Blue Ribbon SoHo
97 Sullivan St (Bet Prince & Spring Sts)
City: New York, NY
Phone: (212) 274-0404
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Cuisine: New American
2nd Cuisine: Seafood
Entree Price: $25-30
Blue Ribbon in Soho embodies all that is surf-n-turf. The tiny, dimly lit restaurant remains unassuming at first glance, yet once you step behind the curtain surrounding the front door, the atmosphere envelopes you and things start warming up.
We started our party at the little bar by the window that remained severely packed for its square footage. Perhaps because I was with friends I felt immediately comfortable here. Soon we were seated by the friendly wait staff in a cozy booth.
The food at Blue Ribbon is outstanding. We began with a cheese fondue ($16.75); dipping thick chunks of apple and bread into creamy melted cheese. I devoured a warm goat cheese salad ($13.75) while my neighbor embraced a popular delicacy of beef marrow and oxtail marmalade ($16.75) that Blue Ribbon serves.
Much of Blue Ribbon’s fame comes from the fruits de mer, the deliciously fresh raw bar. You can choose from oysters ($18.00), ½ lobster ($17.00), and even raw scallops ($18.00).
The main courses represent the true blend of surf-n-turf. From lobster served with corn on the cob and baked potato ($34) to hanger steak with mushrooms and onion rings ($27.50). You will also find crispy fried chicken served with mashed potatoes and collard greens ($25.50), pigeon with toasted barley, sweet potato and apple ($29.50), and catfish with sweet and spicy skin and the most tender meat underneath that founds its way onto my plate ($25.75). Rack of lamb ($34.00) and a Roasted Duck Club ($19.75) are also offered.
Blue Ribbon is the ideal restaurant for an intimate gathering where absolutely delicious food is needed. It is hard not to fully indulge, so bring your wallet. SoHo would not be the same place without the fabulous fare of Blue Ribbon.
Review By: Rachel Sult