Blue Hill (W Village) or Degustation?
For a unique / memorable experience and based on creative, delicious food I'd go with Degustation. My wife and I dine out frequently and don't actively seek out restaurants based solely on romantic ambiance, not because we don't like romance every now and then but I guess we just prioritize food. That said, I don't think Degustation is particularly romantic, but probably more romantic than "counter-seating" sounds. It's dimly lit, relatively quiet despite open kitchen and other diners in close proximity and it feels intimate. Plus, I think the food is superior to the BH that's in the W. Village.
I think it really depends what you prefer more: Spanish influenced small plates with items like croquettas, shellfish, tomatoes, etc. or farm-to-table cooking based upon whatever's in season when you dine (I'm assuming you want to do it soon/before the first frost so you reap the benefits of summer produce).
Were you planning on a tasting menu? Do you think counter seating with an open kitchen is romantic or not?
All excellent questions Kathryn! I can go with either atmosphere and food really. I want something memorable. I've read on here that portions are very small at blue Hill. I'm not a big fan of leaving a restaurant hungry.
i'm going tonight (yes, have reservations at both- Degustation was a backup). I would not think of counter seating with open kitchen as romantic..but I might be surprised.
Wife and I did the $50 tasting menu at Degustation a few weeks ago and while we enjoyed the food (with some real standouts eg. the cold almond soup), I was still hungry when we left. If we go again I would get the longer version.
Dined at Blue Hill a few years ago and don't remember the same complaint.
Both are great in my opinion. BH is a bit more formal/traditional. Degustation has the 'sushi bar' setup where you sit side by side admiring the kitchen in action while you dine.
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