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Apr 23, 2012 04:22 PM

Battersby Chef's Table

Hi everyone! First time poster, long time reader...

I'm looking to go to a different restaurant than the usual for my birthday next month with my dad, and have read tons of fantastic reviews of Battersby. I was wondering if anyone had done the chef's table, and can explain to me a bit more about how that works with getting a spot, cost, if it's something special/worth the price/is there a different price? I'm definitely interested in doing the spontaneous tasting menu but wanted to see what your experiences have been with the chef's table.

Thanks so much!

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  1. Went there once with the Hole In The Wall Gang. FANTASTIC. One of the most creative meals in years. Go there if you can get there early. No reservations. Put yourself in their hands with confidence.

    1. We went for my birthday dinner and really enjoyed it. I recommend going there around 6:30 and putting your name in and then they will text you when a table is available. You then can get a drink somewhere in the neighborhood (Bar Harry or Jakewalk are right there) and eat around 8pm.

      1. I don't understand what the fuss is about this place. It's way overpriced, and the food is just ok; there was nothing creative on display in the fish and pasta dishes I tried.

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        1. re: jpbelmondo

          Wife and I tried it for the first time over the weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed the 2 amuses,one of which was a shot of chilled cucumber soup (nice on a hot summer day on the back patio), the other a delicious piece of bread with house-made ricotta. We shared the tomato and mozzarella salad which was fantastic. For mains she had the pasta with peeky toe crab, clams and chile which was very good. I however was very dissatisfied with the pork belly parmigiana that I ordered, it was nauseatingly fatty and I had a stomachache for the next 24 hours. We liked most of what we ate, but I do agree a bit with jpbelmondo regarding price, we spent nearly $100 including tip for 1 glass of wine, 1 salad, 1 meat dish and 1 pasta dish. I think it was a good meal for the neighborhood, because the sad fact is that there really aren't a whole lot of places around here to get a really good complete meal at a reasonable price.

          1. re: fishermb

            that's not true at all. there are a number of good, more or less affordable restaurants in the neighborhood, including frankie's spuntino, rucola, fregola, hibino, chez moi, arthur on smith, char no. 4, buttermilk channel, building on bond, pok pok, and many more. we very rarely (or ever) break the $100 barrier on dinner at any of those places, tip, tax and drinks included.

            1. re: jon

              Jon - Perhaps I just speak out of being bored, living in the neighborhood for a number of years. While I agree with some of your suggestions (I have never been disapponted once at Hibino despite eating there every week for years), I think others are pretty uneven, and as you said, are "good" but, I said "really good".

          2. re: jpbelmondo

            just feel obliged to defend battersby a bit; i went there for my birthday dinner in april and was really blown away by the whole experience. as far as the fish/pasta realm, at the time they had an uni spaghetti dish on the menu that i thought was really delicious and unique (spiked with lots of chile and lemon, perfectly al dente). considering that they are really trying to put together an elevated dining experience (service was great across the board, btw), i think the pricing is incredibly fair, especially when compared with manhattan. (i've spent at least $50 more for dinner at hearth, for example, and wasn't nearly as impressed with the food or service). we are going back to do the spontaneous tasting menu for our anniversary next week and when i emailed about a reservation, i got a very prompt and polite response.

          3. I looked into the chef's table for a family event this spring. We ultimately decided to go somewhere else, but I got a very friendly and fast response from the hostess:

            The chef's table accommodates only up to 4 people.

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            1. re: hannahcampbell

              We did the Chef's table for our anniversary last month and I have to say I was pretty disappointed. We thought the courses were not balanced...three in a row had rich, creamy sauces..and a couple of the courses were just blah. In fact I can barely remember any of them, except the sweetbreads dish, which was quite good. Also, while service was prompt and efficient, it was not particularly warm or informative. For the money I think there are many better options. I might try Battersby again but would not go for the tasting menu.