Lydia Shire's Blue Sky in York, ME
Just wanted to say that recently we ate at Lydia Shire's new restaurant in York, Blue Sky, and took family foodies from the west coast. The food was mostly very good (a couple of exceptions). The cowboy steak was prepared very well, the lobster stew was delicious as were the salads, and I loved the pasta with sqash dish. The linguini with clams was just ok. We enjoyed it overall and the dishes are generously portioned. We even brought our middle school aged son, who is well behaved and loves food, and I felt very comfortable with him there. It is rather "out of place" though. Very New York, not York, ME. I like the no dress code policy--it feels like you could dress up if you wanted to or come in blue jeans and either would work well. White leather seats, mod details, nice big booth tables, fire places, interesting curved bar. I must say (and I hope Lydia sees this) that the music was HORRIFIC--it really affected our experience there. Its not that I'm out of touch with what's "hip and now" and I think I get the idea (whispy contemporary-sounding re-makes of things like classic rolling stones tunes), but it doesn't work there--perhaps in a hair salon on Newbury Street or something? Much better to play more classic jazz--like Ellington or others of that ilk, for instance. The music really colors the dining experience that is otherwise very pleasant.