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Jul 27, 2014 07:47 AM

tasting menu at bar

hello, a recent thread about solo dining made me wonder:
for restaurants that offer tasting menus and offer their dinner menu at the bar, can you typically get the tasting menu at the bar?

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  1. It really depends on the restaurant.

    Some consider their bar area a separate room with separate menu, like the Modern. You can't order from the dining room menu in the bar room.

    EMP has a bar area with a proper bar and booths. A la carte only.

    Per Se only has the "salon" which is more like a lounge. No bar with bar stools. The Salon is a la carte only.

    For Daniel, Del Posto, Le Bernardin & Jean Georges, I believe yes.

    The JG bar area is actually in Nougatine.

    And I believe Daniel considers their bar a separate area as well.

    4 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      No, Daniel does not consider their bar a separate area. It has the same menu as the dining room, including the tasting menu.

      1. re: Sneakeater

        Yes, same menu, but can't you book the "Lounge" separately? That's what I meant.

        1. re: kathryn

          I suppose you can. But you can also just walk in, as I frequently do, and sit down at the bar and order dinner (including, if you want, the tasting menu).

      2. re: kathryn

        To clarify:

        For Daniel, Del Posto, Le Bernardin & Jean Georges, I believe yes, you can get the tasting menu at their respective bars.

      3. There are many restaurants with "chef counters" , does that count as a bar?
        you can get tasting menu at Brushstroke, Hirohisa, Kyo Ya, Jungsik ( bar). of course omakase at good sushi restaurants. Maybe I'm missing the point, not sure.

        6 Replies
        1. re: foodwhisperer

          I think the post is asking for places where you can walk in, find a seat at the bar, and have the tasting menu without prebooking.

          1. re: kathryn

            OP might be, but IMO when you do a walk-in at Kyo Ya and order ala carte dishes, Sono-san will serve it in an order that is virtually a tasting menu. Brushstroke you can walk right in and sit at counter and get one of a few tasting menus.

            1. re: foodwhisperer

              Is it possible to order dishes from the tasting menu at brushstroke a la carte? I liked their fish and meat dishes. But the a la carte shows different items. I would love to order a few fish and meat dishes from the tasting menu for my solo dinner.

              1. re: SeekingBeauty

                Yes, You can order ala carte at Brushstroke. They do have a few different tasting menus that might sound good to you. Their oyster dish ala carte is really good btw

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  You can walk in and enjoy the tasting menu at Recette's small bar, with few seats...maybe no people. You'll face bottles, and you don't have to look at anyone. Furthermore, it's more difficult for people to see you from the outside, so there's more privacy. It's a more casual visiting...and tasting good food.

                  1. re: ZaZa

                    The bar is real small at Recette, but the food is really good. You get to see how they work miracles out of one of the smallest kitchens around . Mondays with Jesse ( 2nd Monday of each month) is always are real special tasting menu.