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Blue Hill at Stone Barns Restaurant Review: Blue Hill at Stone Barns strikes a fine balance between traditional charm and modern amenities, an archetype. A working farm, education center, and bar and restaurant, it is truly unique. Blue Hill has the pedigree, located within Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, once part of the Rockefeller estate. It has the concept; much of the food served in the restaurant comes straight from the grounds, as well as other local farms. And it has the working, experimental culinary activist in Dan Barber. The result is impossibly fresh tasting fare with little complication. Don’t expect to be handed a traditional menu. Rather, guests are served a multi-course tasting: the Grazing, Pecking, Rooting menu ($198, plus $138 for optional beverage pairings). (Keep in mind that tax and gratuity are additional.) Dishes are devised daily according to the harvest, which in autumn may feature turkey, cauliflower, honey, carrots and mushrooms. The wine list pays homage to the products of the Hudson Valley, the Old World and the New World. Sure, this place has presence, commanding beauty and fantastic cuisine, but what lingers is Barber's enthusiasm for reaching beyond "farm to table," and broadening its impact.