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Having Brunch at Blue Hill @ Stone Barns - worth the drive from NYC?

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  • RCC Nov 22, 2006 08:43 AM

We have never been there and we have a reservation next Sunday. I have looked at their online menu, unsure of whether it changes or is updated, but it doesn't seem that appealing considering the $42 per person cost.

Is it worth our time to drive out from NYC for this brunch?

Thank you.

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  1. do a search - i've never been, but there are plenty of raves.

    1. It is worth it. I have had dinner there but not brunch. The food is fresh and perfectly seasoned and sauced.

      1. I have not been to BH@SB, but from what I've read, I wouldn't bother with brunch -- at least, not this time of year. Perhaps, late spring or summer when it would be pleasant to tour the grounds and facilities. On the other hand, dinner does sound as though it would be worth a substantial drive though, again, my preferance would be for a summer menu.

        1. I have had both dinner and lunch at BH@SB ... Dinner is outstanding and well worth the drive from almost anywhere.
          While I liked lunch, I wouldn't go back to have it again. The $42/person can be a bit of a low estimate when all is said and done ...
          Save your money and gas for when you can get a dinner reservation.
          As above, I would second the suggestion to go at a more "bountiful" time of year when you can also enjoy the venue.

          1. I haven't been excited by the food I've eaten at my two dinners at BH@SB. So I'd *rather* go for brunch/lunch, especially if it's a nice day, so I could walk around the grounds and enjoy the beauty of the environs.

            1. DaveFeldman, I find it satisfying to read posts like yours. I 'won't' pay the prices at BH, I 'don't' care about the 'grounds' at a restaurant, I can go to a park for 'grounds', and I surely want more than a little food prettily mounded on a plate that has been artfully dressed up with squeeze bottles for a gazillion dollars a meal.

              Someone awhile ago told me NOT to go to BH, and I am glad I listened to them. Nothing I have read since makes me regret my decision.

              With SOOOOOO many wonderful, artsy, expensive, delicious, beautifully appointed, well serviced restaurants in Westchester, why on earth would I want to bother with BH?

              I don't. But thanks for the confirmation, all the same.

              1. I agree. I really don't understand the appeal of BHSB. It's incredibly overpriced and the food is mediocre at best. Honestly I feel bad for the chickens, pigs, etc on the ground. Their death wasn't worth it.

                The grounds of course are fantastic for walking/hiking.

                1. I went there for the 1st time a few weeks ago, just to walk around a friend and our kids 6&7. It was a good experince for them to see how a farm works, where we get our food etc. My daughter had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it was a SMALL dinner roll, and it was about $4.00 including tax!! That's robbery if you ask me. No reason on earth for PB&J on a dinner roll to cost so much. I felt they did it on purpose since they know most kids will opt for it so the parent has no choice then to pay for it since there is nothing else they will eat. The cheese platter was the best deal, $12.99, 4 cheeses, greens, and a chutney that were all very good. The soup was ok, cream of cauliflower.

                  1. As the original poster, I want to update that we will NOT be going this Sunday, primarily due to a conflicting and more pressing commitment that I'm obligated to attend to.

                    Even then, and thanks to the responses by knowledgeable posters on this thread, my inclination strongly turned to cancelling my reservation, anyway.

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                    1. re: RCC

                      Restaurant X has a great Sunday brunch. It's in Congers NY. Having been to this one (I haven't been to the BH) I think X's brunch is worth the drive from NYC. Their website is http://www.xaviars.com/restx/index.html. It's a buffet, but you don't go to it, it comes to you. I'd suggest going now while they have there holiday decorations up. It also includes all the champagne (a pretty decent one) and mimosas you care to drink, so you might need a designated driver! You can go to Rockland Lake for a walk afterwards to get that park feeling in you get at BH.

                    2. RCC, it is sociologically interesting to me that there are others who have the same opinion as I (who has not been to this place) that Blue Hill is an aberration. To wit, an outRAGEously overpriced place which serves small amounts of food, albeit wonderful food, in surroundings that can be approximated elsewhere, Muscoot Farm for example.

