What restaurants have chef's tables?
I'm looking to put a fun party together at a chef's table anywhere in Manhattan. Where everybody sits at a big table either in or next to the kitchen, chats with the chef, has a fun meal. I thought I saw one on Irving, but I'm not sure. Where are some good ones?
The pass at Hearth is exactly what you're describing. But be aware that you cannot reserve there - it's first come first served. So you should arrive a few minutes prior to opening to be safe. Or else show up 90 mins after that and be prepared to wait if necessary.
Gordon Ramsey at the London
Park Avenue Winter
Kitchen Counter at the Beacon
And I would add Aldea's chef's counter, the chef's counter at Kyo Ya, chef's counter at Mercat, the counter at Chikalicious. And the open kitchens of Momofuku Ko, Degustation, Casa Mono, might also interest you.
More open kitchens:
I recalled reading that there were some new doings at Country, so I did a search. Nothing about the formal dining room reopening, at least, as of yet. In December, Gael Greene reported that Chef Laurent Manrique, now in San Francisco (formerly chef of the Waldorf's Peacock Alley), was in talks with the hotel's owners about taking it over as a consultant.
Also in December, the Diner's Journal reported that the Cafe has a new chef: http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...