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Jan 7, 2009 05:54 AM

Manhattan Chef's Table

I will be in Manhattan in April with my family (6 of us) and was looking to do something a bit out of the ordinary. Usually we go to a nice dinner (Gordon Ramsay, Per Se, etc.) but this year I was thinking about finding a great restaurant with a Chef's table in the kitchen that we can dine at and have a interactive experience. I live in Philadelphia and several restaurants here offer this. Price is really no object, I just want great food and a great experience.

I looked on the boards and didn't find any discussions on this, but I find it hard to believe that none of the finer restaurants in Manhattan have a chef's table. Any input or reviews of chef's table experiences in Manhattan would be appreciated.

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  1. Places offer this as an event, though I don't know of any restaurants that do this on a regular basis. Check out the James Beard Foundation's website, as they often have events like this. Also, Zagat Buzz might put you in the know of what is going on while you're in town... I am sure you can find something interesting and interactive going on.

      1. Try the Kitchen Counter at Beacon. It's only offered once a week though on Thursdays.

        Sample menu:

        Also Bloomfield Road offers a chef's table as well.

        1. I ate at the Chef's table at Gordon Ramsay at the London. It was wonderful

          4 Replies
          1. re: misnatalie

            Second the chef's table at GR. But I think the best chef's table got to be Tom's Tuesday by Tom Colicchio. (only if you can get a reservation)

            1. re: kobetobiko

              Just dine at degustation, get a chefs table experience and amazing food. Beacon is good, but so heavy you walkaway never wanting to eat again.

              1. re: ginsbera

                Degustation's counter seating is best for 2 (OP mentioned they will be a party of 6). I went once with 3 (sat on a corner) and it was a bit awkward.

                1. re: financialdistrictresident

                  my bad, didn't see it was for 6. Wouldnt recommend Degustation for more than 3, and with that a corner is a must like you said.

          2. forget about dining in the kitchen...dine above it in the Skybox at Daniel. i've done gordon ramsay chef's table and it was to get up and cook the dessert ourselves with the pastry chef. exec chef josh emmit was great. took time to come over and hang out with us.