I've never left this place disappointed! The food is always excellent.
Once we had to wait for the main course quite a bit but I didn't mind waiting -- a beautiful evening and a great company -- yet we appreciated when our waiter brought us delicious shrimp cocktail and chef's apologies as the kitchen was backed up. Once the main courses arrived (duck for me and lamb for my friend) -- they were simply great! We had a wonderful evening!
Pros: Great food, ambiance and service
Cons: Long wait if you don't have reservations
I was in NYC to visit family and they really wanted to take us to Blue Ribbon. Now I see why. What a great place! I really loved the food here. Simple yet fantastic food - really unpretentious. Our waiter was excellent - Great staff and service. No wonder chefs love to eat here. I'll go back to BR next trip to NY for sure.
Pros: Consistently excellent
I've never left this place disappointed. Yesterday, as usual we had an extremely pleasant evening -- good service and excellent food. Their menu selections are exquisite. Duck confit yesterday was great. I love their combinations -- how flavors complement each other. Excellent atmosphere and decor. Looking forward to going back.
Pros: Excellent food, choices, combinations, wine list, service
Cons: Expensive. Occasionally loud diners
My experience at Blue Ribbon was just okay. Really didn't do much for me. Overrated, perhaps? The food was really good but not excellent and service could've been better. I feel like the staff wasn't attentive enough. We asked for bread two times and we never got it, I just couldn't believe it! I
Pros: late night dining
Cons: rude staff,
This is such a pretentious place. I just don't get how restaurant management can be so rude. It must come from the top; always does. We went last Friday night, about one AM. No wait, we could see one table open. The manager says, let me see what we have available, walks around the dining room. Meanwhile a party of four comes in, introduces himself to the manager, back slapping commences, etc. and they are given the table that was open. He comes back to us and tells us there's a 30 minute wait. In a restaurant that takes no reservations, this is just rude and snobbish. I'll never go back to Blue Ribbon, or any of its other restaurants
Pros: If you like to be abused by pretentious restaurant workers, its your paradise
I love this place. I prefer the very small bar area, but don't mind being seated as well. The raw bar is fabulous. The staff are attentive and knowledgable. No, I do not work here and do not always have my way. Just because there are 5 of us crowded in the bar area and no seats are immediately available - no we can not just drink at a table in the dining room. NP. As soon as seats at the bar open up - the area is cleared and the seats are held fro us. In the meantime, we can make ourselves comfortable otherwise. Very reasonable policies, cozy environment. My friends (New Yorkers or Out of Towners) and I always enjoy ourselves. And did I mention that they serve food until 4am - full menu, I believe.
Pros: Ambience, environment, staff, raw bar, kitchen open until 4am
Cons: They are noticably nicer to their regulars than occassional diners...But can you balme them?!
Were trying to get into this place for a while. But they don't take reservations for less than 5 people, and we did not want to take a risk of waiting. Finally got into this downtown location of Blue Ribbon and were disappointed. Surprisingly, we were seated promptly as soon as all four of us were in. However, it took them about 30 minutes to tell us that the wine we ordered is not available (while we were waiting with empty glasses) The waiter quickly lost interest in us and started passing by quickly to make sure we don't stop him. The food was below average, disappointing. My fish was soaked in oil, veggies undercooked. My friend did not like his meat tar tar. After all we got a lagre bill (with the help of wine we finally got ...as their wine list is extremely overpriced!) Will not go back.
Pros: Dim Lighting, Prompt Seating
Cons: Food, Service, Price
Made reservations a week in advance with all sorts of rules such as: call ahead between 4 and 6 the day of to confirm.. if even one person drops out you lose the reservation completely. We were also told to arrive 15 minutes early, which we did. We waited for over half an hour. I had to ask the staff 3 times to seat us -- and they did so only after I pointed to a table that had been sitting empty. I don't usually mind waiting, but why ask us to arrive early?
The appetizers were good, but the entrees were mediocre. Not a bad restaurant but certainly not worth the money or the hype. Next time, instead of going to a well-known establishment like this, I'll support a newer restaurant where the owners and staff really care about great food and service.
