Alternate to Brooklyn Fare
I tried getting into Brooklyn Fare but they are booked for the date I need -- so where to now?! I am looking for a cool experience liked Brooklyn Fare Chef's Table would have provided. Similar price point is good (cheaper is better), but what really matters is the experience (something like Tickets in Barcelona, Next or Alinea in Chicago) and the quality of food. Any help would be much appreciated!
Willing to travel? Tallula's Table, in Kennett Square, PA, seems to have originated the concept of the farmhouse table. Their farmhouse table is booked (literally) 365 days in advance, but a smaller, kitchen table is booked a few weeks in advance and provides an even more intimate meal. They are BYO and can recommend some nearby B&Bs for overnight lodging. They were featured on NPR a few years back and, despite some personnel changes in the kitchen, remain a wonderful experience, not too dissimilar from Brooklyn Fare. Kennett Square is located South of Philly, maybe a 2 hour ride from NYC. It is also the mushroom capital of the USA, with 80% of US mushrooms grown there. Tallula's uses local mushrooms in several of their dishes.
Colonie in Brooklyn has counter seating at the open kitchen (like Brooklyn Fare) and a chef who worked at Per Se and Noma. They'll do a tasting menu for you (with wine pairings if you want) and it's WAY cheaper than any of the places you mentioned. Cool spot! Beautiful restaurant, great food.
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
For the experience, Momofuku Ko or the 10 course tasting menu at Degustation. (Although I'm not really sure why you'd compare it to Next or Alinea, as neither is anything like Brooklyn Fare IMO).
For the food alone, I'd actually say the sushi bar at Sushi of Gari is the closest I've had to Brooklyn Fare.
239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003
370 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024
163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003