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clembeauchamp Jan 25, 2008 08:20 AM

We're trying it for the first time tonight and I'm surprised that there is so little mention of it on the boards. I'd love to hear any thoughts, recommendations, or warnings. Thanks.

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    slcorlis Jan 25, 2008 11:01 AM

    I ate lunch there about a month ago and found it to be just okay. This could have been the product of unrealistic expectations or poor ordering on my part, but either way, I wasn't overly impressed. The garlic bread they give you to start the meal is delicious, and the chestnut soup was flavorful and rich, but my lamb panini was dry and tasteless. Both my companions had the chicken, which both looked and smelled better than my dish. I must confess, too, to a growing sense of disappointment when the bill came. $210 for three people (no alcohol) seems a bit much for a mediocre lunch in my book.

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      sniffer82 Jan 25, 2008 12:03 PM

      I enjoy BLT mkt a lot a few times I've been. The ambience is friendly and is a great place for a date or small group gathering. Last time I went was in December and I see that the menu has changed a bit since then. Their butternut squash soup was creamy and nicely prepared; used to have this sashimi app that's simply a delight to palate. since they are not on the menu anymore, I'll just stick w/ what I've tried that are still on the menu now: cod- small portion, enough so that one won't get overly sicken by the fatty taste. Duck comes in 4-6 slices of breast, love the sauce and tender on the inside. Almost can be mistaken as filet of steak. Since the portion is relatively small, can leave you wanting for more. It does come with mashed potato plus skin. amish chicken is very flavorful and tender. can easily cut through the bone w/ knife. big portion ( i rememer it to be a whole chicken) None of the desserts that I've tried are on the menu now but from my experience, the chef has a very creative touch that throws ingredients together to create fireworks in the mouth. Main course range from 20-40, app/dessert 10-20.

      1. FoodWine Jan 26, 2008 09:12 AM

        Here is what I wrote about BLT Market in October, with a few additions:

        The food was quite mediocre, from start to finish. We felt like we were in an upscale diner - with gourmet restaurant prices. We ordered a wide selection of foods: meat, duck, chicken & fish. The fish (black cod) had the most elegant presentation, and probably was the best dish. The chicken (which was not mine, but I tasted it) was stunningly so-so and the portion looked like something you would expect to see in a diner (chain), except for the "plate", which if I remember correctly, was a cast iron skillet.

        One appetizer looked really gross, it was a shrimp risotto. It looked like a bowl of white vomit. I was stunned when I saw it (and actually thought of Gordon Ramsay cursing & yelling at some poor chef wannabe). I did not taste that risotto, but the person who had ordered it, said it tasted OK.

        The amuse bouche was, ta da: pigs in a blanket. Not funny. And not good either. The crust was warm and the sausage was cold. I mean, if you want to serve that as an amuse bouche, put a little more twist in it, and heat the sausage too. The ones of us who tasted it, just shook our heads.

        The baguette was filled with some garlic & herb & fat mush that just made us think of a cheap Italian joint.

        The wine list was bad. We just could not fathom how a place like that can have such a poor selection of wines. Yes, there were some trophy wines, from off years, so I guess it "looked good" at a quick glance, but we do not care about trophy wines, and there was really not much that grabbed our attention.
        Also, the sommelier, while very nice, did not really seem to know enough about wines.

        The service was friendly, and efficient.

        The space is pretty nice, sort of upscale "country chic" - refreshingly different from all those super designed (and yet so cookie-cutter) restaurant rooms in New York today.

        We walked out of there wondering why on earth the place is so popular, especially since it is so expensive.

        I do not know how they cook their food & what they put in it -and where their ingredients are from , but my stomach was very, very unhappy and bloated after. (even though their web page proudly states: "...focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients available in farmers’ markets, paying particular attention to unusual, wild and locally grown items....", it did not feel like that in my stomach). I felt queasy. (Not from wine, I had very little of it). The next morning I was still struggling and it took me a whole day of gentle and loving care to get my stomach to calm down. Maybe it is the fats they cook the food in, who knows...?

        Overall, we were puzzled; we had heard good things about this place.

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          clembeauchamp Jan 27, 2008 07:26 AM

          Thanks, everyone, for your posts. We went on Saturday night and, like many posters here, were underwhelmed. The food was, on the whole, quite good, but the service did not live up to it. Despite having a reservation, we had to wait 45 minutes for our table. It was only when I stuck out my pregnant belly that they offered to find us a seat at the crowded bar. Service went downhill from there - everything from not getting silverware to waiting for ages to order anything to lukewarm dishes. We have no plans to return.

