My wife and I drove up from Philly for an extremely enjoyable evening Saturday night (on a VERY cold night!). First we had dinner at Blue Hill...what can I say but incredible! It was packed and nice and cozy and warm on such a cold night. We loved the atmosphere, the service was very professional but relaxed and outstanding, and the food was to die for. Apps of butternut squash ravioli and crabmeat lasagne were excellent. Entress of stripped bass and leg of lamb were outstanding. We split a dessert of pear sorbet with fried filled chocolate spheres and that was OK. Dinner was paced perfectly, the food was prepared perfectly, and we had a relaxing 2 hour meal with no pressure to leave. We are working our way through some of your better restaurants and our fav was Eleven Madison Park (which was excellent), but we agreed that we liked Blue Hill better. Tables for 2 are close together but you end up having pleasant conversation with people around you.
We (hurriedly) walked over to Blue Note and had a drink at La Lanterna while waiting to get in line. We both thought the Blue Note was excellent as well. We had excellent seats (up on the first level) with a clear sight line a mere 20 feet from the performer. Lizz Wright was outstanding but we thought that only an hour was too short a set, especially for what we paid ($25pp). Listened to some of the next set, left NYC at 2 am and got home around 3:30 am! Well worth it for such an enjoyable evening in your fair city! This is why I truly love NYC!