LA has been waiting for 10 years for the Michelin Guide to return.
The restaurant, which pioneered farm-to-table dining when it opened in 2004, received two stars.
“We are thrilled,” said Irene Hamburger, vice president, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
“Chef Dan Barber’s onslaught of clever bites of mostly vegetables are plucked from the property’s greenhouses and working farm. The kitchen serves excellent cuisine with a distinct personality in its stunning dining room that was formerly a dairy barn,” noted the Michelin press release.
In addition to Blue Hill, the restaurant Atomix in Manhattan also earned a new two-star rating for its fresh take on Korean dining. The 2020 Michelin Guide New York City and Westchester County also names eight new one-star destinations: Benno, Crown Shy, Estela, The Four Horsemen, Le Jardinier, Odo, Oxalis and Ukiyo.
The New York guide is one of four editions; the others are Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and California.
Blue Hill sits in a former dairy barn on 80 acres of land donated by the Rockefeller family. It works in tandem with a farm and education center, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, which is also on the property.
Barber is known for consistently seeking out eco-friendly and low-waste practices to enhance his menus, and for working with seed breeders at the genetic level to develop more nutritious and delicious fruit and vegetables.
Earlier this year, the restaurant was named among the World’s Best 50 Restaurants for the fourth year in a row. It has hosted many celebrities, including Michelle Obama and Scarlett Johansson, who held her engagement party there.
What to know before you go
Plan ahead — as in, way ahead — if you want to dine there. Reservations are made starting at 9 a.m. two months prior to the calendar date for parties of up to eight through the website and can’t be canceled (though they are transferable through the website).
Similarly, don’t expect your standard menu. The experience, as it’s referred to, is $278 per person exclusive of beverage and tax, and includes whatever is in season and available on the farm that day. Sample menus, are, however, on the website.
Contributing: Associated Press
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