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Mar 31, 2011 01:00 PM

less expensive alternative to blue hill at stone barns?

Hi everyone!
I would like to take my roommate who is very into organic/ farm to table dining to a special birthday meal soon! Blue Hill at stone barns looks perfect except $100/ person is too pricey for us (we are in medical school). Does anyone have any suggestions for New York area farms with wonderful food? We go to Mount Sinai so will be coming from Manhattan, we have access to a car or metronorth and would love to pair it with hiking or farmer's markets beforehand! We are total foodies and are open to any suggestions! Thanks!

Blue Hill Cafe
2427 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

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  1. I'm a big fan of Tavern in Garrison. They and their sister restaurant Valley get some of their produce from their own farm, and many of their other ingredients come from local sources. Tavern is more casual and has really pretty grounds (it's on a golf course and the new enclosed stone patio seating area abuts a lovely garden). You could also do Valley, but because dinner might break your budget (and honestly, I found it a little stuffy and formal at dinnertime) you could try their Sunday brunch. I bet it's very pretty there in the daytime. Garrison has some interesting shops and there are nearby markets you could visit too. I'm sure there are some outdoorsy activities nearby too. Have fun!

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    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

      Sweetgrass Grill in Tarrytown has a farm to table MO. The reviews at the beginning have been mixed, but lately I hear that they got their act together.

      1. re: menton1

        In my experience, Sweetgrass Grill has been just the opposite - great at first and getting poorer with each visit.

        1. re: menton1

          I think we are going to go stick for a dinner in Manhattan since the weather looks so bad for this weekend. We are going to La Palma and I can update you on that meal if anyone is interested (organic italian food in a very homey atmosphere in Greenwich Village).
          We were also considering Farm on Adderley in BK, but I think that's too far. It looks great though! Thanks for all the replies :)

          La Palma Restaurant
          69 S Main St Unit A, Freeport, NY 11520

      2. The food at The Schoolhouse in Cannondale in Wilton, CT would definitely fit your request. Local ingredients fill their menu, and the attention to detail is amazing (ie., serving the salad with a cold fork). For hiking, check out the Greenwich Audubon. I know, I know, this is the NY Board, but it's in the area.

        You could also try Ward Pound Ridge Reservation for hiking, and a great, casual bite at Mariani Gardens in Armonk.

        Not too many farmer's markets open yet, except for the one on Anderson Hill Road next to Pepsi headquarters in Purchase, which is only open on Tuesdays.

        Have fun!

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        1. re: byramgirl

          Byramgirl, do you think The Schoolhouse is significantly less expensive than Blue Hill at Stone Barns? I haven't been to Blue Hill, but I was pretty taken aback (a few years ago, so maybe prices have changed?) by how expensive The Schoolhouse was. Plus, it's in a fairly adorable setting, but I wouldn't describe it as a a farm setting.

          You live in the area of The Schoolhouse(and we won't rat you out for mentioning something in CT on this board LOL ), so your knowledge of this place undoubtedly surpasses mine.

          1. re: Elisa515

            The last few times I've dined there have been on Thursday nights when they do a 4-course menu for $35 per-person with the option of wine paring, which I believe is $65. Not bad at all, but I haven't ordered off the regular menu in awhile, so I can't comment on those prices.

            Another option is to go to the cafe at BHSB for a snack and the farm setting, and eat somewhere else for dinner. Cannot go wrong with Iron Horse Grill in Pleasantville.

            Iron Horse Grill
            20 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville, NY 10570

            1. re: byramgirl

              Schoolhouse is by no means an inexpensive resto but it is by far less expensive
              then BHSB. Also the food at Schoolhouse IMO is better (by far)! Also check out the special dinners held at Millstone Farm in Wilton. They do awesome farm dinners with local chefs.

        2. Pretty hard to compete w an operation w greenhouses this time of year. I doubt you can find a close alternative.