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Manhattan: "Kitchen Table" for 40th birthday celebration recommendation?

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scooter260 Jan 3, 2012 03:18 PM

Greetings!

A group of 6 of us were planning to surprise a family member for his 40th birthday with a killer dining experience. My first thought was to find a restaurant with a great Kitchen Table-like offering. Does anything come to mind? Cost no object!

TIA.

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    peter j RE: scooter260 Jan 3, 2012 03:24 PM

    If "Kitchen Table" means watching the chef prepare and talk about your dishes, then maybe Brooklyn Fare? It's shared counter seating though.

    Otherwise if cost is no object, then the smaller private dining room at Per Se would be perfect for your group. You'll probably be offered a kitchen tour too.

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    Per Se
    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

    1. coasts RE: scooter260 Jan 3, 2012 03:31 PM

      i had dinner on NYE at Ko and it was, to use your word, killer! - different, exciting, challenging, and, most of all, absolutely delicious.

      if i were to return, i'd skip the beverage pairing and order from the wine list. it was too mixed for my taste - wine, sake, beer...yikes. it's playful and i appreciated that, but in the end i would have rather have had a nice bottle of red to enjoy at my leisure, regardless of how it paired.

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      Momofuku Ko
      163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        deepfry7 RE: coasts Jan 3, 2012 03:48 PM

        I believe the max # of people at Ko is 4. In terms of Manhattan, you can go to Beacon for the kitchen counter for their 12-course tasting menu. I haven't been, but Frank Bruni briefly wrote about it a few years ago when talking about Tom Colicchio's Tom Tuesday "pop-up"

        http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/24/din...

        The menu is on the Beacon website. Looks like $98 per person, including wine, but excluding tax and 20% mandatory tip.

        http://beaconnyc.com/flashblocks/down...

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        Beacon
        25 West 56th St., New York, NY 10019

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          kathryn RE: coasts Jan 3, 2012 04:00 PM

          Ko only takes parties of 1, 2, or 4. Their party of 7 (6 + the guest of honor) wouldn't work out.

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          kathryn RE: scooter260 Jan 3, 2012 03:59 PM

          Not a lot of Manhattan restaurants have chef's tables in the kitchen.

          Cost-wise, I assume it makes more sense to just make the kitchen smaller and put more smaller tables in the regular dining area especially since smaller tables can turn faster).

          I believe the following have chef's tables in the kitchen:

          Gordon Ramsey at the London
          Bouley
          Le Cirque
          Il Buco
          Olives
          Park Avenue Winter
          Kitchen Counter at the Beacon
          Oceana
          Barbuto
          SD26

          Daniel has its Skybox, above the kitchen, but it only seats 4.

          If you're OK with a "chef's counter" you have a few more options but it may be unwieldy with a group of your size:
          Aldea
          Kyo Ya

          Degustation usually gets mentioned in these conservations as it has an open kitchen, but the layout of Degustation is tough for a party of more than 2 people.

          So is the "pass" at Hearth (seats 3) and some of the other "chef's table" options in town (usually 2 or 4 tops near the open kitchen).

          The Breslin does large format meals at the chef's table (seats up to 12), which is located directly next to the kitchen, for example, but not in the kitchen.

          Maialino has what they call a Chef's Table in their wine room, but it only seats up to 4 and is not in the kitchen.

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          Barbuto
          775 Washington St., New York, NY 10014

          Hearth
          403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

          Degustation
          239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

          Park Avenue Cafe
          100 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10021

          Il Buco
          47 Bond St., New York, NY 10012

          Olives
          201 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003

          Kyo Ya
          94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Le Cirque
          151 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

          Oceana
          120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

          Beacon
          25 West 56th St., New York, NY 10019

          Gordon Ramsay at the London
          151 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

          Aldea
          31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

          Bouley
          163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

          The Breslin
          20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          SD26
          19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

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