Firstly, I have to tell you that you’re an inspiration – anyone that can move from being a lawyer to a full-time foodie is a hero in my books (being stuck, as it is, in full time law and aspiring to be a foodie)!
I’m hoping that you can help me out with an issue: one of my dearest friends (also an aspiring foodie) will soon be celebrating a birthday and I’d love to find a true chef’s table where eight of us can have a celebratory dinner (i.e. hanging out the bar at Joel Robuchon Atelier doesn’t count). I’ve searched the internet a couple of different ways and am coming up perfectly blank, which is why I’m now turning to you.
I’d be grateful for any insight.
Kitchen (table) Krazed Katie.
Thanks for the kind words, although as a note of caution to a fellow advocate and foodie we must warn you: Don’t quit your day job. ELV makes hundreds of thousands of dollars as an attorney and hundreds and hundreds of dollars as a food writer…
As for chef’s tables in town, here is a quick list that (perhaps) our loyal readers might wish to augment:
Guy Savoy (if price is no object)
miX (once again: bring money)
Restaurant Charlie (very cool, elevated tables, but again, bring lots of $$$)
Bar Charlie (bring even more $$$)
Valentino (not a pure, in-the-kitchen chef’s table, but private and very nice)
Delmonico (right in the kitchen)
Table 10 (a very cool table right off the kitchen)
Emeril’s Fish House (also, right in the kitchen)
Vintner Grill (a large high top adjacent to the expediting area — very cool from a foodie perspective)
Marche Bacchus (glassed off area right beside the kitchen)
There are others, but these are what popped into our wine-addled brain. Keep in mind, chef’s tables are very expensive in the nicer places — you might do better to dial it back a bit a go for the laid-back foodie-ness of Vintner or Marche Bacchus.
Any other advice for K-Cubed, readers?
Best and bon appetit,