No restaurant in New York is more associated with the “farm-to-table” philosophy of cuisine than Dan Barber’s Blue Hill, where the ingredients are often sourced from his upstate biodynamic farm that very morning. A communal atmosphere pervades the simple and intimate, but also refined, room below street level as diners congregate to appreciate the freshness of the produce and the talent of the kitchen.
Although the presentations are beautiful, Barber does not overly ornament the food, choosing instead to present nature’s flavors as cleanly and directly as possible. An asparagus and watercress salad with farm egg, meyer lemon and hazlenuts could not be more simple or more delicious. This simplicity sometimes eclipses the amount of skill and effort involved behind the scenes. Barber is a master poacher and sous vide cook. His hake and Berkshire pig are wonders to behold and consume. The service is very fine, as is the wine list. In keeping with the cuisine, the sommelier will often pair local wines (or other unexpected combinations) with the tasting menu courses, which is not as bad as it sounds and, in many cases, proves eye-opening. Barber also operates the excellent Blue Hill at Stone Barns in the Pocatinco Hills about 30 miles outside of the city, which is worth a special trip.
75 Washington Pl.
New York (nr. Sixth Ave.)
212-539-1776 Mon-Sat, 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, 5:30pm-10pm
RECOMMENDED DISHES See All
- This Morning’s Farm Egg, Spring Onions, Ramps and Leeks
- First of the Season Asparagus and Watercress, This Morning’s Farm Egg, Meyer Lemon and Hazelnuts
- Braised Hake, First of the Season Asparagus, Pine Nuts and Ramps
- Stone Barns Berkshire Pig, Red Kale, Ramps, Bacon and Shitake Mushrooms
- Chocolate Bread Pudding