Cons: Service, Entrees
Pretentious. Not very welcoming on the inside for such a cool looking place in a great location. Great potential but a bit too clicky.
This is my favorite restaurant in Manhatten when i can get in. The atmosphere is great and the shrimp provencal is amazing but they don't take reservations and they're always busy. The only time you can get in is 1:00 A.M. Who wants to eat that late??
Pros: Shrimp provecal
Cons: The seating
Went back to Blue Ribbon for my 2nd time on Friday night... my group (5 people... they don't take reservations unless you're 5 or more) had a 1am reservation so we could make a night out of it. We brought 5 bottles of good wine with us and paid the corking fee ($25/each... a BIT high for me but, still cheaper than buying 5 bottles)... the wait staff could not have been any better. We tasted the wines throughout the night with out waiter(s) and we even decanted one bottle. Started with a massive 3-tier raw bar platter loaded with pretty much everything, including some of the special oysters (DELICIOUS) and crawfish (also a special). Afterwards, we just had to order more oysters (12 more) and crawfish (another pound). The raw bar here is simply delicious. I ate a hangar steak for my entree... as before it was phenomenal and happened to go very well with the bottle of wine we were drinking at the time. We had a banana split for dessert and I had a glass of port to finish up the night. We were taken VERY good care of throughout the night and constantly looked after by the great, knowledgeable staff. Ended up leaving at 5am and could not have had a better night. I will be back without a doubt.
Pros: Amazing Service, Awesome Late Night Spot, Fantastic Raw Bar, Great Food All Around
Cons: Pricey, $25 Corkage Fee
This was our first time to this restaurant. We arrived around 5:30 on a friday night and had a few glasses of champagne at the bar. The bartender gave us both nice size pours of champagne and we were feeling pretty happy by the time we were ready for dinner. We were lucky to get the cozy both in the corner closest to the entrance. We started with the fondue appetizer which was really good. My boyfriend doesn't like fondue but he loved theirs! I had the fried chicken with mashed potato's, gravy and collard greens. I was surprised they gave me so much fried chicken (3-4 pieces) and the smashed potato's were really good. My boyfriend ordered the steak and it was cooked perfectly. One of the owners stopped by our table to make sure his steak was cooked to his liking. They have a great wine list and we opted for a nice bottle of Pingus (spanish wine) to go with our meal. The dinner/bar tab was pretty high because we had $20 glasses of champange and a $130 bottle of wine but here were plenty other selections of less expensive wine's available.
Pros: Good food, Great service and awesome wine list!
Cons: They don't take reservations for party's under 5.
I have frequent daydreams about Blue Ribbon in Brooklyn, so I was quite excited to try out the Blue Ribbon in SoHo, seeing as how it was the original and all. The service was wonderful, the selection of beers impressive (woohoo Chimay!), and the fried oysters were nothing short of to-die-for. However, the sweet n' spicy catfish, a dish that blew my mind in Brooklyn, was over-charred this time. To be honest, I am more than a little disappointed about that. Such a classy, unique dish! Take care with each one you serve!
Ok, I'm not the first one who had their first oysters here!!!
extremly pleasant service, nice atmosphere, cozy decor - loved everything about it!!!
It's a DO and a MUST :)
Agreed, the oxtail bone marrow is exquisite! I had my first oyster 3 years ago here, so many fond memories, will always return for more!
Pros: fabulous food
Cons: no reservations :(
This cozy restaurant has perhaps the best lamb chops in the city, and a beef marrow and oxtail marmelade appetizer which is probably one of the richest things I've ever had but truly amazing. Too bad they don't take reservations for less than 5 but it's worth the wait.
I went with a party of 6, so I got to try a little bit of everything. Appetizers and entrees were all excellent; I truly cannot say I disliked anything. Service was amazing, they were considerate, attentive, friendly, prompt, and accurate. I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience here.
Pros: food, service, food
Cons: none really
This restaurant has quickly become our late night favorite, even though we live way uptown from it. The bone marrow and oxtail marmalade is wonderful, and I have yet to try a dish I didn't like. The kitchen is open late, and though you'll probably have to wait a while for a table, cocktails and the raw bar are available to help you pass the time. The staff is very friendly and always gives us impeccable service. I highy recommend it!
