Blenheim restaurant is named after our 150-acre Blenheim Hill Farm in the Catskills, where we raise guinea hens, 3 different breeds of heritage pigs, including the rare Mangalitsa breed, as well as Icelandic lamb. We also keep bees, make maple syrup, and forage the land and grow our own greens.
The Blenheim experience is very unique and goes above and beyond the term "farm-to-table". The restaurant was designed by the proprietors, Morten Sohlberg and Min Ye, who split their time between being restaurateurs in Manhattan and working alongside their full-time staff at the farm. Ingredients on the restaurant's menu are quite literally "grown to order."
“Blenheim was named one of the 10 sexiest restaurant
in New York by Zagat"
The hands-on approach doesn’t end there: Morten, who had a previous career in design, is also the mind behind the design, right down to the handcrafted furniture. He juxtaposes simplified modern lines with antique details that establish a refreshed sense of a pastoral retreat.
Housed in a historic building in the West Village, the restaurant balances the aesthetic on clean, minimalist lines interrupted by custom pieces Morten created. The moss green cement tables bordered with copper, for instance, were designed by Morten, who built them puzzle-like to be grouped together or apart. Chairs are adorned in bright materials, as well as cozy banquettes that look out of floor-to-ceiling windows.
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The restaurant includes clever elements inspired from the barn, such as the 12-person private dining room fondly nicknamed “The Tool Shed” with glass barn doors and playful wall art featuring 18th century tools. Al fresco seating with 26 seats gives guests a spot to catch the early evening sun, as well as enjoy late summer nights in the West Village’s vibrant neighborhood.
In search of a wonderful unpretentious experience, the owners also placed great attention to detail in the ambiance of the restaurant. Realizing that most restaurants are too noisy for pleasant conversation, Blenheim thoroughly planned acoustics to allow for an ambiance free from the echoing noise found in many NYC restaurants.
Many pieces throughout the restaurant were customized and created by the owners. The hanging lamps in the Tool Shed were actually old milk jugs found in the forest among the sugar maples of Blenheim Hill Farm. The previous generation of farmers had used them for target practice, which explains the holes in the jugs.