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Need a restaurant with a bar so I can watch the kitchen...

Last time I was in NYC I ate at Nougat, Momofuku Noodle Bar, and Tabla.
All had a bar where I could sit and eat and watch the kitchen!!
Im alone travelling and prefer not to go to a stuffy restaurant by myself.

SO...can you suggest a few more places with great food and a bar where I can sit and eat while watching the kitchen.

Im staying midtown - west side.

Many thanks. You guys are great.

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Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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  1. How about Hearth?
    JeremyEG
    homecooklocavore.com

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    1. re: JeremyEG

      Thanks JeremyEG, checked out the menu...its ok. Nothing earth shattering but I appreciate the suggestion. Anything else come to mind?

      1. re: domesticgodess

        Hearth is quite simple but the food is really spectacular! How about Degustation?

        1. re: domesticgodess

          Hearth is a terrific restaurant and has the best experience in the category you are looking for.

      2. Since you've been to Noodle Bar, I highly recommend you try Momofuku Ko. I've dined many times solo at Ko, and have always enjoyed watching the preparation/cooking of some of the most extraordinary food in NYC. You do need a reservation (unlike Noodle Bar).

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        Momofuku Ko
        163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

        1. Mercat has a few seats facing the kitchen. You can see 'em there in the picture.

          http://www.mercatnyc.com/

          1. numerous open kitchens & chef's counters discussed here:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/684989

            1. L'atelier Joel roubachon would suit this just fine!

              1. Aldea has an open kitchen seating area where you can literally see all the action.

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                Aldea
                31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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                1. re: fooder

                  thanks for all the great suggestions. I have been to L'atelier in Vegas. One of the best meals I had. Will keep you posted.

                2. Second Ko, if you can swing the price. One of the most memorable meals I ever had, and fascinating to watch it prepared. Just don't expect any ingratiating behavior from the chefs - they are there to work, not entertain.

                  1. Casa Mono fits the bill.

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                    Casa Mono
                    52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

                      1. Casa Mono, and the back bar at Hecho en dumbo both have good kitchen watching. Cool Staff, sometimes some light banter w the audience, not much, but usually theres not any, but seems like they work well together at least. Both have great food and could never be described as stuffy.

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                        Casa Mono
                        52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003