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Open kitchen aside from Degustation?

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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  1. 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

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

      1. re: ESNY

        Second the Hearth and Apizz suggestions.

      2. re: kathryn

        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?


      3. 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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        1. re: RCC

          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.

        2. Adding to the list is Dell'Anima

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

              1. re: Singar

                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.,

                1. re: jcooper

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

              2. 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)

                1. 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

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

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

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                    1. re: MsAlyp

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