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Blue Hill Stone Barns private table? [630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, New York]

PorkyBelly Sep 22, 2013 10:57 AM

I've noticed a few reviewers have been led to a private table in a shed for a few course during their tasting menu. Has anybody experienced this? Can you request it or is it just for VIPs and bloggers?

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    trakman Sep 22, 2013 07:38 PM

    Where is this place, please?

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    1. re: trakman
      Elisa515 Sep 22, 2013 08:34 PM

      Pocantico Hills. It gets written about at least once weekly on this board.

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      MRS Sep 23, 2013 06:12 PM

      I don't know about a "shed". I do know that they had been offering a 4 seat private in kitchen dining experience with the chef where you watch it all happen and the chef is essentially your server. I was going to "gift" it to my nephew for his bar mitzvah b/c he is soooo into cooking.
      I know quite know how readily available this is, or if they decided to continue with it as I had asked in May/June .

      1. Gonzo70 Dec 1, 2013 06:35 PM

        I have done the kitchen table experience twice and both times have been amazing experiences - in fact I would say they are my two best meals ever. With the kitchen table you spend a majority of the meal dining literally inside the kitchen, but they do move you around some. When we did this during a warm time of year we started with cocktails and canapes outdoors, had the savory courses in the kitchen and for dessert were led to what was an old manure barn (likely what you are referring to as the shed); they had it beautifully lit with tons of candles and it was such a romantic, intimate experience. Outside of those dining at the kitchen table I am not sure who else receives this experience or if they try to accommodate requests.

        When we recently did the kitchen for a second time (with the weather considerably colder) we started with cocktails at the bar area, had the canapes and most savories in the kitchen, for the final savory were moved to an enclosed room off the dining room with floor to ceiling windows looking outdoors - again lit with candles, they then took us outside for s'mores and then back to the kitchen for the dessert courses.

        The kitchen table experience is pricier than the standard meal, but is such an incredible, memorable, unique experience I strongly recommend partaking. Both times the assistant general manager was our personal server for the night but we also had lots of interaction with the wine director and the chefs. Everybody we encountered were wonderful people and they really try to customize the experience to the individuals. You can do the kitchen table with a party of 2 to 4 people.

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        1. re: Gonzo70
          mla19 Dec 4, 2013 09:45 AM

          Wow this sounds so great. I've eaten at BHSB a handful of times and was already (daydreaming) planning ahead a few years to celebrate a big birthday there. Too bad the kitchen experience is limited to 4 people. Would need room for 6. :-(

          1. re: Gonzo70
            PorkyBelly Dec 4, 2013 02:53 PM

            We didn't do the kitchen table but got invited to sit in the kitchen for one course after we finished our canapes in the main dining room. We also got led outside and stood near the grill for s'mores during dessert.

            1. re: PorkyBelly
              Gonzo70 Jan 17, 2014 12:25 PM

              Just an update; Blue Hill at Stone Barns has discontinued the kitchen table experience and is now trying to get those ordering the longer of the tasting menus (the Grazing, Pecking Rooting menu) into the kitchen for a course. I am bummed the full meal in the kitchen is no longer available since I loved that experience so much, but at least a much larger number of people will be able to enjoy a course in the kitchen each night.

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