My husband and I had dinner at Blue Hill @ Stone Barns last night. All of us have been to Blue Hill in the city. The other couple has always had good meals in the city; the last meal my husband and I had there was a disaster.
But we went in VERY excited about this. Each couple ordered a total of 5 courses + dessert. My overall impression -- it was good, and certain dishes were fantastic, but it was not anything better than the one in the city.
What was the most bizarre was the total lack of fall produce on the menu. In fact, most of the produce was "late summer." We had the late summer vegetables in broth and I had a tomato soup with smoked wild mushrooms (the best dish of the night, in my opinion). For pastas they had two dishes with a lack of fall produce, featuring instead the last of the season tomatoes. None of the meat nor fish dishes we had featured any vegetable sides either. Where was all of the hearty fall food that I was so looking forward to? I love to extend summer, but at this time of year, it's not the best stuff out there, and it's certainly not what I'm craving either.
I'm not sorry I went there at all and would go back, though I might not make a special trip out of the city. I'm just utterly confounded about how a place that focuses on seasonal vegetables hasn't yet figured out that it's fall.
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