                      I have disliked the premise from the beginning. It seemed to me to be a yuppie Disneyland for foodies. As I shared, I was 'told' by someone here to stay away, and am glad that I did. This site is invaluable.

                      Meanwhile, I will be going to MacMenaman's Grill for brunch in the next few weeks and will report back. I am all about the food and although the Grill is expensive, it is supposedly good for the money.

                      I object to many of the overpriced restaurants in Westchester that do NOT offer extraordinary service and food for the money, and even to those, like Gina Marie, which are downright obnoxious and STILL expect me to pay the bill. However, I am in the minority. Therefore, I am heartened to read a thread like this.

                      Oh, and if Restaurant X is anything like Xaviars in Garrison, now closed, I recommend that as well.

                      Let us know where you do go for brunch RCC and enjoy!

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                      1. re: dolores

                        Delores, I couldn't agree with you more about BHSB (I like the description yuppie disneyland for foodies...). I have been there, and I found the prices bizarre, and the food far from wonderful--indeed the only memorable courses for our over $300 meal (with one cocktail and one bottle of moderate wine) was the cocktail (made with delicious fresh squeezed juice) and a salad of field greens, lardons and a perfectly poached fresh egg. I must say that I poach a pretty good egg myself...One dish we had contained undercooked beans, and I do not even recall what else we were served, it was that unremarkable. The service was not commensurate with the price (i.e. informal and less than professional). I am a huge fan of anything Peter Kelly, and agree that any of his restaurants are far superior to the food served at BHSB.

                        1. re: dolores

                          We may end up with our "go to" favorite, and assuming that we wake up early enough to avoid the looooooong wait lines, at Clinton Street Baking in the Lower East Side. There's already a lot of write-up about this place in the Manhattan Board.

                          If not, then we may do the "workingman's non-working-day brunch" and buy some fresh bagels at our neighborhood bagel place (Tal Bagels), take them home and toast them for a bit, slather with some butter (admittedly, a bit "yuppified" as I and the wife insist on having only our favorite terrific French butter for breakfast), whip up some soft scrambled eggs, a not-overly-ripe banana, ... and we're all set.

                        2. Thanks, Marge. Another nice dining experience was the CIA American and French dining rooms. The food and service were outstanding, albeit it was years and years ago.

                          Sounds perfect, RCC. Where is Tal Bagels? Have you been to BagelWorks, on either 60th or 61st on the East Side? When my poor dog was terminally sick a few years ago, we brought her to the AMC and by serendipity found BagelWorks. As my father proclaimed about Pepe's -- best pizza he'd had in 76 years -- I'd have to say the same about BagelWorks.

                          I don't get to NY often enough, or I'd have some in my freezer right now.

                          If you want to go even more decadent, try making French toast with day old croissants, using heavy cream in place of the milk. Yum.

                          1. My two cents. Stone Barns is incredible. Easily in the top ten joints I have been to world wide. Of course this is just from a single visit last June, but the meal(s) were nothing short of greatness. We ordered the Chefs Choice, which was a 10 course meal, made up of 8 tiny dishes and 2 moderate sizes. At one point the grinning waiter approached us with a tray of dirty asparagus and snow peas and told us, that this was the exact pieces that would be used in the next 3 dishes we would consume. we glanced at eachother with a puzzled and somewhat funny look. Sort of like, "oh gee". The next 3 dishes from the ordinary looking vegetables were mind-blowing. I never would have thought that such flavor and exotic use could have come from two simple vegetables. One dish was a sort of clash between a broth and a hot drink, it was deep green, clean, lite, absurdly fresh, and delicious. I loved it.

                            Food is one of the few things in life that I do not mind paying a lot for. Blue Hill at the Stone Barns is one of those types of places. It's special and its reputation is true. Expensive, radical, beautiful, and out of the way.

                            1. If you dont mind undercooked food, miniscule portions and watching your dinner walk around outside, this is your place.