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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.

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        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