Kitchen view tables?
I'm interested in taking my wife to a place with great food that has reservable seats overlooking the kitchen - like Hearth in the East Village? Anyone know of any others?
Some tables at Lincoln overlook the open kitchen but are not directly on it.
Speaking of Eataly, Verdure and Pesci both are counter seating that surround the kitchen and prep areas. No matter where you sit, you are part of the action. Also, at their restaurant Pranzo, which is only open for lunch (and doubles as the school mentioned above), the kitchen is right out in the open plus you can see the cooktops on the video monitors.
Counter/open kitchen (excluding sushi bars):
Kyo Ya's chef's counter
Aldea's chef's counter
I think Toro & Joseph Leonard (both perhaps more casual than maybe you're looking for) have a few bar stools that look directly into the kitchen.
I believe the following have chef's tables in or near the kitchen:
Gordon Ramsey at the London
Bouley's Chef's Pass / David Bouley Test Kitchen
Daniel has its Skybox, above the kitchen, seats 4.
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.
dell'anima has a bar facing the kitchen. so does l'artusi. north end grill also has bar seats facing the kitchen (i'd go for the ones across from the grill). pretty sure kin shop also has a bar counter across from the kitchen.
although, i'm not sure if any of these are reservable.
Maybe too casual but Chez Sardine has four seats that look into the prep area.
If you consider Brooklyn, Luksus has some great seats at the open kitchen area.
The kitchen view was nice, similar to other kitchen view seats that we've had, such as at Hearth. It's always fun watching the chefs do their work. Yesterday NYC got hit with a major storm, so the restaurant was not exactly jam-packed (though not empty). The kitchen, accordingly, was not particularly busy.
The kitchen view mainly whetted our appetites for dishes we hadn't ordered, making us more likely to come back again :-).