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blue hill stone barns -- BRUNCH REVIEW

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blue hill stone barns -- BRUNCH REVIEW

m | Jul 19, 2004 02:08 PM

I finally went to blue hill stone barns for lunch, and wanted to post a quick review as we seem to be lacking one.... but i want to preface it by saying i am in my 20s and have NOT frequented many high-priced meals in NY yet. i am working on that though. so my frame of reference MAY be a little off. :)
my friend and i went for a special occasion and didn't know much about the brunch before we got there. we figured we'd get more for our money mid-day than we would at dinner. in general i think that assumption was mistaken and we both agreed that we should have tried dinner instead.
while the food was delicious, our main complaints were:
1--"brunch" is in actuality more like "lunch." the only brunch-like offering was *one* dish with sausage and eggs. rest of the menu/details in a moment...
2--for a $42 pre-fixe brunch/lunch, plus the money spent traveling there from NYC, we expected a little something extra, a more extravagant experience, something fabulous. instead we got a three course lunch without any frills whatsoever.
basically our meal went like this:
--no coffee, juice, or cocktails included in the price.
--a mention on the menu of a "special breadbasket" for $8 (the alternative was the free 'dinner rolls' they neglected to offer us before we ordered the special breads, thinking they were the only choice). the bread basket was good, but didn't taste nearly just-out-of-the-oven, and nothing to write home about.
--a choice of three apps -- a green gazpacho w/yogurt (yummy), a salad with pistachios and apricots (did not try, looked a bit plain), and a grits cake with heirloom tomatoes and tomato viniagrette (delicious but very small, esp. compared to the soup).
--a choice of three entrees -- the aforementioned sausage with a bit of eggs and greens (did not try), a dish of skate on top of crab meat with cherry tomatoes (mouth-wateringly good and entirely memorable), and a roast chicken dish w/veggies that we didn't try.
--a choice of desserts -- a cherry coupe (didn't try), a chocolate bread pudding with caramel ice cream (delicious), and a third i can't recall.
basically it was a good meal, but i wish we would have just gone to balthazar and spent $30 per person instead of $60. it just didn't feel like the restaurant was going the extra mile to make us want to come back, but maybe a cup of coffee for my $60 is asking too much??
the food in the cafe, however, looked great -- maybe we'll go back and have a giant sandwich from the cafe for $7 instead...
thanks for reading!
monica

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