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Sep 12, 2013 03:47 PM

Destination Dining Outside NYC

Looking for an overnighter somewhere outside NYC. Something like Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Not only looking for a memorable meal but a nice place that we can enjoy (just us 2)

A) Is Blue Hills worth the schlep

B) Is there something else I'm overlooking. Perhaps Earth at [forgot the name]?

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  1. There is always weekends in Lambertville, NJ or across the river in New Hope PA. Plenty of B&B's and quaint inns. Another option, and a personal favorite, is staying at the Bernards Inn, in Bernardsville, NJ. The Inn in a world class boutique hotel that also has a five star restaurant. I recommend trying to get reservations at 90 Acres at Natirar, which is located in neighboring Peapack/Gladstone. Natirar, is a gilded age 500 acre estate and mansion formerly owned by the King of Morocco. The Natirar estate, now a park, set high atop a mountain, has views that are truly breathtaking. The entire area has many historic sites. I guarantee a weekend spent at the Bernards Inn and dinner at 90 Acres will truly be memorable. I also recommend the "Bring Me Food" option for dinner, it is outstanding. The culinary center at Natirar also hosts cooking classes, so you may want to look into that for your saturday enjoyment if you are so inclined.

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    1. re: PuniceaRana

      Not trying to be argumentative, but living in NJ and splitting balance of time between Philadelphia and NY - I wouldn't recommend 90 acres or Bernards Inn as a destination restaurant.

      Both are good, especially considering other local options. Maybe even destination worthy within their respective areas of NJ.

      But coming from NYC, I think you'd be slightly disappointed in the food. Not that its bad; but in relative terms...

      I second Northfolk or Blue Hill. Or Basement Bistro (iirc?) if you are super lucky or willing to make a weekend of it. Or head up to Maine and do White Barn Inn and Arrows ?(though I didn't care too much for latter my two times there, I am in minority)

      1. When? Blue Hill Stone Barns books 2 months in advance and is pretty popular spring through fall, when there's a wider variety of produce.

        Right now, I see this coming Friday 9/13 available, and then a big gap... Nothing until 10/31 for a party of 2 on OpenTable.

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        1. re: kathryn

          This discussion belongs on the New York State board, of course, but you'll find people on that board who are knowledgeable about eating at Blue Hill Stone Barns without all that fuss (long ahead reservations).

          1. re: Elisa515

            How else would you get a table for two? This is what I assume is a romantic getaway type of thing, so they will be taking the train up from Manhattan and getting a hotel room for one night, getting dressed up, and will want a reservation (and not wait for seats at the bar). Maybe I'm wrong.

            1. re: kathryn

              As I said, the answer is on the New York State board.

              I haven't been to BHSB, but there are lots of alternative but romantic options there, from what I've read on that board.

              I have lots of answers for the OP, but none of them belong on the Manhattan board.

        2. There's a NYS board? I suppose I should explore the boards a bit more ;)

          But I would still like to get the perspective of New Yorkers here if something is worthy of leaving the city.

          I don't have a particular time frame but was hoping to take advantage of the faliage. The reason you see availability for this Friday Kathryn may have something to do with Yom Kippur. If I missed the boat time or ingredient wise than I can wait till the spring I suppose. I'm not in a rush.
          We do have a car so we are flexible, and yes if I go up there to eat in BHSB I need to be sure I'm eating in BHSB. Alternatives aren't an option.

          Thanks for the other suggestions

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            1. re: chompchomp

              This was a great read thanks. Need to review my options now.
              Amazing what we have to go through in order to eat Farm to Table. As oppose to Italy or France where you can just go home.

            2. re: Ziggy41

              The three best meals I've had in the tri-state area outside the city were at Blue Hill Stone Barns (been twice), North Fork Table and Inn (been once) and LeFarm in Westport, CT. That one is 20 mins from my house so we go often. More casual than the other two with less refined service but the food is phenomenal.

            3. there's xaviers in piermont