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“Two Words....."THE BEST" !!”

Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Transit: Metro North from Grand Central Station to Tarrytown Station. Taxi cab are available at the station to reach the restaurant.
Reviewed February 11, 2013

There is a reason that Blue Hill at Stone Barns in on everybody Top 20 list of Restaurants in the United States. I've eaten at many of these restaurants and, in my estimation, this one tops of the list.

Let me begin with the decor! The restaurant is on the former Rockefeller Estate. It is on THE MOST BEAUTIFUL grounds and the structures are gorgeous.

The service is amazing. I've never experienced better service.

The food is fresh beyond belief. Try it....you'll be a believer!

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2  Thank adamlipson
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

The food is very good and the restaurant is elegant and beautifully appointed. However, I found it yo be quite pretentious and very expensive. There are are equally good restaurants in Westchester that felt more comfortable to me. I am not rushing to go back

Thank lhoff33
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

This is the second time that we have eaten here. The first time we took a couple here for their anniversary and we were sorely disappointed. We took another couple here at their request so we decided to see if anything has changed. Well the restaurant is beautiful, the service is excellent, but the food is ordinary. Four of us did the 5 course tasting menu, and the food was just okay. The gnocchi better than most, but not to die for, the venison was cold and tasteless. The dessert good but nothing to write home about. The only thing that we found extraordinary was the bread! Over $500.00 for the meal with one bottle of wine, would not go back for the bread, SORRY but don't see what people are raving about!

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Thank Linda E
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Well we finally got there last night after several tries of "no room at the inn." The trick that did it was going SuperBowl night. As almost all the other reviewers, the place is stunning, the service impeccable, the food original, the experience unforgettable.

Before getting to the food, here's how smooth the operation is. Pull up to the entry, where the parking attendant checks you off against the reservation list and gives you the usual ticket for your car. Eat, enjoy, pay the bill and start to walk out. As you approach the reception area, a person is waiting, holding your coat and another standing there with your take home bag in hand. So smooth, you could slide into your coat without missing your stride. Walk out the driveway, and as you approach your car rolls up, warmed up with the seat heat on. The ticket you got for your car never left your pocket, it was all on autopilot. So now we know how it feels to be really rich.

The service is precise, on the moment, and yet at the same time unobtrusive. With every serving, the table is fully cleared, the plates and silverware disappear until the new set-up arrives moments before the food. So between eating, you have the expanse of white linen to look at with just the wine glasses and floral decorations remaining. The tables are oversize enough to feel spacious, and far enough from each other to have your space feel roomy. Middle of the room has a tree sculputre with clean panels that move with the air. They reflect light, they glisten on the glasses, the room sublty sparkles. The servers are personable, knowlegeable, competent and attentive.

As to the food, the choice is simply 5, 8, or 12 courses. The server asks of any allergies, dietary restrictions, or anything you might not want to have. Last night we were asked how we felt about having animal ofal and we were OK with that. The event begins with an array of finger-food amuses, small and fun. These are not the kind of things you'd expect to eat with fingers, but our guess was that the message was don't be afraid to get into your food. After that, every plate is a bit of orginal magic, perfect in its preparation and presentation. Of the 8 courses we had, only one was a choice we would not have made had we been able to order from a menu.

Still reading... so what could possibly be the rub? With all this pefection all around, the food seems just a bit stillted and pehaps just on the edge or pretentious. Some nibble veggies arrived on a serving board atop of spikes and others hanging on a miniature tree. Pick them off and enjoy. Then there was the hollowed bone suspended above a serving platter that had been filled with marrow and roe. Narrow spoons were supplied to scoop and eat. A micro hamburger the size of a large watch arrived on top of what for that size burger would be a pretty tall pedestal. Not that there was one single thing wrong with the burger, it just seemed like stunt to see how small a slider could be made and how cutely it could be presented. Most of the other course presentations were normal, but then why talk about those.

So as we were driving home, we trying to put this into some perspective. The best we could come up with that the restaurant was aimed at the "bucket list" collectors. And the clientele, no different than us, looked the part. Enjoying, but not quite fitting in, celebrating an event, or checking out a once in a lifetime experience. Would they be back, only a maybe, and that goes for us as well. The hint of this is when you get the reservation, they tell you this is a formal restaurant and gentlemen should be wearing jackets and ties. About half comply.

As to cost, going middle of the road with the 8-course for two and 4 glasses of wine, the bill including tax, tips was just under $500.

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1  Thank NYorkAl
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

8 courses of taste sensation with matching wines. We were looked after impeccably by knowledgeable yet discrete staff serving fresh food and unique tastes. Who could ever imagine a slow roasted carrot could taste like that? - delicious. A truly memorable meal with family in a beautiful risk setting

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1  Thank toitoi53
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