I went to Blue Hill last night, they just changed the concept of their menu. Now on the left side of the menu you are not given a list of ingredients (it's just a picture of a root vegetable being pulled out of the ground) where you can specifiy if you like certain ingredients more than others or if they're items you don't like. Now it's pretty much if you have any restrictions or food allergies and you are at the chef's hands. They still have a choice of 8 courses to 5 courses but like before the 5 course has the same amount of food. As my visit before service was wonderful, here's what I had.
Amuse bouches: Crudites: corn, carrot, cauliflower, broccoli with a shot fennel soup. Everything was good especially the fennel soup. I was dunking everything in the soup.
A stick of corn with pancetta, again wonderful.
A tiny beets burger (this was one of my favorite bites of the night)
Fried wax beans-Tasted like the best fries ever.
Cured Meats-I think they were Testa and Coppa
Some sort of Red potato chip, it was the best potato chip I ever tasted
Smoked kale-This reminded me of those asian packages of seaweed with a smokey bacon taste
1st Course-Beets in some of a sauce (I forgot) with premature eggs shaved on top. I thought the dish was fine, but my gf wasn't a fan (she doesn't like beets). The premature eggs reminded me of parmesian cheese.
2nd Course-A thick slice of bread. With homemade ricotta from 18 different cows and cucumber and black pepper foam on the side. The bread reminded me of corn bread with a cakeyness to it. We both liked the dish, the ricotta was delicious.
They gave us a bread basket of onion\potato bread with homemade butter and mushroom and celery salt. The taste of the onion and potato is very subtle. Since they saw we liked the ricotta so much they gave us another fresh hot batch with the bread.
3rd Course-Carpfish with Corn chowder. This was my gf's favorite dish, there was alot of flavor in this dish and fish was cooked perfectly.
They gave us another fresh batch of bread even though we had 2 slices left in the basket. (I believe they bake the bread on the spot just before serving)
4th Course-This morning's Farmer's egg with a variety of beans. This was essentially a poached egg on top of chili. I liked it dipping the bread a lot into it. My gf thought the egg didn't go well with the chili. I think she thought it would have been better fried instead of poached. I'm not sure I agree because I love poached eggs.
Another we had another fresh batch of bread brought just before the next course
5th Course-Red Gnocci with shittake mushrooms and white truffles. This was another wonderful dish, my second favorite savory after the carp and corn chowder fish.
6th Course-Veal with Red Cabbage. The Red Cabbage was in sometype of sweet. I didn't think the cabbage tasted good by itself but together with the veal it was fine.
7th course-A shot of blueberries, granola, and yogurt (this was just ok, if a dessert is just ok that's pretty bad imo because I love everything sweet), a shot pear sorbet with something else (this was delicious!, my favorite thing today too bad it was in all in a shot class =[), a shot concord grape jelly (this was fine, I mixed it with the blueberries/yogurt cause it needed some help)
8th course-Apple tart with meringue. This was awesomee, the tart part of the dessert was like a graham cracker crust on steroids, really really addicting.
At the end of the check the gave us complimentary chocolates, honeycombs (wow!), and grapes. I loved my meal there, everything was solid and some things very very good. But I am disappointed that they changed the concept. Last time I dined there in August I had 3 wow bites (tomato burger, fois gras with chocolate crackers, and cornbread with corn ice cream), this time I had none but I did have some very good bites. The last time I dined there I told them my favorite foods that were in the ingredients menu like liver, corn, chocolate, etc, I even told them I loved ice cream which wasn't on the menu and they made sure both the desserts I had last time had ice cream. I felt that really enhanced my last dining experience. I still highly recommend Blue Hill at Stone Barns, but be aware now that you are entirely at the chef's hands.
Blue Hill Cafe
2427 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533