Amp-up your traditional dining experience, while gazing into each and every one of Luxury Attaché’s Top 5 Open Kitchens in NYC. Can you think of anything more exhilarating than watching the pros work their magic?
It’s not often that one restaurant can be so completely transformative--of space, of taste and of mood. While couples, groups and solo late night diners alike flock to this gem for the insatiable Italian fare, it’s the sheer and utter warmth, and dare we say the slight touch of romance that emanates throughout, that keeps us (and everyone else) coming back for more. Power duo Chef Gabe Thompson and Beverage Director Joe Campanale have truly created a feast for the senses as smells of garlic waft through the air, cheese boards are crafted, meat is cut and fresh pasta is pulled...all in the bustling open kitchen. Remain downstairs or head on up for a more intimate setting--either way, do not skip the crispy brussel sprouts. They are out of this world.
This overwhelmingly large and bustling open kitchen comes with a sense of grandeur not lost on the decadent seafood menu it churns out to delighted crowds night after night. Wrapping around the second level of the space, Catch’s open kitchen is a spectacle in itself. With this in mind, NYC’s preeminent hospitality company, EMM Group, has created a signature dining experience, allowing diners to drink, dine, and dance through the evening into the wee hours. Take a seat downstairs near the bar or upstairs in front of this behemoth kitchen, and watch as the garlic shrimp is baked, the sushi hand rolls assembled, and everything--seriously, everything--in between. It’s simply magical.
3 Il Buco Alimentari
Once a quaint antique shop on cobblestoned Bond Street, Il Buco Alimentari is now a charming enoteca with an eclectic menu - one part Italian, one part Spanish and all parts inventive. Both delicate and robust flavors unite to create a tour de force menu borne from locally sourced ingredients and multi-regional inspiration. The grandiose open kitchen overlooking communal tables and a long marble wine bar allows diners to see first hand how the charcuterie is cut, pasta is rolled, and the vino, poured.
Meaning “of the soul,” Dell’Anima proudly prepares eloquent, wholesome Italian food and pays homage to Chef Gabe Thompson and Beverage Director Joe Campanale’s Italian roots. Sample the meticulously curated menu from an elite six-person chef’s counter, sip on a bold glass of vino from the impressive Italian-heavy list, and gaze into the open kitchen that, in a completely transformative way, feels just like home. The space is small and intimate, yet bright flavors and a lovely convivial din speak louder than words. We can’t help but return over and over again when we’re craving that perfect, luxurious blend of personalized service and from-the-heart fare. Mangia et bevi with pleasure while keeping an eye on the kitchen and a fork in the velvety and rich rabbit-laden gnocchi or the slightly acidic charred octopus.
5 Le Philosophe
A brand new French eatery with a chic atmosphere and seriously authentic fare has arrived. Le Philosophe is not a restaurant aiming for restraint, thanks to Executive Chef Aita, whose resume highlights past experience cooking alongside culinary heavy hitters like Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud. A refreshing midpoint between La Grenouille and Balthazar, Le Philosophe’s divine menu, showcasing French staples like lobster thermidor, duck à l’orange, and blanquette de veau, is sophisticated but not stuffy, while intricate but not over-complicated.