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Blue Hill at Stone Barns

630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, NY, 10591
nr. Raffenburg Rd.
914-366-9606

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7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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BEST MEAL EVER!

By thegamine on 3/11/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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/

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114 out of 208 people found this review helpful.

Genuine enthusiasm for the food they serve

By klaas on 2/3/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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102 out of 222 people found this review helpful.

Parents Be Warned

By RyeGuy1 on 1/12/2010

  • Overall Rating: 0
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I was blown away recently when I learned of their new anti-kid policy. I wasn't even asking about dinner (even though I've even brought my daughter to Daniel, because she knows how to behave), I was inquiring about brunch. In the past this has always been child friendly, now they are no longer offering high chairs even though they once did. The hostess told me that, "We're not trying to dissuade anyone" but no longer offering high chairs is not that subtle. This is very disappointing, having children should not banish someone from Sunday brunch.

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123 out of 266 people found this review helpful.

King of the Hill

By goldeneats on 12/16/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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

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109 out of 219 people found this review helpful.

Disasterously Disappointing

By jessiemez on 12/3/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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106 out of 214 people found this review helpful.

Farm to Table Food

By seb620 on 5/28/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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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105 out of 207 people found this review helpful.

Too much $ for too little food

By martikaposada on 1/4/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

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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138 out of 248 people found this review helpful.

Amazing, inventive food and a beautiful atmosphere

By jh412 on 10/24/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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104 out of 206 people found this review helpful.

Horribly Overpriced, Overrated, and Disappointing

By liqdstar on 8/4/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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225 out of 364 people found this review helpful.

So disappointed

By steen on 7/5/2007

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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