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digthevine Nov 2, 2007 06:26 PM

can anyone recommend the "town" or "country" version, one over the other?
does the country version have lunch and tours of the farm? i've not been able to surf their site too successfully. thank you!

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    Marcia1250 Nov 2, 2007 06:32 PM

    I've been to both and prefer the country. There are farm tours available. The sunday brunch is quite good at Stone Barns Blue Hill

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      G3B Nov 3, 2007 06:10 AM

      what is the "town" and "country" version? Have been to Stone Barns Blue Hill, but not sure what you are referring to.

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        Lucia Nov 3, 2007 07:54 AM

        I think OP is asking about Blue Hill Stone Barns (country) vs. Blue Hill in Manhattan (town)

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          G3B Nov 3, 2007 10:35 AM

          Thanks, I never think of Manhattan as a town, so I never made the connection.

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        bronkers Nov 3, 2007 09:16 AM

        You have to go to the Country one. It is superior - do the tasting menu. If you get there early enough can you tour the farm too.

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          notgreg Nov 3, 2007 12:35 PM

          Along the same vein, if traveling to Stone Barns is not feasable, would blue hill manhattan still be a great choice ovr other manhattan restaurants at that price point, or should I take my city dining dollars somewhere else?

        2. Bueno Nov 3, 2007 12:48 PM

          BH@SB is superior. Dan Barber is a far superior chef, and the ingredients are the freshest you'll find anywhere in the US except for possibly Manresa in CA. Blue Hill proper (in the city) is still a great choice, but I'd suggest Grammercy Tavern as your alternative -- especially now. It's hitting on all cylinders and really putting out some of the best food in the city, bar none (including Per Se). Mike Anthony is on a roll, with a renewed focus. He's got Michelin stars in his eyes, and it's showing on the plate.

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            HickTownBarnaby Nov 3, 2007 12:53 PM

            good to know.........

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              cageyk Nov 4, 2007 08:18 PM

              Love both but the "country" was much more of a unique experience - you can tour the farm, go for a walk, see some sheep, pick herbs... As for the restaurant, we loved the tasting menu and fabulous service (and what a beautiful location). In the warmer weather, take your dessert out on the terrace.

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            David W Nov 5, 2007 06:00 AM

            I think Stone Barn is wonderful, but would point out that it's not as interesting if it is dark, so this may not be the best time of year to fully experience the place-and trust me, it is quite dark once night falls.
            I ate quite recently at the "city" location, and think the quality is pretty close to Stone Barn-they bring down products from the farm each day...it is well worth your time and expense.

            1. a_and_w Nov 5, 2007 09:40 AM

              I like the Manhattan Blue Hill, but one of my regrets is that I didn't hit Stone Barns before departing the East Coast.

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                acenyc Nov 5, 2007 10:06 AM

                If you have seen my posts you know I frequently wax poetic about BH at Stone Barns. It is definitely a critical pilgrimage for all foodies. I have been there in all seasons- most recently last week and I have to admit that early summer is my favorite. You definitely need to take advantage of the late summer sun as others have posted and truly linger and surrender to the amazing experience. I was just there last week as well-we did the farm tating in which Dan Barber personally creates a 7 course tasting based on your preferences- we were there for almost 4 hours and it was truly the most incredible dining experience I have ever had. However, you really cannot appreciate the beauty of the farm in the dark. I actually recommend keeping the dining and farm touring separate. We have gone up several times on a Sunday- get there by 11 as it becomes over run by noon. The farmer's market starts at 1pm. This will give you time to roam the grounds freely, see the animals and vegetable greenhouses then grab a lunch to eat outside at the cafe- be sure to get on the cafe line by 12. That way you can be in your walking clothes and sneakers which wouldn't be appropriate for the restaurant. If you have children they will have a wonderful time. The Agricultural Center actually has a separate website which can be linked to through the Blue Hill site or directly at www.stonebarncenter.com. In terms of the restaurant they book 2 months out to the date and for a Saturday night they book up in about 3 minutes.

                In terms of BH in the Village it is quite lovely and you will not be disappointed but I do have to agree with Bueno's post- we went to Gramercy for lunch last week in the tavern and my palate is still dancing- Mike Anthony (acutally Dan Barber's former partner at BH) is on fire. It is literally a autumnal explosion right now- I had the trout wrapped in bacon with swiss chard and it was one of the best things I have ever tasted. So save BH@SB for next year for dining- and try to get up on the weekend before it gets too cold. Run to GT now- if you get there on off hours to avoid a wait I still think the tavern is one of the best food experiences in town and go to BH in the city and enjoy the farm fresh tasts of the season!

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