Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, a favorite of the Obamas and perennially one of New York's most difficult reservations, has (temporarily) joined the growing club of high-end restaurants to move to a single menu format.
Stone Barns now offers a single "grazing, pecking, rooting" menu for $198. That's a $10 PRICE DROP from the previous $208 cost of this tasting, but it's a de facto PRICE HIKE for guests who were more accustomed to the now defunct $148 "farmer's feast" option. So your dinner date, after wine pairings ($138, down from $150), tax and tip, will now run $856, which is nearly $200 more than what you would've spent on a fully-loaded farmer's feast for two.
Why the change? "The motivation came from our diners, who mostly ordered the longer menu—there were many nights when every single table went for it—so that was the impetus," Barber tells Eater via email. "And since it's the menu that most excites our cooks and waiters there wasn't much of a debate."
Barber says the single menu format isn't permanent. "In September or October we'll return to the two choices until the following spring. We haven't decided on the menu prices, but for sure the shorter menu will be much less expensive."
Other ambitious spots to adopt single menu formats in recent years include Alinea, Benu, Manresa, Alma, Eleven Madison Park and on the weekends, Atelier Crenn.
So how much will you spend at Stone Barns at the new prices? Check out our interactive graphs to find out. And keep in mind that while weekend tables book up two months in advance, same week off-hour tables aren't terribly hard to come by. Stone Barns also accepts walk-ins at the bar for the full menu or for a $58 three-course bar menu.
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