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Chef's Counters

  1. Ateliers
    Ruth Reichl Isn’t So Sure Chef’s Counters Will LastThe famed food writer argues that the next-level dining experience hasn’t happened quite yet.
  2. Prix Fixes
    Reservations Open Today For Zahav’s Chef’s CounterThere’s just eight seatings available for the month of May.
  3. NewsFeed
    Can’t Get Into Ko? ‘Journal’ Suggests Dim SumFood critic Ramond Sokolov is skeptical about chef’s counters.
  4. User's Guide
    Ringside Seats at the Chef’s CounterChef’s tables used to be the final word on special treatment: the one table in a good restaurant to which the chef paid personal attention. But as the entertainment ante is upped each year — blurring the line between gastronomy and theater — chef’s tables have given way to the even more intimate chef’s counters. There, the lucky diner sits only a few feet of burnished wood away from the action. From the high-end bar at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon to the counter-only option at Momofuku Ko, diners are eager to see the sausage being made. Here are a few of our favorite counters, each an example of the narrow border between feeder and fed.