Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
192Trip End Oct 14, 2011
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It was snowing heavily when I checked out of my hotel. I caught a cab to the train station and bought a ticket back to New Haven. In spite of the snow, the trains were running on time and I didn't have to wait long for my train.
The snow was much heavier by the time I arrived in New Haven. I dragged my luggage through the snow back to where I had parked my car. It seemed like a much longer walk than it had been when I left.
I set my GPS for Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, NY. It's one of the 15 restaurants on Restaurant Magazine's World's Best Restaurant List in 2011.
My GPS told me it was about a 90-minute drive but the snow was getting deeper by the minute. It was obvious it was going to take longer. Things went fairly well until I got to my exit on I-287 and found the exit blocked by a downed tree. The heavy snow was sticking to the trees since they still had their leaves, causing many of them to bend or break. The drivers broke enough pieces of the fallen tree that everyone could get by and traffic eventually started moving again.
I followed the route indicated by my GPS but soon found my route blocked by another fallen tree. Since it took down some power lines that might still be hot it wasn't possible to try clearing it. I tried a route that another driver recommended and eventually made it to Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
I didn't have a reservation but they take walk-ins at the bar and I had been placed on a wait-list. I figured that I'd be able to get a table due to cancellations due to the snow but I was wrong. They received some cancellations but they had called people with later reservations to re-schedule them as early as possible. For some reason, their wait-list was totally ignored. Then their phone went out, probably due to trees falling on phone lines, and people weren't able to call to cancel. They might have had room but didn't know it. There was plenty of room at the bar and the menu is the same.
I got their 12-course Farmer's Feast. They don't have printed menus listing what you'll get. They ask you about your preferences and base your menu on that. I got something like 20 dishes counting all the amuse-bouches. It was mostly vegetarian but I think I got one lobster course. Dinner was very good.
Now I had to get back on the road and find a place to stay. Since it was still snowing I decided I wanted to try and get further south before stopping. I figured I'd try to make it to my mom's. I tried to re-trace the route I had used to get to the restaurant but that way was blocked. I tried another route and was able to make it to the interstate.
The drive south was, fortunately, uneventful. After I got to New Jersey things started to improve and I was able to make it to my mom's for the night.