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Open kitchen aside from Degustation?

Singar Sep 16, 2008 08:42 AM

Just wondering, does New York have more great "open kitchen" restaurants like Degustation?

I am looking for non-Japanese/sushi, though. Also, aside from Robuchon and Boqueria.


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    kathryn Sep 16, 2008 08:47 AM

    Open Kitchen/Counter seatings/Eat at the bar (upscale? casual?):
    The counter at Shopsin's
    The counter at Chikalicious
    The seats the "pass" at Hearth
    Momofuku Ko (good luck getting in)
    the Kitchen Counter at the Beacon (tasting menu only, only on Thursday nights, IIRC)

    I'm sure there are more tapas/wine bar places where you can watch the chefs cook but not all seats have a view of the kitchen. Terroir is one. Casa Mono. I'm sure there are others....

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    1. re: kathryn
      ESNY Sep 16, 2008 01:25 PM

      I guess you can add Apizz and Luzzos, both of the ovens there are right out in the open.

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        a_and_w Sep 17, 2008 09:03 AM

        Second the Hearth and Apizz suggestions.

      2. re: kathryn
        Singar Sep 19, 2008 11:35 PM

        I'm actually looking for restaurants that are centered around the open kitchen / cook in front of you concept.

        So I guess Ko, Chikalicious and Degustation fit the bill. Are there others?


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        RCC Sep 16, 2008 08:58 AM

        I haven't been to Boqueria in a few months. The times that I was there, I did not notice that they had an open kitchen.

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          RCC Sep 16, 2008 11:18 AM

          Peasant has an open kitchen, but there's no seating that looks over it.
          Same with Fairway Cafe and Steakhouse.

          Casellula has an open kitchen with bar seats that can look over the food and drinks preparation.

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          kobetobiko Sep 16, 2008 07:53 PM

          Adding to the list is Dell'Anima

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            small h Sep 17, 2008 10:05 AM

            Mercat has a counter by the open kitchen, with 4 seats, I think.

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              Singar Sep 20, 2008 08:49 AM

              Any other thoughts?


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              1. re: Singar
                jcooper Sep 22, 2008 06:09 PM

                How about Zoe in Soho? They have a great "bar" right in front of the food prep area. Haven't been in a while, but it was a lot of fun last time I went. Good for tweens and teenagers too.,

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                  eeee Sep 22, 2008 06:15 PM

                  Elettaria's is actually quite open. good for observing on boring blind dates.

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                jthefoodie Sep 22, 2008 08:42 PM

                Casa Mono's kitchen is open, it's not much drama but it's decent entertainment if you're sitting at the bar. (can't see much if you're sitting at a table)

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                  kjsnow25 Sep 23, 2008 10:32 AM

                  Barbuto in the W Vil has a kitchen table, does it not? I remember trying to book that a few times a while back...

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                  1. re: kjsnow25
                    kathryn Sep 23, 2008 10:38 AM

                    Chef's table is different from open kitchen though...

                  2. MsAlyp Sep 23, 2008 12:02 PM

                    WD 50 has an open kitchen, if you sit in the back you can see right in.

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                    1. re: MsAlyp
                      kathryn Sep 23, 2008 07:32 PM

                      Kitchen doors that just happen to be open isn't really "open kitchen" though -- the OP is looking for places where the focus is being able to see *and* interact with the chefs. And it's not a "special request," "chef's table," or "only these 4 seats" thing...

                      In that case, I think the only real contenders are Ko, Degustation, Chikalicious, and Kitchen Counter at Beacon.

                    2. Deenso Sep 23, 2008 01:36 PM

                      kitchen counter @ Beacon - seats 6, by reservation only, on Thursday nights. It's smack in front of the kitchen.


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