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“Nice if you want to feel like a local”
Review of Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen - CLOSED

Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$80
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Brunch, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: West Village
Cross street: Bedford Street
Transit: ACE/BDFM Trains to West 4th Street or 1 Train to Houston Street
Description: Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen is a West Village neighborhood favorite and destination restaurant. Restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg discovered in 1995 a 140 year-old wood burning brick oven and lovingly restored it and built Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen around it. We now proudly operate the only existing wood fired brick bread oven in New York City using methods learned from our time at Poilane Bakery in France, including challah, matzoh, and classic french baguettes. Our menu is eclectic and varied. Menu highlights include our award-winning Fried Chicken, Grilled Lamb Chops, Beef Marrow, locally caught fish and whole roasted pasture-to-table animals prepared in our brick oven, as well as a broad offering of lighter fare. At the heart of each Blue Ribbon Bakery experience is the wood-burning oven that sends the smell of freshly baked bread throughout the dining room. Don’t leave without walking downstairs to see the bakers in action.
Toronto, Canada
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Nice if you want to feel like a local”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

We stumbled upon this spot while meandering from soho to west village, and popped in for a late Sunday brunch. The atmosphere is easy and comfortable, and feels very local versus touristy. The service was excellent, very friendly and attentive to details. The food was medium priced, simple yet unique menu options. Tasted good, wouldnt rave about it, but definitely tasted fresh and hit the spot. The dinner menu looked interesting but can't speak for any of it. They could use a more appealing dessert menu. I would go back if in the area.

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Thank Cate13
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English first
New York City, New York
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104 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“One of my favorites in the city”
Reviewed 9 January 2012

Simply fantastic. If I didn't live a 20+ minute taxi ride away, I would be a regular.

The menu is definitely eclectic, but I've yet to try anything that was not outstanding. It's well-suited to ordering small plates or to a standard appetizer-main sequence. I've eaten brunch there once, but remember dinner more vividly, as I've had it several times and more recently; both were good. Unfortunately, they appear to have removed or changed my favorite dishes since I last ate there, but stand-outs were:

Sea bass (I don't know what's in that white sauce, but I could drink a pitcher of it)
Duck Confit
Matzoh ball soup
Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding (Ineffable.)

The wine list is not huge, but is pretty solid. I generally order their chardonnays and have not yet been disappointed. The bartender knows what he's doing, and makes a mean negroni.

The atmosphere is conducive both to dates and to small groups, and I believe they may have a back room for larger groups. They do not take reservations for groups under 6, but it's worth calling to check the wait. Sitting upstairs (street level) is definitely preferable, although may be tricky if you're more than 4 people.

Oh, and the bread! The "bakery" in the name is not simply for show. The bread is fresh, varied, and delicious.

I cannot recommend this place highly enough.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank ItinerantNewYorker
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Bath, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“the wine bar is excellent”
Reviewed 30 December 2011

came here in March and returned in September, as the service and ambience of this small neighbourhood wine bar. a great range of wines by the bottle and by the glass, with seating around the bar for small tapas plates. great if you're jetlagged and don't want a heavy meal, but want to get out and get a taste of the city.

Visited March 2011
Thank Beth G
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Chicago, Illinois
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Best Fried Chicken ever”
Reviewed 4 December 2011

We've been going there for years, and it has held up beautifully. We celebrated my partner's 40th birthday there 7 years ago, and decided to go back this visit. It was everything we remembered, and more. Recommend trying a Rye Old Fashioned from the bar - seriously considered going back just for a drink the second night it was so good.

Visited December 2011
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Miami, Florida
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125 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Great place for a group celebration”
Reviewed 13 November 2011

We had a group of 11 for a celebration and were given the beautiful room next to the old bread oven. The room was great to gather in and be able to talk. The service was very attentive and prompt. One dish was three minutes later than theothers and the management was very apologetic. The wine selection was extensive including magnums which was nice for a large group. The appetizers including steak tartar and foie gras were delicious as was the fried chicken trout and sushi grade tuna. The chocolate chip bread pudding was amazing. Definitely recommend and will go back. Also the location in the West Village was ideal on a quiet street but a short stroll to Bleeker St.

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Thank BusterBrewsky
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