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Blue Ribbon Brasserie: A User's Guide
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- Appetizer: beef marrow and oxtail marmalade
- Raw bar: half-dozen oysters
- Soup: matzo ball
- Entree: pigeon with toasted barley, sweet potato, and apple
When to Go: The flagship Blue Ribbon restaurant is open from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily, and it’s often packed the entire time—especially on the weekends. Try after 1 a.m. on a weeknight for a thinner, slightly more subdued crowd.
While You're Waiting
- Marvel at the impressive raw-bar towers streaming out of the kitchen.
- Bob your head to the eclectic soundtrack of the evening, which can range from hip-hop to acid jazz
- Look out for distinguished New York chefs, who have been known to stop by Blue Ribbon after their shifts.
Inside Tip: Form an entourage. Though solo diners or couples can’t secure a table ahead of time, parties of five to eight are able to make advance reservations.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Work up an appetite: Shuffle your feet to the house, soul, disco, or otherwise funky beats at I Love Vinyl’s biweekly Saturday sets (158 Bleecker Street).
Reconnect with Earth: Stop by The New York Earth Room (141 Wooster Street), a free installation created by Walter De Maria in 1977 that consists solely of 280,000 pounds of dirt.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Stop by one of Blue Ribbon’s other acclaimed eateries, such as the Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen (35 Downing Street) or Blue Ribbon Sushi (119 Sullivan Street), just down the block from the Brasserie.