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Apr 12, 2009 07:42 AM

Organic/Farm oriented restaurants like Blue Hill at Stone Barns near north eastern NJ

I would like to go to Blue Hill at Stone Barns on a certain date but unfortunately, they are not open at that time. So I'm looking for alternatives. I live in north east Bergen county and I'm looking for restaurants like Blue Hill at Stone Barns (BHSB) that are close by (40 mile radius).

I'm looking for a restaurant that uses locally grown, farm fresh organic food. BHSB seems to be ideal but unfortunately, it can't accommodate me on that date that I want. So what alternatives are there near me?

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  1. You can try Blue Hill in NYC. It's small, but the food is just as good.

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    1. re: berna

      Thanks Berna. Any suggestions for comparable restaurants outside on Manhattan? I dread driving in, paying $50 for parking, etc.

      1. re: simshin

        Haven't been there, but Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville NY (near New Paltz - yep, a schlep) might fill the bill. Or Beso, in New Paltz itself (current under renovation and opening in early May).

    2. The Pluckemin Inn in Pluckemin, NJ might fit your requirements.

      1. I can think of two Bergen County restaurants that meet a few of your requirements.

        At Cafe Panache in Ramsey, chef-owner Kevin Kohler picks his ingredients from Abma's Farm in Wyckoff, where he essentially has free reign. Obviously this isn't the best time of year, but you probably can still find an Abma's Farm pork chop on the menu.

        Also, in season, Campania Restaurant in Fair Lawn sources most of its produce from Farms View, a farm in Wayne.

        They're not the only ones who buy local, but they seem to be the most diligent about it.

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        1. re: billpitcher

          Thank you all for your suggestions. I'm going to see if I can get reservations at Cafe Panache or Pluckemin Inn.