I have wanted to try Blue Ribbon for some time, particularly for its famous late night dinner. After my oldest son and I went to see the play "Sleep No More" (a play downtown) and having a couple of Absinthe cocktails at the play (and starting to see the green fairies the drink promises) we hit the restaurant around 11:00 p.m. The place is infamous for its open hous of 4 p.m. until 4 a.m. and its no reservations unless 5 or more policy. It was packed, which worked out great because we got to sit at the bar next to the gentleman who was in charge of the raw bar. We started the evening off with the Bone Marrow & Marmalade served with toast points and sea salt. Just decadent and just what was called for after the two glasses of absinthe (the green fairies slowly melted away into the night). We struck up a conversation with the bartender and the raw bar chef and they thought it pretty cool for a father/son evening in the big city. The next thing we knew was we got to try some of the varities of oysters. It was a real education of the different tast, textures and nuances involvedfrom region to region. For our mains I ordered the Sweetbreads with Arugula, Wild Mushrooms and Carrot. My son ordered the Pigeon with Toasted Barley, Sweet Potato and Apple. Both dishes were cooked perfectly. So it is nearly 1:00 a.m. but we finished the evening with two glasses of MacCallan, 18 yr. Highlands Scotch. A short cab ride to our 46th street hotel and I slept in until almost 10 a.m. A great evening. One for the books.
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