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Restaurant recommendations with counter-height tables

Can anyone recommend some good restaurants (high teens/low twenties for entrees) with bar/counter-height tables? Someone in our party can't sit for long periods (back pain). Since it's for four people, it's harder to just eat at the bar and have a group conversation.

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  1. that's a tough one! first thing that comes to mind is Socarrat Paella Bar in Chelsea. They have one long table that runs through the center of the room, as well as one round table four-top at the end. It's a small place and there's not much room to maneuver, so I'm not positive that it's best for your situation. something to consider though.

    259 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

    1. i believe bar carrera , the tapas place, on 2nd ave @ 12th street has them

      1. Otto in the front of the house.

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        1. re: steve h.

          Second Otto. Lots of standing height tables without chairs in the front bar area.

        2. Perbacco has a couple of these, I'm pretty sure: see picture - do they look tall enough?

          1. Graffit on W 69th has counter-height tables in their bar area. Buceo 95 also has counter-height tables. Both serve tapas, although I think Graffit also allows you to order from their regular dinner menu at the bar.

            Buceo 95
            201 W 95th St, New York, NY 10025

            141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

            1. I'd also add on El Quinto Pino.

              El Quinto Pino
              401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

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              1. re: kathryn

                But don't they only have counter seating? Not the best setup for a party of four. Unless something has changed since my last visit.

                1. re: small h

                  There's a table for four up front where one person could probably stand while the others sit, and not be in the way. Or you could sit/stand against the corner wall.

                  1. re: kathryn

                    It's not a felony to hijack a bar stool or three at Otto.

                    On a different tack, Tia Pol used to have counter-height tables with stools. Haven't been there in over a year but I liked the place a lot.

                    Tia Pol
                    205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                    1. re: steve h.

                      At Otto I've done two sitting at the bar and three standing, all eating at the bar. Worked out fine.

                      1. re: kathryn

                        Otto, at the bar, is seriously underrated.

              2. Boqueria on Spring has raised bar stool height tables, if that's what you're looking for. The chairs are extended height, but the set up is still for seated dining. The lack of standard seating actually proved problematic for one of my companions during our visit.

                You might also consider somewhere with couch style seating?

                171 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                1. Thank you everyone! I can always count on the chowhound community.

                  seems that tapas places love counter height seating. I'll likely go that route then. i'd go with Otto but it's probably too limited of a menu.

                  Thanks again!

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                  1. re: wysiwyg

                    If you want an alternative to tapas, you can walk in at Maialino and request the tables by the bar. Most of the dishes offered in the main dining room are also offered in the bar area (the signature maialino al forno is a notable exception). It's popular so be prepared for a bit of a wait. The John Dory Oyster Bar also offers counter height seating, but I believe the waits there are bordering on ridiculous.

                    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                    The John Dory Oyster Bar
                    1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

                    1. re: sheio

                      john dory is a really great suggestion, seating wise....but it really can be a mob scene.

                      you can also order a limited menu from the breslin kitchen, out of the ace lobby seating.