The food is truly unique and delicious. The highlights include the bone marrow marmalade on crostini, the fresh oysters and their succulent hanger steak. However, the cheese fondue had too much wine and not enough cheese, the escargot was too stewy and the salmon was very average. Service was attentive and prompt, however the wait is incredibly long. I've never waited for a table for so long! Reservations for parties under 5 people isn't allowed but their yummy cocktails and handsome waiters help soothe the pain. This is quite a chic and trendy chef hangout; I met the Iron Chef Morimoto when I was there. Overall, it's pretty average and I don't think it's worth the wait without reservations. Go earlier for easier seating if you can.
Pros: Fresh seafood, Unique menu, Trendy
Cons: Pricey, Historic wait
after all the rave reviews, we were really excited to try this place. unfortunately, the setting made us turn around and go down the block. the music (generic thumping house) was too loud to have a conversation without yelling, and the tables are practically on top of each other -- making for cramped quarters. maybe we'll come back earlier in the evening when the place isn't packed to the rafters b/c it sounds like the food is incredible.
Cons: loud music, cramped quarters
HAD AN INTERESTING LATE DINNER LAST NIGHT ,THE FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING, STARTED W/ROAST DUCK SOUP, AND HAD TO TRY THE FRIED CHICKEN, (IT WAS ALL THAT WAS PROMISED, MY DATE HAD THE ESCARGOT, AND A LOBSTER DISH , AND WE FINISHED WITH A BANANA SPLIT, WOW! HIGHLY RECOMMEND EARLY OR LATE TO MY FELLOW FOODIES.
Pros: WAY OUT MENU, LATE NIGHT AVAIL.
Cons: WAITED 40 MIN., TIGHT TABLE, NO RESV. FOR COUPLES
We live in the neighborhood and in the 4+ years we've lived here - Blue Ribbon is always a win-win option. Yes - if it's busy - do expect to wait... but the bar is good in fact we love just hanging out with the bartenders there so it's really not a 'wait' in the typical sense. Food is always reliable and good, in our years of going there we've only had one bad dish. And - most importantly - our host and waiter immediately took care of us. Best bet is either go early [ pre 7pm ] or go late late am.
This place is pretty damn good. You'll have to wait a bit any given nite (40 mins for a Tuesday nite dinner at 8:45) but it's worth it. The onion soup and faus gior (i can't spell it) were very tastey. The rack of lamb cooked exactly the way you wanted it.
The amtosphere is that of a first date type place with girls on the one side of the tables and guys facing the wall....as it should be. But the place was a little clever knowing that guys would face the wall and strategically placed mirrors so all you guys on bad dates can look around.
Everyone was friendly and nice. They don't rush you out of the restruant and won't bring the check until asked for.
Nothing bad about this place, while you wait try the raw bar or some tastey foreign beers they have on tap.
The menu at Blue Ribbon is very different from any restaurant I've ever been to. With the menu ranging from items such as foie gras to hamburgers, there's something for everyone here. Since I Blue Ribbon does not take reservations for my small parties, we did have to wait a little bit, but it was well worth it.
Pros: Food, Service
This was an excellent restaurant choice for a relaxed couple who doesn't mind sitting at the bar for a bit and who enjoys delicious food. The fried chicken dish is expensive but fabulous, and a chance of pace from the usual American fare. The striped bass was fantastically prepared, and the wine was reasonable and excellent. The service was attentive and relaxed, and although a very small restaurant, it felt cozy and intimate. A good date place and definitely great for a small group of 4 or 5.
After being told by a close friend that this was hands-down her favorite restaurant, I invited two collegues to dinner. The restaurant is tiny and doesn't take reservations. When they say the wait is an hour, expect to wait an hour and a half! However, a few glasses of wine at the bar took the edge off and once we were sat, we were abe to dive into a variety of treats: raw oysters and goat cheese salad. Our waiter brought the wrong dinner for me (shrimp provencal instead of the salmon) but then comped my meal with no question. The skate was delicious as well. Although I wasn't blown away by my first visit to Blue Ribbon, their hospitality and the lovely atmosphere will definitely bring me back...
great big cheeseburger on nice bun with fresh lettuce and tomato and crisp french fries. Flame broiled taste. Eat it at the bar and wash it down with a sierra nevada on tap. Ask the bartender Will to have a drink with you and tell you about his band. Great place to go when it's not packed.
