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Blue Hill/Stone Barns OR Basement Bistro

lfkohn Jun 14, 2010 03:22 PM

Acknowledging that it is difficult to get reservations at both Blue Hill/Stone Barns and at Basement Bistro....and I only have the time and patience to try to get resys at one....for which one should I bust my arse to get reservations?

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    bob gaj RE: lfkohn Jun 14, 2010 04:25 PM

    you've got a MUCH better chance at getting resys at BHSB.

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      links42 RE: lfkohn Jun 14, 2010 05:43 PM

      Agree with Bob G. Not hard at all to get reso at BHSB. Dosen't live up to the hype in our opinion. Basement Bistro tough to get a reso but in it's own league and worth the wait.

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        DGresh RE: lfkohn Jun 15, 2010 03:48 AM

        Agree with others. It's mildly difficult to get reservations at BHSB, but not really if you just plan ahead. BB is in another league entirely. You have to have an angel or two to intervene on your behalf! Personally I've been to both; and the cost at BHSB is about 2x BB, and is simply not justified in my mind. My husband and I had a 5 hour meal at BB two years ago, and were absolutely blown away. BHSB, I felt like I was a bit robbed.

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          rrems RE: lfkohn Jun 15, 2010 08:20 PM

          If you can be very flexible with your dates/times, you may be able to get into BB (think mid-week). It is well worth it.

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            wincountrygirl RE: lfkohn Jun 16, 2010 03:37 AM

            I have no idea where this Basement Bistro is - where is Earlton?

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              DGresh RE: wincountrygirl Jun 16, 2010 03:59 AM

              Pretty far away from the NY metro area; up near albany.

            2. applesauce23 RE: lfkohn Jun 16, 2010 05:57 AM

              I tried making reservations at Basement Bistro last July. They called back with a last minute slot in August, but, silly me, I had tickets to a ballgame that night and couldn't go. I just checked their website yesterday to see if I could get reservations for this August, but they have a note saying that there is now a 1-2 year waiting list. Sigh.

              I would think that BHSB would be your best bet at this point...

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                wincountrygirl RE: applesauce23 Jun 16, 2010 07:16 AM

                Is this place THAT good, or is there just nothing else in the area? Is it worth a trip up from Westchester?

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                  applesauce23 RE: wincountrygirl Jun 16, 2010 07:36 AM

                  you can check out this thread for info...it sounds pretty darn amazing:


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                    wincountrygirl RE: applesauce23 Jun 16, 2010 09:19 AM

                    Thanks! Its sounds amazing but frustrating!

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                JeremyEG RE: lfkohn Jun 16, 2010 06:04 PM

                We just had an incredible experiences at BHSB.


                Prior to that, we always found it a bit too 'safe' and very expensive. This was expensive but unbelievable.

                I haven't heard of Basement Bistro but it sounds like it's not that easy to get in!

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                  cubanat RE: JeremyEG Jun 17, 2010 10:48 AM

                  Thanks for the OP for turning me onto this spot. I'm on the waiting list at BB! Just reading about it and then getting a call back from Terrance made the experience better then my 2 times at BHSB. I guess now I will patiently wait my turn. Will report back...

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