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

domesticgodess Jun 16, 2010 05:35 PM

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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    JeremyEG Jun 16, 2010 05:46 PM

    How about Hearth?
    JeremyEG
    homecooklocavore.com

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      domesticgodess Jun 16, 2010 05:53 PM

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

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        JeremyEG Jun 16, 2010 06:01 PM

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

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          gutsofsteel Jun 17, 2010 04:45 AM

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

      2. ellenost Jun 16, 2010 05:52 PM

        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

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          small h Jun 16, 2010 06:09 PM

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

          http://www.mercatnyc.com/

          1. goodhealthgourmet Jun 16, 2010 07:02 PM

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

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              UES Mayor Jun 17, 2010 04:24 AM

              L'atelier Joel roubachon would suit this just fine!

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                fooder Jun 17, 2010 05:11 AM

                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
                  domesticgodess Jun 20, 2010 07:16 PM

                  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.

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                  hungrycomposer Jun 20, 2010 08:15 PM

                  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. MMRuth Jun 21, 2010 05:06 AM

                    Casa Mono fits the bill.

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                    Casa Mono
                    52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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                      ExFlexitarian Jun 21, 2010 10:43 AM

                      Traif in Williamsburg

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                        Hey19 Jun 21, 2010 11:29 AM

                        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

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