Blue Hill Restaurant

It's mad but we toped the Il buco dinner. Last night we ate at Blue Hill Restaurant. I came across this on pims blog.

"with Dan Barber, chef and proprietor of Blue Hill in Manhattan and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills. Stone Barns is only 45 minutes from Manhattan, but it might as well be a whole different universe. A model of self sufficiency and environmental responsibility, Stone Barns is a working farm, ranch, and a three-michelin-star-worthy restaurant. (Note to Michelin: limiting your guide to the five boroughs means you've missed out on perhaps the most interesting and unique restaurant in all of New York.)

Dan's commitment to the environment is well known, but he is hardly a die-hard radical. He is a businessman determined to find a way to be both environmentally and economically sustainable - now that's the way of the future."

We actually wanted to go to Blue Hill farm but then we were running out of time and decided to go to the one on washington place.

Let me tell you we ate the most outstanding food. Here some of the delights we had:

Amuse bouche: a beet root burger, dried rucola with salt, home made butter and something tomato
Beautiful carrots and radish probably marinated in something like salt and lemon water.
With this we got absolutely lovely warm bread sticks.

maine crabmeat

Maine crabmeat, fennel, apple and stone hill barns panther soybeans, apple mustard broth.

beet root

Farona Beets from the farm with local goat cheese, walnut puree, dried fruit and nuts.

egg

This mornings farm egg, foraged mushrooms and stone barn greens.

Wild striped bass, pistou of local vegetables and pureed basil.
With the main course we had a fantastic Delicata and hubard squash puree with honey in it and marinated beets.
Uwe had the lamb from the menu and I still have to find out how it was done.

Passion fruit souffle and passion fruit ice cream.

cheese cake

Steamed cheese cake, dark chocolate, roasted peanuts and and maldon salt.

I had of course the old and new world cheese selection which came with marinated cranberries and portulak.

www.bluehillnyc.com

Blue Hill Restaurant
75, Washington Place
Greenwich Village
New York

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Il buco again

Raw skate with orange, avocado, pine nuts, spring onions and cilantro - yummy!

salade

Salad with capers and bottarga

halibutt

Halibut with lukewarm potatoes , fennel and olives.

Lasagne with goat cheese

Another fantastic meal at il buco.

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Schiller's Liquor Bar


We had a late lunch at Schiller's . The tuna burger was fantastic.

Schiller's Liquor Bar,
131 Rivington Street, New York City

www.schillersny.com/

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Dinner at Nobu

avocado tempurasashimi salad
new style sashimimiso cod

crab sushi

Since years I wanted to go to Nobu but sort off never really managed to go there. Mainly because I never think enough ahead to book a table and second because I was not sure how expensive it exactly is.
Thankfully uwe came up with the idea to go there for kevin's birthday.
I guess I don't have to mention that I had high expectations - but I can say Nobu exceed all expectations!
(Except maybe the interior which is a bit outdated)
So let me tell you what we ate: For starters we shared mixed tempura (avocado tempura was delicious), absolutely outstanding yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno a very nice sashimi salad with matsuhisa dressing and new style sashimi.
For main courses we had the Kobe beef toban yaki for uwe and andrew, mad good rock shrimp, miso cod and a mixture of sushi including salmon skin and japanese eel.
With all this we drank lovely warm sake.

beer icecream

And then dessert, the menu had so many fantastic things on it we could hardly decide. Luckily we were 5 so we could almost taste every dessert on the menu.
We had:
Bento Box - Warm valrohna souffle cake with shiso syrup, white chocolate sauce and green tea ice cream
Nobu beer ice cream parfait - bittersweet valrohna chocolate sauce and almond praline
Chocolate mousse, peanut butter cream, caramelized banana and miso peanut butter caramel
Pineapple Trio - Pineapple cake with wasabi ice cream, pineappe coconut rice pudding with rice cluster and vanilla bean roasted pinapple with sake zabaione.

Most of the dishes cost around 10 to 20 dollars so it is not overly expensive.

All in all a fantastic dinner - thank you uwe!

