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L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon -Counter or Table?

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AndyNYC Dec 5, 2009 07:52 AM

I am going here tonight with my wife to celebrate our anniversary. I know counter seating is preferred but being it is our anniversary, are we better off with a table? More intimtae perhaps? Anyone have a suggestion? Thanks.

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    everettk Dec 5, 2009 03:36 PM

    I had dinner at L'Atelier last night, December 4th. It was fantastic. Sit with your wife at the counter, watching them cook and serve is one of the most charming aspects of the restaurant. It is still totally romantic, and the regular tables are sort of "left out" of the action. I had the club menu (5 courses for $85) and it was great. They also have the "discovery" menu at $185, which looked amazing but I didn't have enough time before a show to properly enjoy it. I would recommend a bottle of Pinot to go with the discovery menu, as it would cover most bases, where I would do by the glass for the club menu. Enjoy, you are going to have a fantastic meal!

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      edwardspk Dec 6, 2009 07:41 AM

      I've eaten at both a table and the counter an preferred the counter. As already mentioned, you hav a view into the kitchen, and the minimalist arrangements you see while seated at the counter are stunning. In my opinion, the counter is a better, more memorable experience. Hope you have a great time. Happy anniversary!

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        UES Mayor Dec 7, 2009 03:34 AM

        Counter! end of story

        1. Miss Needle Dec 7, 2009 04:48 AM

          Having eaten at both counter and table, I would say counter. And I do think it is intimate as you will be sitting side by side.

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            financialdistrictresident Dec 7, 2009 12:06 PM

            Ditto.

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            DutchOenophile Dec 7, 2009 04:03 PM

            Definitely counter. Tables are Siberia.

            1. Sommelier Dec 8, 2009 08:41 AM

              The counter! Let the rubes have the tables.

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