Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Look over in the lower left hand corner of this photo.  See the two chopstick-esque items in a slate block?  Those are our two amuse bouch; of fresh asparagus grown right on the Storm Barns farm property, and covered in a seasame sead and some type of sweet sauce mixture.  They were crisp and fresh… so fressh in fact that you could taste the mositure in the center.

Storm King, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

Just the thing to get you excited about the meal you’re about to have prepared for you!

(And those flowers too! See in the center of the table… perfect little wildflowers from the farm with sprigs of lavender thrown in. And the candle is fashioned from a bull hoof!)

So our trip was officially in celebration of my birthday….not just ANY birthday I might add….but my 30th (!) birthday!  And with age comes introspection….well enough to sagely advise that we trek to the foodie haven during the course of Restaurant Week to avoid any undue expense.  (Oh, but who are we kidding, I would have gladly given any one of your first born children PLUS a Benjamin$ to eat at Blue Hill Stone Barns!)

The way Blue Hill is set up, you order from either of two menu options.  The first lets you select 2 of the menu items plus a dessert and wine etc.  The second lets you select 4 menu items plus a dessert and wine etc. 

We went with option no. 1.  First, the salads:Blue Hill at Stone Barns, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

Close-up you can see that Aimee’s salad had delicate little edible flowers in it.  Here she’s holding one up to the camera….(yes, true, a bit hard to see…damn, damn focus…):Blue Hill at Stone Barns-flowers in the salad, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

While photos are allowed in the restaurant, flash is not. 
I ordered the Boston bib lettuce salad with ramps (!) and Stone Hill yogurt (yay RAMPS! I got the last of the season they said). Here’s mine:

Blue Hill at Stone Barns-bib lettuce with stone barns made yogurt, asparagus and ramps, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

Now let me tell you, this was spectacular!  So fresh and the ingredients just mashed together so perfectly.  I wish every salad I’ve had/ will have could be this fresh.

Entree: Aimee got the venison:

Blue Hill at Stone Barns-lamb entree, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

I, the frutti di mare over Spanish rice with asparagus foam.  What was it Hell’s Kitchen commentors said about foam?  Oh yeah, its like so totallty over man, why does any contestant still bother. 
Well, its not over at Blue Hill; and thankfully so.  This dish was great!:

Blue Hill at Stone Barns-shellfish over Spanish rice with asparagus foam, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

Dessert: ice cream with tapioca pearls…hm…forgetting the specifics of this dish.  Presentation definitely gets highest points! (So perhaps we’re easily swayed by presentation. Its important people.  You gotta find your food appealing!):

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

Since it was a birthday…..they brought out this little mini cake-about the size of a US quarter(!) with a perfectly balance lit candle on it and walked it to the table:

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

That’s fruit parfait with ice cream there with fresh so fresh fruit.

In closure, a little view of the grounds.  Directly behind y right shoulder is the main dining area with additional seating over my left shoulder.  There are other areas in the building complex (such as a tower) that have a guest suite and appear to be available for renting out for private events (…read: weddings! but not for gay wedding ceremonies as we can’t get married in NY).

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

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Blue Hill in New York

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