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Chez Balthazar

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rich breakfast

For kevins Birthday Breakfast we went to Balthazar 80 Spring Street in Soho. It's a nice, very old, french bistro and bakery where you get lovely croissants and Bread.

www.balthazarnyc.com

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Il Bucco

Last night we had a quick look at the Time Out New York guide to choose a restaurant. We thought Italian would be nice and after a quick glance decided on Il Buco on Bond Street between Lafayette and Bowery. The restaurant has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, maybe a few too many pots dangling from the ceiling, but otherwise nice and unpretentious. The service was adept and unintrusive, the sommelière a competent master of the impressive wine list, which comprised of not only excellent Italian, but just as impressive French and Spanish wines.

Restaurant Il Buco, New York

The food was simply the best I ate in any restaurant, ever. The Chef Ignacio Mattos, trained in Argentina and cooks the most accomplished classic italian meal - I repeat myself - I ever ate in a restaurant. All produce used were clearly of high quality and very fresh. For starters I had gambas: cast-iron seared Hawaiian king prawns with rosemary, garlic and chili, - perfectly delicious. Sarah had fantastic baccala (salted cod) in a claypot with potatoes and Uwe had cast-iron seared calamari with chickpeas, red onion, currants, dandelion greens and aioli.
As a primi I had a heavenly risotto with fave, goats cheese and chilli - I could hardly believe how simple yet absolutely delicate this risotto was.
My cowardly friends had decided on a two course meal, so I was left to feast on this one alone ;-)

My main course was a delicate sea bass, seared, with a mint and garlic sauce, on a bed of cold potatoe and cellery salad with a white balsamico dressing... This was a dish fit for kings. I could taste every single ingredient in its own delicacy and each complemented the other perfectly - this was absolute bliss. Sarah had the risotto I had as primi and Uwe had a lasagne - of which I didn't taste as I was too busy with my own little feast, - apparently it was delicious too.

risottosalt cod

I'm running out of superlatives, but the seasonal fruit tart surrounded by a delicate chocolate crust I had for dessert made my love for this restaurant complete. I had a beautiful Italian port to go with it. Sarah and Uwe shared a fabulous torta di aranccia with honey ice-cream.
The Nebbiolo wine we had was good, but in hindsight we shouldn't have set the $ 70 limit for ourselves, as this outstanding meal really would have asked for an outstanding wine - and for this we would have paid double... Prices otherwise are very reasonable at Il Buco, a main course is at around $ 24.-

We will be back :-)

www.ilbuco.net

Hours:
Lunch Tuesday-Saturday 12 PM to 3:30 PM
Dinner Monday-Thursday 6 PM to 12 AM
Friday & Saturday 6 PM to 1 AM
Sunday 5 PM to 12 AM

Location:
47 Bond Street (between Lafayette & Bowery)

Contact:
Phone: 212.533.1932
Fax: 212.533.3502
Email: ilbuco@ilbuco.com

Reservations:
Make a reservation online
Phone: 212.533.1932

Subway:
* #6 to Bleecker Street at Lafayette
* N & R to 8th Street or Prince St
* B,D,F,Q to Broadway/Lafayette

Credit cards accepted Amex, Master Card & Visa
Reservations recommended

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Blue Ribbon Sushi

Finally I get to eat at Blue Ribbon Sushi again

seaweed salad

Seaweed salad

unagi

Unagi inside out wrapped in cucumber

tuna salad

Tuna salad with ponchu sauce

salmonskin

Salmon skin special roll

unagi special

Unagi special roll

greentea creme brule

And the heavenly greentea creme brulé

It was like I remembered it, nice place and outstanding food.

Blue Ribbon Sushi, 119 Sullivan Streen, Soho , New York City
Tel 212 343 0404
www.blueribbonrestaurants.com

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Cafe Tina

While waiting for our Table at Blue Ribbon Sushi we spontaneously went to this tiny Restaurant.
Beside the Bar they have room for 3 Tables at one of them a very old and very italian coupe was eating penna all pomodoro. This must be like Little italy used to be.

Cafe Tina, 184 Prince Street, Soho, New York City

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