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Oct 10, 2008 12:23 PM

Blue Hill: Stone Barns or NYC?

Hello, does anyone know what (or if there is) a difference between the NYC and Stone Barns restaurants? I know they have two different chefs, but I haven't been able to find a review that compares them. Any help would be appreciated. I have a reservation at Stone Barns for my boyfriend's birthday next week, but it is late at night and I'm wondering if it makes more sense to try to get in at the City location. Thanks!

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  1. I would recommend you go to Stone Barns only if you have time to go earlier to tour the grounds when there is still sunlight. That part to me made the meal, checking out the animal pens and greenhouses.

    1. I have eaten at both for special occasions - the Manhattan Blue Hill for Valentine's Day, an engagement party for a friend, etc. and at Stone Barns the night I got engaged. Stone Barns feels to me much more like a "special occasion", if for no other reason that it's not in Manhattan (which, if you live in Westchester, might make the reverse true). I thought the space was much nicer - given the locale, it's obviously much bigger and tables are further apart, making it less noisy. I also preferred the food at Stone Barns, though I believe that when I was there it was under their former chef who is now at Gramercy Tavern.

      You can't go wrong with either, and I would hazard that the food is "comparable" at both, but Stone Barns is a unique place, whereas Blue Hill Manhattan is more similar to any of the other 30-50 places in Manhattan that serve haute American cuisine, in my opinion.

      1. They are two completely different places. Vibe is very different. For one, Stone Barns is a farm, and the Manhattan restaurant is in a town house. I love the intimacy of the Manhattan restaurant. Plus, Dan Barber cooks in Manhattan during the week, and at Stone Barns on the weekends.

        1. Tough question. I think if it's late night, the ride home is kind of a downer. We had a late night reservation and had a car service taking us back to the city - not such a fun way to end the evening. However, in terms of food, I thought both were phenomenal, with a slight edge towards SB.

          1. A few points-SB doesn't have a menu-they ask you if there's anything you do or don't like, but it's based on what's on hand that day. The city location does have a menu.
            The city location does get things from the farm, and the concept is the same-I'd give a slight nod to the SB location overall, but I've only eaten there on the weekend.
            You don't say how you are getting to SB-if you are taking the train, look very carefully at the train times returning home-the tasting menu at SB can take awhile (in the 3-4 hour range) and you really don't want to miss that last train.
            I've eaten at SB after dark, and while it is still a wonderfull place, it's nothing compared to a daytime visit (or early evening, depending on the time of year) when you can get a sense of the place. It is very dark once night falls-you won't see much.
            So, I think I'd go for the city location, and save SB for another time (note that you can have lunch there on Sunday.)