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630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, NY, 10591
nr. Raffenburg Rd.
BEST MEAL EVER!
By thegamine on 3/11/2010
Our experience at Blue Hill at Stone Barns was superb. And I don’t think we’ve ever used that word, spoken or written. Pulling up to Blue Hill at Stone Barns you feel a million miles away from the City (although it only took us a mere 35 minutes to get back to Brooklyn). read more at http://www.thegamine.com/2010/03/11/lifefrom-farm-to-table-blue-hill-at-stone-barns/
Genuine enthusiasm for the food they serve
By klaas on 2/3/2010
You can feel how enthused everyone who works at Stone Barns is by the food they prepare and serve. The servers don't just serve the food. they know where it came from and what is special about it. They enjoy telling the story behind the food. Each dish they bring out becomes a unique experience and an adventure in eating something special. Many of the offerings are simple basic foods, but they are so exceptionally good, prepared so well, and presented so elegantly, that they are transformed into something new and exciting.
Amazing, inventive food and a beautiful atmosphere
By jh412 on 10/24/2008
In the arena of high-end restaurants, Blue Hill at Stone Barns is one of my favorites. Even in the dead of winter, the vegetables are amazingly fresh and flavorful, and the food is delicious. Each dishÂ’s inventiveness really highlights the ingredientsÂ’ flavors. On one late summer visit, I had a tomato water martini that had such an intense yet delicate tomato flavor that I find myself still craving it to this day. That was two years ago. Portions may look small, but at this restaurant you expect quality, not quantity. If youÂ’re looking for big portions, go to the Cheesecake Factory. Service is formal, but when you think of it as a choreographed presentation of your food it makes sense. And each dish deserves to be presented and explained, though the best thing to do is just let go and experience the flavors and textures. For the record, I am not white, and the service could not have been better each time I have been there. I also have dietary restrictions, and the staff went out of their way to accommodate the fact that I am somewhat lactose intolerant.
King of the Hill
By goldeneats on 12/16/2009
What sets Blue Hill apart is something contrary to both our times and the way most restaurants tend to lean: they are moving backward. Not at all cutting edge or nuanced, the food at Blue Hill – from the sweet cream butter, to the fresh carrots with stems in place, to the brussel sprout leaves that are the greenest I’ve ever seen – is a love letter to things long since past and the way food once tasted in this country. While grateful for how wonderful his food is, one cannot help but feel a pang of remorse for this bygone era, a time when the ingredients that are so often available to Mr. Barber now were once ubiquitous to everyone. I applaud Barber for his nostalgia and, with tongue in cheek, his ability to capitalize on it. Full review here: http://tinyurl.com/ydrr4vb
By member123 on 1/10/2005
I took my fiance to Blue Hill for his birthday. We had a 9:00 pm reservation and were not seated until 9:45 pm. Many people were in the same position and were pretty upset. However, the service, food, and atmosphere entirely made up for this. The grounds are beautiful and the dining room is extremely warm and charming. Our waitress was wonderful and incredibly apologetic about the delay. The courses we ordered were delicous and extremely fresh. I would mention a specific dish except that they were all excellent - I'm sure whatever you have will be as well. At the end of the evening, we realized they comped our desert and several drinks because of the delay. We thought this was generous and very much appreciated it. We will certainly return and highly recommend it to others. On a side note: as reservations are difficult, keep in mind, you can sit at the bar and order from the full menu.
A enjoyable dining experience.
By susie on 7/21/2004
Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Food excellent, service fine. Recommend highly.
Pretentious but Great Food
By mleberfeld on 6/6/2004
Recognizing the idealistic vision of a real farm to table, we went, expecting a working farm with a fabulous organic restaurant on premises. Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed the food and presentation - it was top notch. However, the dining room and service are strangely formal, even by NYC standards. You get the sense that everything about this experience is completely controlled - it sure didn't smell like a working farm! We needed a couple of delicious house cocktails to relax enough to enjoy our dinner. Portions are not large - most adults will want to order the menu with "3 savory" dishes, plus dessert. So if you don't mind a bit of superciliousness with your expensive dinner, by all means go!
Farm to Table Food
By seb620 on 5/28/2009
See your food from seedlings and moos! to scrumptious and magnificent! Blue Hill at Stone Barns is a great place for a fancier dinner, a casual lunch and jaunt through the farm, and a respite from NYC. The food at both the main restaurant and cafe is seasonal, local, delicious, and satisfying. There is a good balance of inventive and comfortable dishes and you can enjoy each knowing that you are supporting the local food movement and sustainable agriculture in NY. Check out www.sarahsgolocalproject.blogspot.com for a more extensive review and photos.
By jessiemez on 12/3/2009
My two friends and I were SO excited to try this restaurant. We got a car service from the city and went up to have our Thanksgiving celebration together. They knew that I was a vegetarian when I made the res...and confirmed that when we checked in. Therefore, it was MUCH to my dismay when the waiter informed me that the vegetarian option for that evening, as part of the $75 prix fixe menu, was "cauliflower with cauliflower sauce." I kid you not. I didn't say anything at the time as my friend was treating me to dinner and I didn't want him to think I was disappointed, but I later emailed Dan Barber....and he blamed it on the waiter. Do not waste your money on this over-hyped place. It's running on arrogance, at this point.
Too much $ for too little food
By martikaposada on 1/4/2009
The restaurant is stunning, the grounds are lovely, service is perfectly coordinated, but... we left hungry after a $400+ meal. The decor and restaurant are lovely, but t is not relaxing, it's pretentious and stuffy. The dishes were creative in preparation and presentation but not spectacular in taste. The one thing that stands out in my mind is the smoked kale chip, of which we received 2 pieces, one chip per person. The biggest complaint is the tiny portions and inflated prices. I would have felt better about the experience if we hadn't left hungry.
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