Pros: Great burger, good beer, fresh seafood
I took my parents here expecting the food to be so great. The meal took forever, and the service was so bad. Not only did we have to flag the waiter down every time for every course or request, but they spilled our drinks twice all over the table - and once was hot tea. They also were dropping plates and banging things in the kitchen all night, it was so loud and there was never an apology. I had the chicken breast and it was terrible and the much-touted matzoh ball soup was mediocre at best. Don't need to go back!
Cons: SERVICE, FOOD
A group of us went to this restaurant on internet recommendations. We were highly disappointed. The portions were quite small. My friend ordered a steak rare, and it came out medium well. The french fries tasted like they were sitting out for hours. The kicker is that we ate our meal at 7 pm, expecting the cooks to be on their game at that hour. The host was excessively rude. We had a reservation for 6:30 and arrived at 6:15. The host had already canceled our reservation without even giving us a phone call. He stated we were lucky to be served even though the restaurant was completely empty when we arrived. I definitely would avoid this place for dinner, but I heard that it serves after-bar hours. I guess that would be the only reason I would return do to a lack of other options.
Pros: after-bar hours
Cons: small portions, overcooked food, snooty service
get the lamb, foie gras, steak tartare, fried chicken, raw bar, bone marrow, anything really and tell me you weren't blown away. why do you think so many chefs come here? service, like blue ribbon sushi, is excellent, attentive, friendly and knowledgeable.
Pros: everything, street parking, people watching
Cons: can get crowded, expect a wait
I love this restaurant ... I had an incredible dinner there not long ago and the both of us were treated like royalty. The bone marrow is amazing ... the food, atmosphere and superb staff make for one of New York City's best.
Pros: Food, Staff, Atmosphere
There are no other words that can describe how absolutely amazing this place is. I don't think I'll ever get sick of eating here because the bone marrow appetizers and baked clams are just that good. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! The service here is also great. I love how cozy and friendly this restaurant is. Highly recommended!
Pros: Food, Value, Service
oh man...this place impressed me. These types of establishments are the reasons I live in this city. Really interesting menu, but filled with items that would please anyone. I shared three appetizers, a nice bottle of wine, an entree, a dessert, and an appertif...and I paid about half as much as I thought I was going to. The food is great and the service is friendly. I would order the fried chicken entree for the greens alone...how do they cook those?! I woke up the next morning wanting to go right back (and that's saying something).
Pros: Food, Service, Value
Blue Ribbon is just flat-out wonderful. It's one of the swankiest places around, with a cool vibe and a rep as THE restaurant to go after hours. It's loads of fun to sit at the raw bar and talk to the oyster shuckers while sipping your wine. You can't beat the oysters, clams, shrimp, scallops, steak tartare and paella. It's romantic for two but tons of fun with a group.
I like Blue Ribbon Bakery and Sushi, but you can't beat the original.
Pros: raw bar, after hours fun, wines & cocktails
The food is really good. The GM is cool and they totally handle to overflow of demand. It is tough to get a table. Try putting your name down and then doing next door to 203 Spring for a drink first.
The food had great texture and the fish was fabolous and fresh. Two thumbs up.
I got into town a little late (2am) and had to find a place to eat... now I know why NY is such a great city. I mean, are you kidding me?? This spot was awesome. Great service, outstanding quality food and wine menu, super deserts... and great crowd. Just enough of an edge to let you know youare in NYC, but none of the trouble with a hot restaurant. Highly recommended... even if it's not late night!
Pros: Service, food, atmosphere
theres really no need for me to add another review because this is simply the best restaurant for several reasons. the customer services is hands down the BEST.
They make a perfect cosmo, as im sure everyone will agree with me.
the decor and atmosphere creates a comfortable but elegant and distinct environment for dining. this place is the nyc's famous "come as you are" sort of restaurant. there are people in jeans/sneakers chatting up a storm with business suits all because thanks to the love of great food.
bone marrow is a must have as is their lamb chops.
