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Blue Ribbon - Not Impressed!

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Blue Ribbon - Not Impressed!

RichardAB | Jun 16, 2005 04:37 PM

Last night a friend and I went to Blue Ribbon for dinner because we have seen rave reviews about the place. We arrived before 7pm to be assured we got a seat. I was really looking forward to it.

In my opinion, the menu wasn't cheap, starters from $8-15 and entrees at $25 range. Anyway for our starter we ordered a Grilled Shrimp Remoulade ($13.00) which was very tasty with delicious sauce and shrimp, but it wasn't very hot (was it suppose to be hot?). For our second starter we ordered the famous Beef Marrow and Oxtail Marmalade ($14.50). I know is sounds weird but we wanted to be adventurous and had to try it. Everyone raves about it. Well it was kind of gross and borderline disgusting. The marrow didn't have a lot of flavor but the oxtail marmalade did, but it was too strong and salty. Sorry I didn't understand the purpose of eating this.

For our entree I had Striped Bass ($25.50) with Artichoke, Red Pepper, Roasted Garlic and Red Wine Sauce. I think there was also some mashed potato on the plate. I had questioned the waiter before ordering the dish because I wanted fish but I am a bit fussy about what fish I eat. To my horror the fish still had the skin on one side which really grosses me out. I picked most of it off. On the side was the chopped vegetables but in addition to the items listed on the menu I also think there was celery in the mix. It was way too overpowering. There was also zucchini mixed in plus no red wine reduction. Very odd. This dish didn't match the description very well!

My friend got the special which was a peppered skirt steak which was served with fries. Nothing special but it was very tender. Why do nice places serve french fries with an entree? If I want that i'll go to McD's. There is so many other creative ways to prepare a potato.

For dessert we ordered the creme brulee. Everything else on the list was dull. One of the offerings was a banana split. Big whop. I can get that at Baskin Robbins!

I don't know why such a big hype about this place. You can wait up to 1 hour to get in, the prices are high and the food is not so grand. The meal cost about $107 (without wine) for which I would expect a grand and unforgettable meal. I really think it was like fancy diner food. I would have rather gone to my little favorite place in the village (Elephant and Castle) and had a yummy meat-loaf for $13.

Link: http://richardab.typepad.com/iheartnyc/

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