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630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, NY, 10591
nr. Raffenburg Rd.
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!
A enjoyable dining experience.
By susie on 7/21/2004
Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Food excellent, service fine. Recommend highly.
By DTrump on 8/16/2004
Not a place to go if you are hungry!. Chicken soup very nice,poached chicken like rubber, lamb was ok but it was a childs portion lol.
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.
Obscenely small portions, outragous pricies
By allans on 3/29/2005
I went for brunch . A bread basket was 8 bucks and another 8 for a refill . Portions so small as not to be believed . Food preparation not special , not great . Much cachet - no substance . Wait staff indiffernt and slow. They could not describe why the preparation special. To their credit it was not. Would not return no matter what you should stay away.
By steen on 7/5/2007
We had an 8:30 reservation and arrived a bit early to enjoy a cocktail on the side porch, but were told that there was a wedding that had taken it over and no one was allowed outside. We then tried to take our drinks out into the courtyard (it was a lovely night), but were blocked because "no drinks are allowed outside the bar." So we sat in a very crowded bar and waited, and waited, and waited for our table. At 9:15 it was finally ready and we were starving. We ordered the Farmer's Feast; it might have been from the farm, but people, it was no feast. Even though they had assured us that the non-meat eaters in our party would be happy, the first amuse was prosciutto, followed by--I am not making this up--one potato chip for each person. The (tiny) dishes took forever to arrive, and when the main entree finally landed on our table at 11:30 at night, the vegetarians were greeted with a chunk of broiled cauliflower, "cauliflower steak!" chirped our waitress. Everyone was ravenous by the end of the meal, and $500 poorer per couple.
Horribly Overpriced, Overrated, and Disappointing
By liqdstar on 8/4/2008
This is a true example of the emperorÂ’s new clothes. While the decor is beautiful, that's it. The serving sizes are outrageously small and NOT filling (and I weigh less than 100). The food is bland and uncreative, and consists mostly of salty tomatoes. Nothing will wow you. You'll keep waiting for the good food to arrive, but it never will. And dessert is a joke. First we had cold berries that I could've made at home. Then we had the most horrible concoction - olive cake with salty sauce and ice-cream. None of us ate it! The bill came out to over $600 for 4 people- Totally NOT WORTH IT!! Lastly, service is outrageous for a restaurant that charges this much. By far the biggest waste of money. I simply can't express how disappointed we were. This is just one of those pretentious places that gets a lot of hype and everyone joins the bandwagon. The only good that came out of dinner is it made me re-think my quickness to spend so much on restaurant with a lot of hype. Next time I will be more discerning.
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.
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.
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.
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