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Blue Hill/Stone Barns OR Basement Bistro

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

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

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

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            1. re: wincountrygirl

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

            2. 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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              1. re: applesauce23

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

                1. re: wincountrygirl

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


                  1. re: applesauce23

                    Thanks! Its sounds amazing but frustrating!

              2. 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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                1. re: JeremyEG

                  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...