Blue Ribbon — it’s a traditional kind of mom-and-pop place, but they wouldn’t like to be called mom-and-pop. It’s an institution. Their first restaurant was on Sullivan Street in Soho, and then they opened a bakery in the West Village and Blue Ribbon Sushi, and then they opened on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope in Brooklyn. Close to my house, they opened Blue Ribbon Brooklyn. It’s a place where they bake their own bread. The servers are all amazing. They always have an oyster shucker behind the bar; there is always great raw food and seafood. If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll be happy there. If you’re a carnivore, you’ll be happy there. If you don’t eat seafood, you’ll be happy there. Everything is fresh. Everything is done right, and they are serving food until four in the morning.
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