We would like to apologize in advance to all frequent daters, diners, and Tinder swipe-righters: there’s yet another reason for your significant other to beg you to take them to Pocantico Hills’ Blue Hill at Stone Barns. The farm-to-table haven, recently dubbed “Best Restaurant in America” by dining and food pub Eater, was just nominated as a 2017 James Beard Award semifinalist for outstanding service.
The James Beard Foundation ushered in the start of “Beard season” with the release of the 2017 Beard Award semifinalists, featuring restaurants from across the nation competing for accolades in categories from Best New Restaurant to Outstanding Bar Program. The winners, chosen by judges from thousands of entries, will be announced May 1 at a gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where the awards ceremony has taken place for the past two years.
Blue Hill was previously named a Beard Award winner in 2015 for Outstanding Restaurant, and has been nominated on three other occasions for Outstanding Service (2016), Best New Restaurant (2005), and Outstanding Restaurant Design (2005).
While a county eatery being nominated for a Beard Award, one of the most prestigious honors of the industry, is a cause for celebration, quite a number of local figures have graced their lists. Former Restaurant North chef Eric Gabrynowicz was nominated for Best Chef Northeast in 2011, and Peter Kelly was nominated back in 2010 for the same award.
Try not to blame us if your pockets run dry trying to see what the fuss is all about.
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