A Revisit: Blue Hill Stone Barns

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 5comments No tags Permalink 0

Sunday lunch at Blue Hill Stone Barns. This second visit wasn’t nearly as magical as the first. But it was still fun. And truly delicious. For those who haven’t been to Stone Barns, go. But for those who have gone, I don’t necessarily think it warrants a second visit. It’s too much of the same, little changes. This time around there were noticeably fewer amuses, a waitress who spoke so fast no one could understand. She also didn’t present the raw eggs or grains like they did the last time around – small things like that make all the difference and I couldn’t help comparing everything to last time. I also couldn’t help but compare this to Eleven Madison Park (lunch is around the same price), where each visit seems to get better and better.

Lunch is $88 for 4-courses, plus a $16 supplement for the cheese course. Below, photos. A few select favorites from the meal. For the entire photo set, click here.

First of many bites. Smoked kale, fried green beans, pancetta and sage. There were shots of “V-9“, those beet burgers, sesame seed-crusted salsify. Cured meats and of course the vegetables – love that presentation. We received a serving of fried green beans twice, but missed the chocolate and liver sandwiches spotted at different tables.

11-grain brioche with swiss chard marmalade and fresh ricotta

Beet salad…followed by “this morning’s egg.”

Diners at the table next to us received bone marrow. I was envious, you bet. So I asked our waitress about it, and following the main meat course, this was presented for our table to share. Sturgeon caviar and bone marrow. My favorite savory “course” of the meal. You never get what you don’t ask for.

The cheese course

Goat’s milk caramel, biscuit, apples, and vanilla bean ice cream. A second dessert of peanut butter ice cream with concord grapes and chocolate. Red fief cupcakes to finish.

They’ve done away with the fresh herb cart (which usually runs until late November), so only dried herbs are available now. Drinking a blend of chamomile and mint.

A little walk/tour around the farm before heading back to Manhattan. A million turkeys, meaty Berkshire pigs, sheep and rams, and the cutest sheepdog in town.

  • anonymous
    November 30, -0001

    How does this restaurant work? Do different tables get different courses or does one choose the four courses?

  • anonymous
    November 9, 2011

    Oh my gosh… I wouldn't be able to muster up the strength to spend $88 on lunch… JUST for myself. Perhaps for a special occasion… but a casual everyday lunch… hm… … … I would go broke very quickly!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 10, 2011

    Hi Stephanie! This was definitely a nice planned lunch – we had to make reservations two months in advance. Though I surely wish I could afford $88 for casual lunches…what a life that would be!! :)Hi Su-Lin! Lunch is 4-courses, but the kitchen always decides what to send out, so you end up getting slightly different courses for different tables. You just have to tell them if you're allergic to anything or if there's certain types of foods that you prefer not to eat.

  • anonymous
    November 10, 2011

    Sunday was my first visit and it was magical, not because the food was better than anything I've ever eaten, but just the whole experience: the sunny pastures, the wonderful service, the relaxed pace, the presentation, the quality… I'm already dying to go back!

  • anonymous
    November 10, 2011

    Ah… that makes a difference :) Planned spending is very different from spontaneous spending!

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