Monday, November 12, 2012

New Favorite: Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen

You know how once in a while you visit a restaurant and all expectations are surpassed-- from the service, to the ambiance, to the food? That's exactly how my recent visit to Blue Ribbon Bakery was. This restaurant has definitely become one of my favorites in New York.

Beef Marrow, Bacon Bread & Onion Marmalade, $18.75: This appetizer is wildly popular at the Blue Ribbon restaurants, and it's obvious why. The marrow practically melts in your mouth, and the sweetness of the onion marmalade makes for a wonderful complement to the bread. The large chunks of bacon in the toasted bread are a great surprise for those like me who did not read the full description of this menu item (the appetizer had me at "marrow"). 


Beet & Goat Cheese, $16.25: These golden yellow and red beets were deliciously sweet, and the goat cheese was served warm and lightly browned on top. The strong cheese flavor combined wonderfully with the sweet beets.



Garlic Shrimp & Chorizo, $17.50: The shrimp was drizzled in very strong garlic and olive oil. 


Duck Breast with honey, orange & French beans, $28.50: I would strongly recommend this restaurant to everyone just because of this dish. Honestly my mouth is watering thinking about the Blue Ribbon duck. It was cooked perfectly, was amazingly tender, and so juicy. Not only was the skin and fat tasty, but even the meat was extremely flavorful. A simple dish done fantastically.


Grilled Lamb Chops with lamb jus, mashed potatoes & mint salad, $36: These pork chops did not have a gamy taste, and were quite tender. The side of potatoes was so creamy and warm, while the mint salad brought tangy and fresh flavors to the dish.


Banana Walnut Bread Pudding with banana caramel sauce, $14.75: Not the most attractive dessert, but certainly an outstanding one. This bread pudding was filled with soft, ripe bananas and is the first bread pudding I've tried that offers slightly crisp, toast-like edges. It's definitely a great option for those with very sweet tooth's, and if you don't have a sweet tooth, I promise this will convert you.


Pros:
  • The food is superb and not terribly expensive.
  • Quite a few comfort food options that are done so well, every bite is exciting.
  • Energetic and great servers, even on a very busy Saturday night at 8pm.
  • On our way out the restaurant, we were told to take as many loaves of freshly baked bread from the basket by the door. It was all the bread that they weren't able to sell that day. (It was amazing).
Cons:
  • None.

Address:
35 Downing Street
New York, NY 10014
Phone number: (212)337-0404




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1 comment:

  1. Blue Ribbon is one of my favorite restaurants and you picks some of their best dishes. It's oxtail marmalade by the way which is one of the reasons it is soooo delicious. The creme brulee is amazing. All these years going there and I haven't tried the duck but after your recommendation it's on my list for next time.

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