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What to order at Blue Hill?

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realhiphop Jul 21, 2010 10:31 AM

I'm going to Blue Hill next week. I'm looking for any suggestions on what to order so that I will have the best possible meal!

The Hudson Valley Duck sounds great.

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Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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    comiendosiempre Aug 6, 2010 07:43 PM

    Not sure if you have gone to Blue Hill yet, though by the date of the OP you may well have.

    As some others have noted, below, Blue Hill receives decidedly mixed reviews. We were a number of friends and went to BH a few weeks back. It was, without doubt, one of the worst dining experiences we have had in NYC. The food was simply poor. Across the board, except for the excellent bread and butter. Service was good.

    The portions are tiny. I don't mean "gee, I probably eat too much so a small portion would be Ok" I mean tiny, as in "where is the food?" Is the restaurant trying to make a point? That Americans are too obese? Do they want to save money and serve the smallest portions in Manhattan? But, if so, then why do they use such large plates, it only highlights the fact there is no food on the plate.

    A soft shell crab app was $20. Smallest crab that the Good Lord likely ever put on this earth. Two bites, that was it. Nothing special, at all. Other dishes were similar, though they suffered from lack of taste, too much pepper, or simply poor conception. We left hungry, frustrated and substantially poorer for the experience.

    I know the restaurant does well, and its often hard to get a table. Why that is the case I know not. It is one of the few high end dining establishments we have walked out of in NYC and said "never ever again."

    Good luck.

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    Blue Hill
    75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: comiendosiempre
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      mlc66 Aug 6, 2010 08:04 PM

      Wow. I haven't had the chance to write up my review from last Friday night yet, but I had so much the opposite experience from you and gutsofsteel. I hope the OP did go and that they enjoyed their dinner. We had a great experience and I was definitely more than full when I left (and I'm not a petite diner).

      I'll add my link here after I get a chance to write up further details.

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      duckie Jul 23, 2010 05:36 PM

      Fooder's right. Do the tasting menu if you have a few hours. It is a good value and you can taste the full range of what's good right now. But it can take a while since the kitchen is small and slow.

      If you do not have time, the Berkshire pork is my personal favorite on the current menu. Everyone always talks up the farm egg. It's good, but I'm not that blown away by the current preparation. The salads are amazing if you are the type of person who appreciates the taste of greens.

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        realhiphop Jul 26, 2010 06:57 AM

        Is the farmers feast being referred to available at the NYC location?

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          duckie Jul 26, 2010 08:47 AM

          Yes, it's available at the New York City location on Washington Place. My only concern would be the timing, since it does take a while for the courses to come out. Make sure you go with good company or a good book if you are eating alone.

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            piegirl74 Jul 26, 2010 10:16 AM

            Really? I had the tasting menu in the fall and it didn't take that long. Maybe an hour from ordering to the final course. At some places I would think that's a long time, but for a tasting menu at this type of place it's pretty average. I definitely wouldn't do a tasting menu anywhere if I had somewhere to be afterwards (theater, etc).

            I can't really make any recommendations, since I ate there in the fall and the offerings will be entirely different for summer. (though, at the time, the farm egg was heavenly).

            Everything was delicious during our visit (did the farmer's tasting: one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian) and we are having our wedding lunch there as a result of our dinner experience.

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              gutsofsteel Jul 26, 2010 10:20 AM

              An hour for a tasting menu is VERY fast. Too fast. Then again, every time I've gone to Blue Hill I have felt that the portions were meager and the courses too few.

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              Blue Hill
              75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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                realhiphop Jul 26, 2010 11:55 AM

                I'm looking to keep this conversation on course. What do you guys recommend at Blue Hill NYC?

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                Blue Hill
                75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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                  gutsofsteel Jul 26, 2010 12:05 PM

                  Order plenty of food so you don't leave hungry. :-)

      2. daffyduck Jul 22, 2010 11:42 PM

        are you talking about blue hill at stone barns or the one in the village? i jsut had a meal at stone barns but since this is a manhattan tread i assume you mean the one in the village?

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          realhiphop Jul 23, 2010 06:28 AM

          Referring to the one in the village.

          Looking for some recs!

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            gutsofsteel Jul 24, 2010 06:03 AM

            While I adore Blue Hill Stone Barns, I am not a fan of Blue Hill NYC.

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            Blue Hill
            75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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          fooder Jul 22, 2010 09:07 PM

          The farmer's feast is always good and gets you the most "extras"
          Any egg dish is a must.

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            JeremyEG Jul 22, 2010 08:03 PM

            We went to Blue Hill Stone Barns a little over a month ago and did the tasting. Not sure how many of the dishes might be available a la carte.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7140...

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            Blue Hill
            75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

            1. daffyduck Jul 21, 2010 11:35 PM

              never been but here are a few recs
              http://www.alwayshungryny.com/reviews/blue-hill/
              and
              http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...
              i think i read somewhere that their chocolate bread pudding is really good.

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                atjsfo Jul 21, 2010 11:13 PM

                Let us know what you ordered and how it was. I'm strongly considering dinner at Blue Hill during my upcoming trip in September. Thanks and good luck.

                Tony

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                Blue Hill
                75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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