a not overly crowded night), we poured all our own wine and water remained empty for the better part of the meal. The courses on the tasting we also VERY unevenly spaced with about 30 minutes between the (finished) First and Second and suddenly there was the Third, waiting table side for us to finish. The food (especially the perfectly cooked lamb and farm egg dishes.) had saved the restaurant from its otherwise distracting service and i would return... but its probably worth while to take the trip out to the farm where the front of the house seems to be a couple of notches above its urban sister.
Worth trying and going back to
By qkiemonster on 12/3/2008
Excellent. Not intimidating either, food was marvelous and definitely nice to impress guests visiting or in-laws, or dates.
By jaw280 on 10/3/2007
best lamb ever. the cobia was pretty great too. definitely one of the best restaurants in the city. my only complaints: wait staff was a little too helpful (a little overbearing) and the average age of the customers was around 45 (which was weird at first for two 25-year-olds, but once the food came, it didn't matter at all)
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