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What restaurants have chef's tables?

cakster Feb 2, 2010 06:53 AM

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?

  1. ttoommyy Feb 2, 2010 06:59 AM

    Bellavitae on Minetta Lane has a "chef's table" which is actually a bar that is along the station where many of the antipasti are made. I've sat there in the past and had a wonderful time. Caveat: I have not been to Bellavitae in over a year.


    1. Spiritchaser Feb 2, 2010 07:18 AM

      Gordon Ramsey at The London hotel has a Chef's table

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        gutsofsteel Feb 2, 2010 08:50 AM

        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.

        1. k
          kathryn Feb 2, 2010 04:48 PM

          Previous thread:

          Gordon Ramsey at the London
          Le Cirque
          Il Buco
          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:

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          1. re: kathryn
            RGR Feb 3, 2010 06:59 AM

            Country? Has the formal dining room reopened?

            1. re: RGR
              kathryn Feb 3, 2010 07:52 AM

              Oops, sorry about that, I have no idea.

              1. re: kathryn
                RGR Feb 3, 2010 08:21 AM

                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...

            2. re: kathryn
              ellenost Feb 3, 2010 08:28 AM

              Unfortunately the OP definitely could not put together a party at Ko's counter (maximum reservation size is 4, and the reservation for 4 is--I would imagine--pretty difficult to get).

              1. re: ellenost
                orthorunner Feb 3, 2010 06:33 PM

                Don't think anyone has mentioned Degustation yet; a good choice though not sure how hard it is to get a larger group in there.
                Just like Ko, as noted above:

            3. t
              taboo Feb 3, 2010 05:21 AM

              Chef's counter at Aldea, there is a table in the kitchen of Oceana that is great too.

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                RIFK May 4, 2010 09:13 AM

                I have been looking or the same thing, but have yet to find one that is exactly right for a goup of 8-10 people (bday party). I"m looking for something in the kitchen (had this experience at Tru in Chicago). Did you find anything?

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                1. re: RIFK
                  chow_gal May 4, 2010 10:24 AM


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