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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?

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    ABC Kitchen
    Some tables at Lincoln overlook the open kitchen but are not directly on it.

    1. You should also consider Momofuku Ko and Atera.

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      1. re: ellenost

        Other than sitting at the sushi bar at Masa, these two would top my list.

      2. Traif in Brooklyn is a great one. I know this is a little different but Eataly does a class (with wine tasting) where they cook for you.


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        1. re: exploringny

          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.

          1. re: ttoommyy

            I've had a few excellent meals at Verdure yet haven't been recently

        2. Degustation or Kappo at Ma Peche

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            1. re: JC2

              Unfortunately Kappo at Ma Peche is being discontinued after Saturday, 2/15. I was lucky to have enjoyed it two weeks ago.

              1. re: ellenost

                That really is a shame. I had a fabulous bday dinner last summer, and kept meaning to go back. Anyone know why?

            2. At casa mono there is bar seating in front of the service kitchen, but its first come first serve (go on the early side during the week)
              Hecho en Dumbo, set menu

              1. Counter/open kitchen (excluding sushi bars):
                Brooklyn Fare
                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
                Le Cirque
                Il Buco

                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.

                1. The chef's counter at Narcissa at The Standard hotel.

                  1. 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.

                    1. 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.

                      1. Thanks for all the replies. We tried Aldea. It was excellent. Portuguese cooking with avant-garde touches, rich flavors and clever presentations. Very nice service, interesting wine list heavily tilted towards Portugal and Spain.

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                        1. re: billrosenblatt

                          What about the kitchen view??? Wasn't that the focus of your evening?

                          1. re: ttoommyy

                            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 :-).

                            1. re: billrosenblatt

                              Thanks. As someone who loves to cook, I love an open kitchen. I love eating at at Eataly as most of the restaurants there have open kitchens, or at least prep stations.