Blue Hill is booked. Destination fine dining outside of NYC?
Blue Hill is booked. So where to go for the big "getaway from nyc" anniversary dinner?
What is amazing an hour or or two in any direction? Price not a big consideration. Hamptons? Anything north? South? Something memorable! THANK YOU ALL!
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The question might be better posted on the Outer Boroughs / NJ / CT boards, but off the top of my head:
Elements (Princeton) - Chef formerly worked at the Ryland Inn (NJ's answer to BHSB) under the legendary Craig Shelton, which eventually collapsed. Many have spoken lovingly of the Chef's Table / Tasting Menu
Speaking of which, The Ryland Inn has actually re-opened under new ownership with a new chef and has been getting strong reviews. Lovely location. (Not sure if they still offer helicopter service from NYC like they did in the boom years, though...)
Have some fun during the day, hit up a couple of seafood shacks for lunch. A good one-two is lobster rolls at Lobster Landing in Clinton, followed by a visit to Clam Castle which is about ten minutes away - a typical coastal shack that happens to count Jacques Pepin as a regular. Then head on to one of the finer establishments for dinner:
Thomas Henkelmann at The Homestead Inn - no tasting menu listed on the website, but call them. Pretty sure they had one, might be something they do by request.
The Restaurant On20 (Hartford) - playful, somewhat modernist. Tasting menus I think by request with advance notice.
Winvian - Chef used to work for Ducasse & Boulud, on-site garden for most produce (if not as extensive as BHSB's...)
There's also a pretty hot food scene in Philly - little further, but not too long a trip via NJ Transit / Septa. You could really make a day or two of it out there: The Farm and Fisherman, Marigold Kitchen, and of course Vetri.
Yeah, it depends on what you are looking for. I personally prefer the laidback atmosphere at the bar at BHSB and would be perfectly happy celebrating an anniversary there (and am actually planning on doing so this year) but if you're looking for a formal dining experience it won't hit that mark.
How about Equus Restaurant @ Castle on the Hudson, Tarrytown? You can get a train at Grand Central. The castle is about 100 years old and strangely enough, it was recently bought by a Japanese enterprise, hence the restaurant's chef is a Japanese, who cooks French/ New American style cuisine. Food was pretty solid.