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Aug 2, 2007 08:58 PM

Blue Hill Stone Barns - early or late?

I wanted to make a reservation at Blue Hill Stone Barns, but didn't realize they started taking reservations two months in advance. So, I think I'm totally on top of it and call one month ahead, and the only times available are 5pm and 9pm. So, I took both.

We are coming up from the city for a special occasion, and I'm not sure how to do this now. I was hoping to get some time in the middle of those, and be able to have dinner at a quasi-normal hour but still take the train home. I am afraid taking a real late train home will detract from the experience. I have considered staying somewhere around there, but really haven't found anything special feeling within price range and close enough to Stone Bars for it to make sense.
However, I also sort of feel like finishing dinner by 8 might not feel very special occasion either. Any suggestions on which might provide a better experience?

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  1. For what you'd pay to stay somewhere, why not just have a town car/limo pick you up and take you back to the city?

    3 Replies
    1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

      Definitely thought about that. Was also wondering if there are pluses/minuses regarding an early or later meal given the option of walking around the grounds during the day.

      1. re: Snaps

        Personally, I'd take the late dinner, get up early, enjoy the scenery, have a cocktail or two to whet my appetite before dinner at 9, and enjoy a nice bottle of wine, and get in the limo late, knowing I don't have to worry about driving home with a post-prandial buzz on.

        But that's just me...:-)

        1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

          We always make our reservations there for 5-6:00 because we always do the farmer's feast tatsing menu and from start to finish it easily takes 4 or 5 hours to complete. Anyway, it's nice to be there and watch the sun go down and enjoy the scenery during dusk.

    2. We had dinner at BHSB for the first time a few weeks ago, and our 5 o'clock reservation worked out extremely well. We arrived about an hour ahead of time, but because it was kind of hot out, we did only a little walking around.

      The restaurant does not open until 5, so you can't sit at the bar and have a drink there until then. And the nearby cafe closes at 4. However, between the two, there is a nice, shaded area where you can sit and relax until the restaurant opens. Also, once people were admitted, the staff did not start seating in the dining room on the dot of 5, so those with reservations at that hour waited in the bar lounge for about 15 minutes. Some had drinks there. We did not.

      We were escorted to our table -- an excellent one, I might add -- were provided with menus, and one of the staff explained the Farmer's Feast, detailing what makes it special. After we briefly perused the menu, we decided to go with the Feast, which is a 6-course menu + amuses & mignardises. Once that decision was made, we needed only to sit back, relax, and enjoy what turned out to be an absolutely stunning meal!!

      Perhaps, if you're dining with a large group, the Feast might take 4-5 hours. For just the two of us, once the amuses were served, the meal took about 3 hours, and we didn't feel at all rushed.

      Note: The driving distance for us was a little over an hour each way. I don't drink, so I'm always the designated driver. This, of course, freed up my husband, who does love wine, to partake of the excellent pairings.