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Jul 28, 2010 01:54 PM

Blue Hill (W Village) or Degustation?

Would you go to Blue Hill in West Village or Degustation for a 10th wedding anniversary. The goal being to have a memorable evening? Thanks in advance!

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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  1. 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?

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    1. re: kathryn

      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.

      1. re: southorangefoodie

        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.

        Blue Hill
        75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

    2. 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.

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      1. re: chewbie

        Thank you all. I decided to go with Degustation. The feedback was great! thanks again.

        on another note, I just cancelled reservations for 2 at Blue Hill for 6 pm ;-)

        Blue Hill
        75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011