I appreciate good food of course, but I really appreciate consistently good food. That’s why Blue Ribbon and its many spawns- bakery, market, bar, sushi and Brooklyn outposts- are so impressive. The food is always really damn good. Here are the highlights from last Friday’s dinner, where my dinner partner and I scored a lovely table against the window to watch the rain come down on Bedford Street.
We started with the New Orleans shrimp boil- big juicy shrimp served with a bright lemon aioli and a hummus that reminds me I eat poorer versions of it all too often before moving on to their ridiculously good fried chicken and a cajun steak special. The fried chicken is unbelievable- the skin so light yet so crisp (you dip it in the little pot of honey they give you), the meat super juicy, and all of it served with a good ol’ heap of mashed potatoes and gravy. It’s dreamy. BRB has a fantastic wine list- we tried a lovely Languedoc Roussillon. Also you would be missing out on a sweet goodbye if you don’t order the chocolate bread pudding.
Blue Ribbon Bakery: 35 Downing St. 212-337-0404. Visit their website here.