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            kweesee Jan 27, 2008 10:53 AM

            i went to blt market this morning for b-fast at 10am with 3 other friends. we got the parker which was toast/bakery selection + tea + juice + eggs benedict + sausage/ham/bacon. The chicken sausage I had was so dry that I took one bite and left basically 2 whole sausages on my plate. The eggs benedict did not wow me, but were not bad. The smoked salmon tasted a lil fishy. It came out to $52 per person, and it def wasn't worth the $$$$.

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              daveistrad Jan 27, 2008 08:36 PM

              Hey, just went to BLT Market earlier tonight, and was very dissapointed. Both ordered entrees (the steak and pork) were terribly overcooked and dry. We even pointed this out to the waiter, and they made no effort to accommodate or comp the meal. However, the apps were both really good (the soup and the scallop salad). And the garlic bread was amazing too. But the poorly-executed main courses killed the meal, so we left without dessert or coffee. And the veggies that came with the pork were good, but only b/c they were drenched in a rich butter sauce, so it's like cheating.

              1. Martin_Chamois Feb 10, 2008 04:56 PM

                We had an outstanding meal. See our notes:

                http://martinchamois.blogspot.com/

                "The corner of Central Park South (59th Street) and Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) that has been the home of many top International dining places is now home to a top Regional American run by top French owner/chef, Laurent Tourondel and his kitchen staff and restaurant management team. While we have not been fans of other BLT restaurants around Manhattan, we love BLT Market.

                BLT Market is the latest and perhaps the best of the Manhattan artisanal, and the locally grown farm produce restaurants featuring the best of the Hudson River Valley and Long Island purveyors. In fact we were seated next to a large table hosted by BLT Market’s meat purveyor who enjoyed celebrity status with the restaurant management and the executive chef. Yes, this is truly a restaurant that benefits from and takes advantage of the best of local food products.

                The restaurant’s style is definitely the best of the turn of the century; that is 1800 to 1900. Plenty of wood, zinc buckets, canned vegetables, bottles of honey, fresh cut flowers and wired wound incandescent lamps, as well as the photos of the little know but very important purveyors. The house tap water is served in real milk bottles. There are three dining areas, the prime room facing Central Park, the entrance room which has a bit of coffee shop feel and a more quiet room off to the right of the entrance. And being directly across the street from the Central Park horse carriages taxi stand, there is the faint smell of the horses throughout the rooms.

                We had excellent service throughout our dining. The front desk honored our reservation and reservation request for a special table. Our waiter, Sergio, was excellent. Wine service was very professional.

                We received wonderful updated versions of pigs in a blanket as our chef’s taste along with wonderful fresh, hot garlic and pesto infused baguettes. The menu is seasonal featuring produce and other ingredients available at the time. During a recent winter dining, salads were accompanied with winter seasonal produce and winter seafood. Both were outstanding. Our main courses of Amish chicken and Berkshire pork chop were very good, a reflection of a slow cooking approach. And while slow cooking has advocates, it our personal opinion that we prefer out pork chops and chickens roasted in a hot oven which produces crisper and more seared results.

                We are not dessert fans so we passed, but the desserts at adjoining tables looked old fashion and wonderful.

                The wine list was comprehensive with an excellent collection of New York, American and European wines. The prices were on the high side, when compared to other comparable restaurants. We selected the excellent Wolffer Estate Chardonnay, which was well balance with rich fruits and citrus, which complemented our seasonal dishes."

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                  David W Mar 9, 2008 07:06 AM

                  Decided to try this for myself...I wasn't thrilled with the pigs/blanket amusee-ok, but where's the suprise of updating an old idea?
                  We started with the lobster and gnocchi-pretty tasty-the gnocchi were soft and fluffy, the sauce was good as well, but a small serving (think soup bowl) was $25. The best dish of the night for me was the tagliatelle with rabbit-nice noodles, moist rabbit, same size as the lobster at $16.
                  We then moved on to the cod, which was nicely done, served with a small (spoon size) dollop of potato and a few spinach leaves...$32.
                  A special of Haddock was also good, but with a creamy sauce that was a little overwhelming...$33.
                  We also had some sort of sorbet, served with two madeleines. It actually reminded me of the spumoni at L&B in Brooklyn. The madeleines were good. $9. Coffee? $5.
                  I enjoyed this meal-there's a lot to like. The space is a little precious, with all the farm implements, the clothes pins, etc, but it is fairly roomy-some of the background music was an odd fit (Talking Heads-not too rustic). But...my meal, with 3 glasses of wine, was $188.57 before tip. Many of the serving plates are oddly shaped in a way that makes it difficult to eat-my cod was served in a pan that had sides about 6 inches deep, and the dessert was served in this high, narrow flower vase looking dish.
                  My thought as I was paying the bill was-a few blocks over and I could have been at the Nougatine room.

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