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Mar 13, 2008 11:29 AM

HELP! Blue Hill or Little Owl

I am taking out my boyfriend for his 29th birthday and have reservations at both Blue Hill and Little Owl. WHICH TO CHOOSE!! Things to consider: noice level (it is a friday night), food, service, cost (as in not worth the money), anything else. Thanks in advance!!

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  1. totally different places. little owl is a bit cramped but cozy, relatively lively and loud but not roaring loud like some other places. food is fine but definitely not the best youll ever have. they just do 'west village nook' very well.

    blue hill is much more subtle, quieter, older crowd, cleaner...i was never wowed by the food here. for a celebration, id rather do something like fleur de sel which i enjoyed quite a bit recently.

    5 Replies
    1. re: sam1

      Interesting suggestion. thanks sam1. Anyone else have a thought? Do you think we would feel too young at Blue Hill?

      1. re: dec132

        Blue Hill.
        Just my humble opinion.

        1. re: idia

          I agree, Blue Hill. I just don't see Lil Owl being a great birthday restaurant spot. Better for casual dinners and brunch.

        2. re: dec132

          i don't think you'd feel completely out of your element at Blue far as i can recall, we're talking diners in their late 30s and early 40s for the most part, not a greybeard crowd (not that there's anything wrong with that!) and my overall experience has been better at Blue Hill.

          1. re: david sprague

            agree wtih DS.

            just note blue hill is not exactly spacious! but food is top notch

      2. I don't think you can go wrong with either. As someone mentioned, they are different types of atmospheres, but both are great in their own right. Little Owl may have a younger crowd, but I think Blue Hill's food might be a tad better.