1.01.2013

More NYC Restaurants: Blue Hill


I'm going to start off the new year with a bit of old business: another restaurant my daughter treated me to while in NYC: Blue HillBlue Hill restaurant opened in 2000 and is located in Greenwich Village. Hidden three steps below street level, the restaurant was once a "speakeasy" just off of Washington Square Park. Chef/partner Dan Barber is a locavore pioneer. 



Barber has written about creating a consciousness re the effects of everyday food choices and food sustainability. His efforts are brought to Blue Hill, where seasonal produce grown and raised on-site is grilled over wood fuel from the nearby forests. Blue Hill also uses i
ngredients from nearby farms and has a wine list whose producers respect artisanal techniques. If you'd like to see the menu, click HERE.

In 2002, Barber was named one of the Best New Chefs by Food and Wine Magazine. He has received several James Beard Foundation awards, including the 2006 award for Best Chef, New York City and the 2009 award for Outstanding Chef. The James Beard Foundation also named him the top chef in America in 2009. Also in 2009, he was named one of the world’s most influential people in Time Magazine's annual Time 100.

A wonderful article, with fabulous food photos (A much better photo of veggies on a fence than I took with my iPhone.) can be read on this SITE.

As a snack with our wine, we shared Vegetables on a Fence: (Wine and delicious bread sticks in the background)



For starters, Tracy had the brussel sprouts with bresaola and homemade mustard and I had 
the pig liver and venison terrine with greens and cocoa nibs.



For some reason, I didn't take photos of our main courses, but Tracy had braised hake with brussel sprouts, Jerusalem artichokes, pears and hazelnuts; I loved my Raven and Boar's pig with savoy cabbage, sweet potatoes, bacon and caraway.

Desserts? Of course! Tracy's cheese tray:




And my chocolate bread pudding with bourbon ice cream.



The meal was pricey, but worth every penny. As you can see if you clicked on the menu, the offerings are unusual and the veggies all local and fresh. The meal was well thought out, presented beautifully, the wait staff attentive and helpful. Because of the price, I'd label this a special occasion restaurant. It's small (definitely make reservations if you have the opportunity to go) and intimate. 


17 comments:

  1. A lovely meal! The cheese tray looks good.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. What a wonderful dining experience to share with your daughter. Happy New Year, Barbara.

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  3. I've wanted to go to Blue Hill for years, and now I feel that I've gone via you! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. What a lovely meal! I think I could founder on the cheese and veggies... ahhh...

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  5. What a creative menu! I love the vegetables on a fence :)

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  6. Happy New Year! Is the food on a slab?

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  7. Happy New Year Barbara! Hope it will be a healthy, a wonderful year to all of us.

    The restaurant sounds wonderful. I would not mind to splurge a little with a wonderful meal like that.
    Cheers,
    Dewi

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  8. oooh, what a great dining choice! i've heard nothing but good things about mr barber, and those plates of food look magnificent!

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  9. It sounds like a grand & very stylish restaurant!

    Thanks for the tour & this lovely post, dear Barbara! :) Happy 2013!

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  10. It looks wonderful! I need to take a trip to NY sometime and just EAT.

    Happy New Year,

    RMW

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  11. I've been really wanting to go Blue Hill since I heard Dan Barber speak a few years ago. I'm glad to hear it was a great dining experience!

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  12. Good Afternoon Barbara,
    Happy New Year to you!
    Blue Hill sounds like it is a fabulous restaurant. The presentation of the food is beautiful. I agree with sourcing ingredients locally, not only is the food tastier, but it helps maintain local employment. Well done to Dan Barber.
    Have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes Daphne

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  13. Another great meal in NYC. God, I love NYC. It is like standing in the middle of the world.

    Velva

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  14. He's one of my heroes... I really love the way he thinks about food. Stone Barns next??? So glad you had a brilliant time in NYC. I am terrible at taking pictures when I'm out. Just forget... especially when the food is good.

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  15. I love Blue Hill! I haven't been there in ages - last time, I went for a special occasion, and sat at the bar. It was delightful! Love those veggies on a fence!

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  16. Happy New Year!!!!!!!

    I am so excited to see this post about Blue Hill. I've never been there, but one of my favorite restaurants is the sister site up in Westchester: Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Equally as delicious and well thought-out and superb!

    Wishing you all great (and tasty) things in 2013.

    ps, your daughter is beautiful!!!

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