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help - need "chef's table/Kitchen table" suggestions for party

Jill Aug 20, 2001 03:39 PM

My husband, a foodie and winey(?) is turning 35. And I thought I would have an intimate dinner party for 10 - only Park Avenue's chef's table is booked! I need alternate suggestions. I'd like to spend about $1500 for a party of 10.


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    Dena RE: Jill Aug 20, 2001 05:09 PM

    There's a list of restaurants with chef's/in-the-kitchen tables in the much-maligned Zagat. I don't know if any of these are in the $1500 category, but, besides Park Avenue Cafe, they list Alain Ducasse, Beppe, Circo, Le Cirque 2000, One C.P.S. and Smith & Wollensky. For whatever reason, they didn't include Le Bernardin or Jean-Georges, where I believe there are also chef's tables. And there must be more.

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      rhubarb RE: Jill Aug 20, 2001 09:00 PM

      Fressen on 14th in the meat packing district has a nice kitchen upstairs for private chefs tables.

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        margaret RE: Jill Aug 21, 2001 10:53 AM

        what is a "chef's table"????

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          Dena RE: margaret Aug 21, 2001 11:46 AM

          It's a table either in the kitchen or just off the kitchen where you pay lots more than you ordinarily would for the privilege of watching what goes on in a professional kitchen and eating a meal prepared especially for you by the chef de cuisine. Often he/she will schmooze a little with you if the place isn't running at full tilt. They usually seat a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10.

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          gab RE: Jill Aug 21, 2001 12:34 PM

          While not a chef's table, I've always wanted to do a private party downstairs at Blue Ribbon Bakery. They have two private rooms downstairs for groups.

          Also, I know that Savoy has private parties in their wonderfully intimate upstairs dining room. You might have to have a few more than 10, though. But it's worth investigating. Again, it's not a chef's table, but in eating there one can't help but feel that they're in someone's private home.

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            howard RE: gab Aug 21, 2001 04:09 PM

            Savoy upstairs and BR Bakery downstairs are both great ideas. Very good food and wine at both too. Friendly service.Check out the spaces,talk to the managers.

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            chowbabe RE: Jill Aug 21, 2001 05:04 PM

            I believe that Olive's in the W Union Square has a chef's table.

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              Camy RE: Jill Aug 22, 2001 12:15 PM

              Mercer's Kitchen is nice. My friend had a birthday party for 12 there and we sat downstairs in front of the kitchen. The food was delicious. Try the bleeding chocolate cake if you do go.

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