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Blue Hill at Stone Barns CAFE prices

anne2739 May 13, 2008 07:03 PM

Repost (sorry)--can someone advise what food choices and pricing the Blue Hill Cafe has (not the regular restaurant)? I heard even the cafe is expensive but am not sure what that really means. Thanks so much!

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  1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: anne2739 May 14, 2008 03:12 AM

    It's very casual with limited seating and no table service. I can't remember specific prices, but I don't think sandwiches are more than $10. Maybe someone else can help out who's been more recently.

    1. owlwoman RE: anne2739 May 14, 2008 06:38 AM

      Sandwiches are between $7 - $10, salad bar I believe is $12.95 per pound, but it's worth every penny. The egg salad on the salad bar is phenomenal, I took a cooking class at SB one morning and saw how they made it, the secret ingredient - creme freche, should have known. When my DH and I have lunch there, it runs around $20.00. Anyway, compared to the restaurant, the cafe is a bargain!

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        intrepid RE: owlwoman May 14, 2008 08:27 AM

        i agree the cafe is great..picnic tables outside as well sandwiches, salads, baked dessert/cakes/ etc

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          RawTunaFan RE: owlwoman May 18, 2009 09:25 AM

          I agree....the cafe prices are very reasonable and you get great food.

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            toester RE: owlwoman May 21, 2009 08:53 PM

            I LOOOVE the egg salad there! Would you mind sharing the recipe with a fellow BHSB fan?

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            The Pie Queen RE: anne2739 May 18, 2008 01:20 PM

            They started charing $5 for parking now- bummer! I used to go at least once a week with friends and our kids. To me, it's with the $5 if you are planning to tour the grounds and see some of the animals, but when I'm just stopping in for 45 minutes to have lunch at the cafe, it irks me to pay $5 to park. You can buy a membership for $75, but that also seems like a lot to me for what you get.

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              intrepid RE: The Pie Queen May 18, 2008 01:54 PM

              you can park off grounds, walk in

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                MisterBill2 RE: The Pie Queen May 18, 2008 11:38 PM

                Wow do they charge $5 even if you want to go to the farmers market? That's what, the cost of a pound of veggies.

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                  dolores RE: MisterBill2 May 19, 2008 01:57 AM

                  >>They started charing $5 for parking now


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                    DGresh RE: MisterBill2 May 19, 2008 02:45 AM

                    That would completely turn me off going to the farmer's market (prices of which are already "up there")

                2. owlwoman RE: anne2739 May 19, 2008 06:09 AM

                  I believe if you purchase something, they validate so you don't have to pay the $5.

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                    dolores RE: owlwoman May 19, 2008 06:13 AM

                    How nice of them.

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                      intrepid RE: dolores May 19, 2008 06:33 AM

                      they have done this practice in the past...to pay 5 is no big deal, the place has to be maintained, people have to be paid, etc etc... its a little cost to pay for the enhoyment of using this private facility

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                        dolores RE: intrepid May 19, 2008 06:42 AM

                        Don't their high prices for a little bit of food cover it?

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                      michele cindy RE: owlwoman May 19, 2008 06:37 AM

                      I remember that too. We purchased something in the gift shop, a small item, and they validated our ticket. It may also work if you purchase something in the cafe, but I am not sure about that.

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                        Nancy C RE: michele cindy May 17, 2009 05:33 AM

                        If they are validating with cafe and/or farmer's market purchases, I have no problem with the $5 fee. These days, folks are looking for affordable outings and time at Stone Barns with your kids wandering about looking at critters is a nice outing. But they do have to pay the operating costs here, so $5 for parking seems fair if you're not there to buy other things.

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                      steelydad RE: anne2739 May 18, 2009 09:34 AM

                      Agree food is great for what it is...my only issue is the biodegradable cutlery--it has horrible mouth feel and ruins the place for me. Aramark, the food service giant, is using the same crap at my place of work, and I can't stand it there either.

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                        jmoryl RE: anne2739 May 18, 2009 11:03 AM

                        Sheesh! I was looking forward to visiting this place, but from some of the comments here it is beginning to sound like a farming themepark for Manhattanites with more money than sense. Any other less pretentious foodie sites (farms, restaurants, etc.) in the area?

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                          i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: jmoryl May 20, 2009 02:24 AM

                          Try the Tavern up in Garrison. They use local produce and meat too, and zero pretension.

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                            jmoryl RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream May 20, 2009 09:36 AM

                            Thanks, that looks like a worthwhile place. We may be in that area this weekend, so we may give them a try.

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                              michele cindy RE: jmoryl May 20, 2009 09:59 AM

                              I wouldn't write off Stone Barn - it's interesting to see how the food is raised, and grown, maybe a bit morbid too - but it is very educational. On a nice day it's fun to walk around. The food is pretty pricey...

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                                i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: jmoryl May 20, 2009 04:34 PM

                                Do make reservations-- especially if the overflow dining area happens to be closed off for a private party, seating is extremely limited. I can't wait to get back up there.

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                              debmom RE: jmoryl May 20, 2009 07:34 AM

                              This is an experience not just a meal. It is not a place I frequent but it is worth seeing and having a meal. Enjoy!

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                              gargupie RE: anne2739 Sep 3, 2010 11:32 AM

                              Has anyone return there recently? How's the cafe food nowadays? Is it worth a 2 hour drive there? Thanks.

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                                MisterBill2 RE: gargupie Sep 3, 2010 05:45 PM

                                I don't think it was EVER worth a 2 hour drive. If you want to visit the farm, then the cafe may be worth eating at once you're there.

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                                  gargupie RE: MisterBill2 Sep 4, 2010 04:07 PM

                                  Is there anywhere in town for an affordable snack to supplement the pricey cafe meal then? Thanks.

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                                  steelydad RE: gargupie Dec 21, 2010 10:24 AM

                                  Hell no! On my visits i have had organic egg salad, very gamey locally grown chicken salad, and some fine fresh baked cookies. OK if you are hiking on the grounds or are taking the kiddies to see the animals. But if you are going to drive 2 hours, eat at the Restaurant at Stone Barns.

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