Blue Ribbon (Brooklyn)

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Wednesday, Rachel and I dined at Blue Ribbon (on 5th Avenue in Brooklyn.)  We both enjoyed it very much.  We decided to go because of Brooklyn Dining week(most of the restaurants are offering $20 pre-fixe meals…some even cover two people for that price!)

We ordered one of the $20 pre-fixe meals and selected Duck Terrine, Beef Brisket, and Bread pudding for our options.  We also ordered the much talked about Bone Marrow and Oxtail marmalade, and Grilled Catfish so we would have enough for two people.

The highlight of the meal for me was the Bone Marrow and Oxtail marmalade.  This was brought out on a large oval plate…and on the plate were 3 cross sections of bone with the marrow still inside.  Surrounding the bones on the plate was the Oxtail marmalade and pieces of toasted Challah bread.  The barrow was opaque white with the consistency that was a cross section of gelatin and fat.  The marmalade was a reduction of beef broth with small chuncks of Oxtail meat.  So, I first tried the marrow by itself and it was very bland.  I then spread some of the marrow on a piece of bread and followed it with some of the marmalade, and finally sprinkled a bit of coarse kosher salt on top.  This tasted amazing!

I know the name and the description of the plate doesn’t do it any justice.  You’ll just have to experience this yourself.  I’ve heard from my friend Mark that when most restaurants close for the day, the chefs and the staff frequently make their way to Blue Ribbon in Manhattan and order this dish.  Now, I know why!