Blue Ribbon Brasserie was the first restaurant that ever received a 9.0 rating on The Infatuation. We published that initial review in August of 2009, not long after we birthed this fussy child of a website. Now that this thing has grown into a spoiled teenager, we figured it was time to circle back around on one of our most highly-held establishments.
Not that we really needed to. I've been to this, the original restaurant in the Blue Ribbon empire, so many times in the last six years that I could probably throw on a crisp white shirt and stand in as a server in the event of an emergency, except for the fact that I tend to sweat and yell at people when I get nervous. I can tell you with confidence that this place is exactly as good today as it was when it opened in 1992.
The thing you need to understand about Blue Ribbon and its 9.0 rating is that it did not earn that high number for being the greatest meal you can have in New York City. But Blue Ribbon is the greatest meal you can have at 3am in the world. And that's part of why you live here, isn't it? Aren't you the person who visits other major cities and complains about how everyone goes to bed too early? Or how you can't get a slice of pizza at midnight? Or how grass and fresh air makes your skin itch? Well, Blue Ribbon Brasserie is the thing you have that nobody else does. While everyone else in lesser cities sleeps soundly in their "houses," you get to eat bone marrow and fried chicken from a white table cloth, in a room full (and it will be full) of other like-minded individuals at some unholy hour of the early morning. On a Tuesday.
What has always surprised me is how few people even know that. Most of the time when I tell people that Blue Ribbon is my favorite restaurant, they reply, "Oh, the sushi place!" or "You mean that chicken spot in the bowling alley?" This brand now has about 15 other establishments under its banner, and while we're glad it has seen that level of success, most people these days don't even know what the Brasserie is.
So with this updated review, let's just say that if you find yourself in that group, you should fix it. Blue Ribbon is open until 4am every night, waiting to show you the way. Just pray you don't see me stroll up to take your order. For both of our sakes.
Hit this and hit it good. The oysters are always fresh and amazing. Anything crab related is a winner, as are the scallops.
Beef Marrow & Oxtail Marmalade
This is a signature dish at Blue Ribbon Brasserie, and most nights you will see this platter of beef shanks sitting on at least five tables. Scoop some marrow and a bit of oxtail marmalade onto a piece of toast, add a little coarse salt, enjoy. Guaranteed to satisfy cravings that you didn't know you had.
Served with mashed potatoes, collard greens, and honey, just writing about this is making me crave it...it's only midnight after all...I could be seated and eating by 1am.
A nice piece of fish, and probably the best fish option on the menu. You won't regret ordering it, but you will be tempted to be more adventurous.
Hanger steaks, skirt steaks, flank steaks...we love them all, and this is another good one.