Chef Ryan Tate, who recently shuttered his Michelin-starred Tribeca restaurant, Le Restaurant, is taking over the kitchen at Blenheim, Morten Sohlberg and Min Ye's floundering West Village restaurant. The farm-to-table endeavor suffered an early blow when chef Justin Hilbert departed less than a month in. The restaurant reopened sans chef just this past week, promising to announce "an exciting new chef" soon. Now Tate is in charge, and completely changing up the menus.
Tate, who is also a vet of Savoy, is making a shift from Le Restaurant's tasting menu-only format to offer both a la carte dishes and a five-course, $95 tasting menu at Blenheim. As it has from the beginning, the restaurant will source many ingredients from Sohlberg's upstate farm, and Tate will include some of the unusual ingredients he earned a reputation for using at Le Restaurant. A la carte dishes include a poached egg with tempura cockscomb, mackerel with sea buckthorn cloud and nasturtium blossom puree, and a steak with farmer's cheese, wheatgrass juice, and onion ash. The tasting menu will be "based off" of the a la carte dishes, and may well take a form similar to the $100 menu he served at Le Restaurant. Check out the full a la carte menu, below.
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