Blue Ribbon Never Disappoints

The New Orleans Shrimp Boil and the incredible Hummus

The New Orleans Shrimp Boil and the incredible Hummus

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.  

Cajun spiced steak with fingerling potatoes and fried chicken

Cajun spiced steak with fingerling potatoes and fried chicken

the fried chicken deserves special recognition

the fried chicken deserves special recognition

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.

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One response to “Blue Ribbon Never Disappoints

  1. joan

    I really don’t know how these guys pull such great and memorable food in a such a tortured little space! Like Ino, where the line cooks make the incredible Truffled Egg Toast on Walmart hot plates. Less is indeed more!

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