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Jun 7, 2007 06:46 AM

Best Time To Go To Blue Hill At Stone Barns

Recently received a $200 gift certificate for a 40th birthday present. Sweet!!! I'd like opinions on when the best time to go is. I remember reading about touring the grounds. Has anybody done this? Chow.

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  1. I'd like to add on to this question. I just scored a Sunday night reservation and I've never been before. I know that lots of chefs take Sunday off and the food sometimes suffers. If you've been there before, would you see this as a reason to try to get a reservation on a different night? Or should I just go anyway? It's a bit of a haul to get out there from Brooklyn and, considering the price, I'm not sure I'd be back for a while. I'd hate to go on an off-night.

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    1. re: gangly handful

      I recently joined the farm organization there and i've been hitting up the cafe and farm stand three days a week. The tinyy cafe doesn't have inconsistencies so I highly doubt the actual restaurant would.

      We've eaten at Blue Hill on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and the experience has been wonderful each time. As for touring the grounds, you can take a farm tour but I'm not sure if that's what you'd want to do before dinner because you'd probably break a bit of a sweat walking around.

      1. re: OrganicLife

        I know the farm stand opens at 1; any estimate on when you need to get there to get the "good stuff"? How late do they stay open? The website doesn't say

        1. re: DGresh

          I like to get there as close to 1 as possible. Some of their smaller offerings get picked over quite quickly. I honestly don't know when they close. 5 maybe? I've always gotten there early. I like to eat lunch there before the market opens. Makes for a nice relaxing afternoon.

          1. re: OrganicLife

            thanks; 1:00 wasn't in the cards, so I took a chance and went at 3:30. There were still people coming and going, and still a nice selection of salad greens which was what I was looking for, and assorted frozen pork-- of course I don't know what I might have missed :)

            1. re: DGresh

              I went Sunday and picked up salad greens, carrots, and strawberries which were delicious!!!!! It was very busy. I'll be back on Wed to get more. Also got some of the Jerusalem artichokes to go from the cafe. Those things are so tasty!

    2. I went on a Sunday about 6 weeks ago and had a great day at the farm. We took a tour in the morning and then spent the day wandering the estate before grabbing a snack in the cafe and relaxing before dinner. You can either wander the farm and estate grounds on your own or I believe they have audio guides you can get to be led around the farm. Dan Barber was in the kitchen both at lunch and at dinner. We got the farmer's feast tasting menu and it was one of the best meals I have ever eaten.