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Blue Hill exceeded our expectations yet again

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OrganicLife May 17, 2007 06:31 AM

Last night after a very late doctor's apointment in the area, my husband and I took a chance that Blue Hill would take us for a 9:00 reservation. We got lucky!

I should mention that I'm 8.5 months pregnant and was completely starving. I asked if we could do the tatsing menu but would it be possible to have all the courses out in a short period of time as I was too tired to sit through the usual leisurely, but long, meal. Not a problem. And not only was the food outstanding, but they remembered all of my food requests/preferences/pregnancy quarks from the last time we dined there and each of my courses was tailored as such without my asking.

Our host sensed I was getting sleepy and even wrapped up our desserts before we had to ask him to. They were a delicious after breakfast treat this morning.

It was just a wonderful experience last night and made my love for the place grow even deeper. It felt very cozy and personal, not a feeling you often get a such an upscale restaurant.

And of course, the food was spectacular!

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    David W May 20, 2007 05:35 AM

    We had a 9:00 reservation and the farmer's tasting menu-we were there until 12:30.
    We had a wonderful sturgeon with a rhubarb/ramp sauce. The ramps returned with soft-shelled crabs paired with Meyer lemon. Asparagus is also in many dishes (a roasted asparagus course was especially tasty.)
    Since we live in Brooklyn and can't risk the luck of a last-minute spot, we are already plotting our next visit. Any thoughts on prime-times to go? I'm thinking corn season is not to be missed.

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      OrganicLife May 21, 2007 04:35 AM

      If you plan to do the tasting menu, I always suggest an early reservation because, yes you can be there for over 4 hours. I would try again for a month from now and then again in early September.

      Soft shell crabs! Wow! I would have loved to try those there!

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        sixelagogo May 24, 2007 02:50 AM

        have any of you all tried the bar area for dinner? Do they serve full dinner there? i agree with all yer statements about the quality of Bluehill; the tasting menu i had 1 year ago was HANDSDOWN the best meal i've ever eaten at a restaurant.

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          dolores May 24, 2007 05:51 AM

          What is the price per person?

          Were you full when you left?

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            OrganicLife May 24, 2007 04:22 PM

            We leave so full from the tasting menu that I usually can't get my dessert down. Also, I suggest an early reservation as the tasting menu can take over 4 hours. We usually like to get in around 5 or 6.

            I believe the price per person is $110 including the dessert course.

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              spa May 24, 2007 05:44 PM

              I've been checking Opentable for months now and haven't seen any availability before 9 pm, which is too late for me! How do you get in at 5 or 6?

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                DGresh May 25, 2007 04:26 AM

                You call at 9 am precisely two months before the night you want to go--
                yeah I know, it's a pain.

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                  bob gaj May 25, 2007 04:51 AM

                  i looked on opentable for blue hill, but only find the nyc location. can you post a link for the blue hill, stone barns location on opentable?

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                    spa May 25, 2007 05:23 AM

                    Go to New York, then Westchester County, then Pocantico Hills. It's the only restaurant that pops up there.

                    http://www.opentable.com/rest_profile... 9:00:00 PM&i=0&hpu=686449465&t=FR

                    Good luck!

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                      bob gaj May 25, 2007 07:15 AM

                      don't know how i missed it the first time, since it's right there. thanks for pointing me right...

            2. re: sixelagogo
              momof3 May 24, 2007 04:09 PM

              I was only there once for a party. We had the full Farmer's feast menu. Each course was paired with a different wine, including dessert.
              I did inquire about the bar (being a bartender and bar-eater) and the full menu is offered at the bar. They consider the bar as an extention of the restaurant.
              As for the pricing, it depends on how many courses you order and what you have to drink. Check out the daily menu http://www.bluehillstonebarns.com/men...

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          foodlover5 May 17, 2007 04:48 PM

          Wow - sounds like a great night. I've definitely got them on my list of "placed to try soon"!

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            spa May 17, 2007 08:01 AM

            How lovely. Sometimes we just need to be looked after and treated with care. And I'd say that late at night, late in pregnancy definintely qualifies as one of those times.

            Do they have their spring menu going?

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              OrganicLife May 17, 2007 02:27 PM

              Yes, I believe it was the spring menu. Or at least some of it was. The new things were a green gazpacho with yogurt, cold apple and cucumber soup, fresh radishes, and lamb. All delicious.

              I want to try to make it to the farm market tomorrow.

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