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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!