Chef’s Tables: Fine Dining from the Best Seat in the House

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Atera Restaurant
77 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-1444

AMBIANCE
Located on the ground floor of a commercial building in Tribeca, this intimate tasting room is comprised of 12 bar seats and one five-person table. Though both seating options offer a prime view of the gleaming open kitchen, snag a seat at the wraparound concrete counter for a truly ringside dining experience and let Executive Chef Matthew Lightner tantalize your taste buds with his 20 to 25 course menu.

WHAT TO EAT
Chef’s tasting menu ($195)
Highlights include Roasted Squab with
berries and black garlic, Grilled Halibut
with chamomile and Peekytoe crab ravioli

WHAT TO DRINK
Cascade Shrub ($13)

SWEETH TOOTH
Cracked egg ice cream with egg yolk jam

The-London

The London NYC
151 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212)-468-8888

AMBIANCE
For a dramatically different experience than the sophisticated main dining room, reserve the elevated 8-person chef’s table located inside Gordon Ramsay’s multi-million dollar kitchen. Featuring a seasonal tasting menu tailored for more carnivorous eaters, Chef Markus Glocker will prepare a bevy of gourmet proteins such as braised squab, roasted lamb and duck, foie gras and veal right before
your very eyes.

WHAT TO EAT
Eight-course chef’s tasting menu ($300)

WHAT TO DRINK
Wine pairing (included in price)

SWEET TOOTH
Bon bon and cheese trolley

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Harlow
111 East 56th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 935-6600

AMBIANCE
Travel back in time to an era of glitz and glamour at Richie Notar’s European-inspired restaurant. Walk through the 200-person main dining room, which still retains the original stained glass windows and chandeliers from the 1930s, and snag a seat at the 17-foot-wide, white-marble bar. With only eight seats and a seasonal menu that changes daily, guests can enjoy a selection of six hot and cold dishes prepared to order by Chef Danny Ye

WHAT TO EAT
Heirloom tomato panzanella salad ($20)
Foie gras potstickers with truffled ponzu ($20)

WHAT TO DRINK
Mignonette Martini ($16)

SWEET TOOTH
Bananas Zapin: caramelized bananas,
semi-sweet chocolate, caramelized chocolate peanuts and peanut butter gelato ($10)

Le-Cirque

Le Cirque
151 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 644-0202

AMBIANCE
Lined with framed photos of past and present restaurant regulars such Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Richard Nixon, Martha Stewart and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, this midtown icon is the place to see and be seen. But for those diners looking to experience the elegance of Le Cirque without the hubbub of the main dining room, reserve the 8-person chef’s table inside the famed kitchen.

WHAT TO EAT
Six-course chef’s tasting menu ($200)
Highlights include Chanterelle Risotto, Pan Seared Wild Halibut and Rack of Lamb

WHAT TO DRINK
Wine pairing ($100)

SWEET TOOTH
Strawberry Composition: strawberry sorbet, basil ice cream and meringue

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