FROM DEEP BLUE SEA TO DEEPER BLUE HILL

This in­no­va­tive eatery wel­comes cruis­ers to the fresh­est feast pos­si­ble.

Porthole Cruise Magazine - - The Insider -

THE FRESH­EST FARM-TO-TA­BLE ex­pe­ri­ence has to be when the afore­men­tioned ta­ble is ac­tu­ally lo­cated on the afore­men­tioned farm. That’s the se­cret be­hind the ex­quis­ite din­ing event that is Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

The restau­rant has no menu, and there’s no tip­ping. In­stead, din­ers come to the Stone Barns Cen­ter for Food and Agri­cul­ture in Po­can­tico Hills, New York, a work­ing, four-sea­son farm and ed­u­ca­tional cen­ter, and taste what­ever hap­pens to be grow­ing on that day. Meals are con­structed from in­gre­di­ents from the Stone Barns fields and pas­tures, or from one of the neigh­bor­ing lo­cal farms. Re­cent din­ers were al­lowed to sam­ple ham from Tam­worth pigs, pan­ther soy­beans, eight-row flint corn, ar­curi gar­lic, win­ter kale, scar­let frills mus­tard greens, hakurei turnips, Swiss chard, and chrysan­the­mum sprouts, all min­i­mally sea­soned yet pre­pared to per­fec­tion by Dan Bar­ber, once rec­og­nized with a James Beard Award for Out­stand­ing Chef in Amer­ica.

Though the din­ing has a back-to-the-land phi­los­o­phy, the set­ting is noth­ing short of el­e­gant — no shorts per­mit­ted, jack­ets and ties pre­ferred for gen­tle­men, and chil­dren are en­cour­aged to try the nearby Blue Hill Café for a more fam­ily-friendly meal.

With ad­vance no­tice, par­ties of up to 14 guests can en­joy a pri­vate din­ing room that over­looks the herb gar­den.

Blue Hill also has an el­e­gant ca­sual lo­ca­tion — where cel­lu­lar tele­phones and flash pho­tog­ra­phy are not per­mit­ted — in a land­mark speakeasy off Wash­ing­ton Square Park within New York City. The dishes there are equally fresh and in­no­va­tive — with of­fer­ings like Mon­tauk Monk­fish with cau­li­flower and Fin­ger Lake grapes, or a Juice Pulp Cheese­burger with fried egg, beet ketchup, and po­lenta fries — served in more fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings. Ei­ther way, you are get­ting a culi­nary in­tro­duc­tion to the land. blue­hill­farm.com/dine/ stone-barns.com

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