Pros: service, food, decor
Blue Ribbon is a must try! I recommend the the royale for a party of 3 to 4! The bone marrow is a different but delicious appetizer as well as the pu pu platter. Another delicious entree is the paella which is absoulutely delicious! For dessert try the chocolate bruno if you can still fit anything in!
Pros: value, service, dress
Cons: , wait, crowded
A place that treats everyone like a king. Food is beyond marvelous. Dining late never felt this good.
A horde of experts at your disposable serving up dishes beyond you're wildest dreams.
Pros: Value, food, expertise
One of my favorite places!! So many great things I 'don't even know where to start. Great beer selection. Plateau a must. Also the fried oysters. The escargot is to die for. I've never had anything like them. Also the bone marrow is spectacular. Desserts not worth the hassle
Hands down best late night dining in New York. Hesitate to write this because it will just add to the wait. Service, food, ambience, scene... perfection. Very downtown crowd, mood.
The place is dark and loud. But this adds to it's charm. Food is outstanding. The wait is interesting rather than annoying. We saw P Diddy waltz in and out to put his name on the waiting list and then come back 30 minutes later to eat with his companion. (I guess they don't play favorites here!)
Pros: late hours, sweetbreads, catfish
The wait can be annoying and the less-than-expert bartender doesn't help, but the food really is excellent. It's casual enough to be the only restaurant that serves food at this level with so little pretension. Perfectly comfortable for jeans, but nice enough for a special dinner. The focus is really on the food and it shows. The daily special sea scallops with cauliflower puree were literally PERFECT. Foie gras terrine w/ challah bread = excellent combination. Catfish is a little more heavy-handed, but good comfort food. I just hope the Upper-East-Side meatballs don't invade this little treasure more than they have.
Pros: focus on food, very comfortable, open til 4am
Cons: wait, somewhat "scene"-ish
Had the special Arctic Char was cooked perfectly. Tried the Bone Marrow after reading so much about it, didnt find anything special with that dish quite oily in fact. Fried oysters were good. the foie gras was good spreaded on the bread. Will definatly go here again. Give it a try if you havent already.
This is by far the one of the best restaurants in the city. Food is great, service is top notch, no attitude, very relaxed.
Pros: food, price, service
Cons: a bit cramped
what can one say? everyone loves this place. but bone marrow? one would think people would be turned off, but if you like food (my tummy proves it!), this was superb. the whole menu was fab, so hard to choose. appeteasers they are, the lamb was succulent, desserts sinful. go in 4's so you can try variety - do share (who said this is tacky?!). do make reservations (early is better unless you like crowds) & expect to wait n wait n wait. forget driving, train/cab it. SUM IT: nothing I can say that hasn't been echoed repeatedly already. If my budget allowed me (or is it my big tummy), I would eat there weekly!
Pros: variety/presentation, excellent tastes
Cons: crowds/wait, it's pricy, so what!, parking
Hands down one of the best dining experiences in NYC. I make it a point to go there at least twice a month and every time I'm reminded how truly exceptional the food and service is. The raw bar, the seafood, the grilled sardines, the bone marrow, the rack of lamb - I could go on and on. The service is attentive and gracious. Superlative in every way. The only drawback - be prepared to wait if you're there at prime time most every night.
Pros: Menu, Service, Vibe
Cons: Wait at prime times
Looooved this place. Everything was good and our waiter was really really nice. I love been bone marrow, and they prepare it so well. I think this is one of the places I keep going back to for its food and service. I wish the place was bigger-probably that's the only complaint I have!!!
Pros: Great Food
The sweetbreads were killer and so was everything else on the table. One of the all time best meals I have had in NYC. A great experience from start to finish.
Pros: Amazing Food, Great Service, Comfortable Space
i am not much of a food critic, but my friend from SF is big in the resturant scene and he said this place is known as a place where chefs come to eat. The food was great and the service was top notch (thanks tall, bald guy!). Only problem was that we waited for 90mins, but probably worth it. Oxtail was amazing. Come early, make reservations, explore Soho and then come back for a great meal. Cosy enviornment.
Pros: where chefs eat, great bread, service
Cons: long wait, little cramped