Last night I ate at the Blue Duck Tavern for the first time and it was amazing. I thought I should share the details of my experience because while looking up the restaurant on here last night before I went, there were several raves, but also many complaints about what you get for the price, and I beg to differ.
My experience was flawless. Our service was perfect, just attentive enough to come refill my wine glass or water glass when running low, but in no way obtrusive. My server was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and made many suggestions that were right on.
We started with a dozen oysters and the bone marrow appetizer, both of which were excellent. There were some complaints about how the food is served on platters and for that price you shouldn't have to serve yourself. Personally, I love being able to try a few different things for each course and the way they serve each dish makes it perfect for sharing. I imagine that if you are dining alone the individual serving platters may seem unnecessary, but if you have company I think the serving platters are ideal.
For our main course, we had the duck which was cooked perfectly, and the pork. We also got the semi-famous fries that are cooked in duck fat, and per our servers suggestion, tried the grits and leeks as well. The grits were out of this world, perhaps my favorite dish of the night. The fries met expectations and the leeks were perfectly seasoned and delicious.
For dessert, we ordered the banana milk chocolate custard and the peach ice cream, both of which were fantastic. Overall, I would highly recommend any of the dishes that I ordered.
Another great thing is that the wine list is very reasonable and comprehensive. We ordered a bottle of the 2002 Bodegas Alion Tinto Riserva, which was priced at $100 on the menu. If you search for this bottle elsewhere, retail is around the same price. A fantastic bottle of wine for a really reasonable price is hard to come by!
Overall, I would say that the food, the service, and the wine were impeccable. While too expensive to become a regular spot, I would not hesitate to go back for a special occasion and highly recommend you try it if you have not done so already.