This was the second time we ate at Blue Hill at Stone Barns (the first was about a year ago.) Our second visit was not as fun because, first, we knew the routine - one dish brought out at a time, an excursion to somewhere else (kitchen, special room with compost) part way through the meal. But also, it was disappointing to see some of the same things on the menu as we had last time. Yes, it was the almost the same time of year, but surely a restaurant of this caliber can be more creative.
And sometimes they were a bit too creative on this visit... We were served a slice of melon that had been fermented. With the first (and last) bite, I said to my husband, "This tastes exactly like cow manure smells." Well, when we were ushered to the compost room for our half of a baby potato, we saw/smelled where the fermenting had taken place: in a bag placed in the compost bin. Ew. "That explains it," I thought.
Also, I know one eats seasonally at Stone Barns - but the menu was very, very heavy on beets, squash and parsnips. While the beet jerky was out of this world (please! sell to the general public in quantity!) and the beet sliders were so great we could have eaten ten more each, it was a bit much to have so many sweet vegetables at one sitting, especially if one leans toward the savory as I do.
So, while I would recommend BH at SB ONE time, I don't think it is worth subsequent visits, especially if you go close to the same season you went before.
Two other observations: 1. The staff is quite wonderful. 2.I would not bother with the deli for lunch. The food is nothing special. Also, we got a bag of popcorn and it was stale as could be.