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Aug 10, 2010 06:13 AM

Chef's Tables

I'm looking for restaurants in the New Brunswick area and north to Morristown that will do a chef's table and any related info such as cost minimums, best nights to do it, restrictions on party size, etc.

If you have been to a chef's table anywhere, even outside of the area, I'd also love to hear how it went!

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  1. I have been/dined at a few Chef's Tables. By far the best, most entertaining/informative, has to be the Inn at Little Washington, Virginia. It is about 2 hours sw of D.C. The pomp and ceremony, beginning with the kitchen staff, (15 cooks) lined up to greet you and the incence carrying "Alter Boy" announcing your arrival is way over the top. The menu changes weekly and is superb. You can have as much or as little interaction with all the staff as you wish. It is somewhat pricy $300.00-450.00 for the table (6 seats max). We were 4 and it was very roomy, a fireplace rounds out the kitchen designed after the "Dairy Room" at Buckingham Palace. A true memorable evening, or weekend if you stay in one of the luxurious rooms.

    1. Only one I know of in this area is at Elements in Princeton. -mJ

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      1. re: njfoodies

        Nicolas has a chef's table for up to four people. $150pp minimum. We've gone there and it's outrageous...expensive but wonderful...PS they don't include coffee in the $150 price!!

      2. Gordon Ramsay at The London NYC has a real nice chefs table. Its only $1000/pp for lunch or $1900/pp for dinner. Man thats outrageous for a dinner where Gordon won't even be cooking!

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        1. re: J M S

          Actually JMS, the pricing is not per person, it is for an entire group of up to 8 or 10 I think. We actually had 7, and we had the table for the entire evening. This did not however include wine, which ended up being almost as much as the cost of the table, but we drank well, and we drank a lot! Regardless, it was a memorable evening, and I think we had 8 courses. This also included a glass of Champagne ( Louis Roederer)when we arrived. Gratuity was not included, and come to think of it, coffee or sodas were not included either. We were there in 2008 for dinner, and the pricing was $1800 at the time. Sounds like they raised the price. Regardless, it was worth every penny. It's just too bad Chef Ramsay wasn't in town that night. That would have been awesome! Even so, his staff had nothing but great things to say about him, and they poked fun at his "Hell's Kitchen TV" persona.... -mJ

          1. re: njfoodies

            I thought I read that Gordo is no longer affiliated with the restaurant at the London.

            1. re: bgut1

              He sold the restaurant to the hotel and in the deal they are allowed to use his name and he consults on the menu.

              1. re: bgut1

                I heard the same thing somewhere as well. I don't remember the time frame, but that happened sometime last year, or possibly back in 2008. I don't remember for sure. It wasn't long after we were there for our anniversary though. -mJ