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What are some restaurants where bar seating is more fun than a table?

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113 Macdougal St, New York, NY
luke-boland

Luke Boland

New York City

lukecboland.com

Wine Director at La Sirena

Luke Boland

Wine Director at La Sirena

Answer found helpful by Vlad Gaskarth and 18 others

I tend to prefer dining at the bar instead of the dining room in general, but nowhere makes me happier to do so than Minetta Tavern. The bartenders here are sharp and know how to make a mean drink while establishing fun rapport. The feeling in this space is warm and cozy and while space can get crowded if it's busy on a weekend night (and it will be), finally securing a seat at the bar feels rewarding. For me, the excitement stems from the building expectation of an ice cold martini or Manhattan-- depending on the season-- and you know I'm gonna be diving into some steak. The meat here is insanely good and the black label burger made from dry aged beef triggers a long-lost primal instinct. And, to finish your meal they always have a great selection of sipping rums, tequilas and whiskeys. Check out the Capovilla Rhum Rhum (Liberation rum, their 10 year style) made from the famous Italian distiller Capovilla for a Rhum Agricole style like none other. If you want to drink it as the distiller would, ask for one ice cube and a lime twist. Sit back, sip, digest and smile.

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brian-kilpatrick

Android developer and passionate cook

Brian Kilpatrick

Glad to know I'm not the only one who will go sit at the bar here and put down a black label burger!

Reply over 1 year ago

carly-liao

Queens native, freelance writer, food obsessed

Carly Liao

I've been wanting to go to Minetta for so long, and you just gave me a great reason! I love this!

Reply over 1 year ago

tara-daly

Tara Daly

New York

PR for Dining & Hospitality

Tara Daly

Awesome, this was a pleasure to read :)

Reply over 1 year ago

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Tess Tripodi

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/cheftrip

Executive Chef Halcyon / Egan & Sons Montclair, NJ

Tess Tripodi

Executive Chef Halcyon / Egan & Sons Montclair, NJ

Answer found helpful by Jonah Rosen and 21 others

I confess, I love sitting at the bar. The rules have changed at Blue Hill at Stone Barns but a few years back I drove up to Tarrytown to walk in & grab a seat at the bar for the tasting menu and I am so glad that I did. As a working chef, making a reservation and sticking to it is virtually impossible when 80 hours a week is spent inside your own kitchen. I became accustomed to just walking into any great restaurant I pleased and getting a seat where I could. I was never turned down, by the way. I love the bar because I can watch service, be entertained by the bartender or other guests and really get a cool feel for any given space.

I guess I consider myself a "foodie" if the term means that I love the creative ingenuity of great chefs both known and unknown, and not in the trendy jump on that bandwagon kind of way.

When we sat for this 8 course tasting menu that turned out to be more like 16 courses, they asked us what we liked and didn't like and if we had allergies, were vegetarians, etc. So I had to just go for it & say "bring it on, don't hold back on anything." And I was left with one of the most memorable meals of a lifetime. At The Bar.

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marc-ramos

Private chef, specialize in latin american cuisine

Marc Ramos

Awesome story :) So as far as you know they don't let you sit at the bar for their tasting anymore?

Reply over 1 year ago

gordon-willium

Loyal to NYC pizza

Gordon Willium

Stone Barns was and likely will remain one of the best dining experiences of my life. Fascinating that you could do the full tasting at the bar, had no idea.

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Upvoted by Ashley Belin and 11 others
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Jessica Norris

New York City

Wine Director - Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse New York

Jessica Norris

Wine Director - Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse New York

Answer found helpful by Gerardo Rodriguez and 20 others

In restaurants where getting a reservation is next to impossible, a seat at the bar can be a sure-fire way to enjoy undeniably FANTASTIC food without having to mind your "P's and Q's". The bar staff at Eleven Madison Park is professional, knowledgable, and quite a bit of fun. They make a mean cocktail and if your preferences swing towards wine they can dispatch one of their phenomenal sommeliers. The menu, a limited version of the full dining-room menu, does not disappoint and serves to whet your appetite and increase your desire of securing that coveted reservation for 2

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sam-arnold

East village resident, major sweet tooth

Sam Arnold

This is great! What can you expect to spend per person if dining at the bar here?

Reply over 1 year ago

claire-hawthorne

Writer, culinary adventurer, originally from North Carolina

Claire Hawthorne

EMP is at the top of my bucket list, might be an easier way to go experience it!

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Kristel Arabian

Brooklyn

www.CultureRecruiting.com

Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks

Kristel Arabian

Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks

Answer found helpful by Kellie Norris and 7 others

I love the food at GT but sometimes (ok most of the time) I'm not in the mood for full blown fine dining and service elements being in the forefront. Sitting int he bar room, especially at the bar, gets you the best of both worlds :p

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leo-valderamma

Latin American food enthusiast

Leo Valderamma

My favorite bar for afterwork get-togethers.

Reply over 1 year ago

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Jenny Lee

NYC

HTTPS://Instagram.com/pastrylovejen

Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

Jenny Lee

Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

i love gramercy tavern!

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106 E 57th St, New York, NY
alex-berlingeri

Alex Berlingeri

Ho Ho Kus

www.sahospitalitygroup.com

Corporate Beverage Director SAhospitalitygroup Sant Ambroeus, Felice Wine Bars, Regency Grill, Casa Lever

Alex Berlingeri

Corporate Beverage Director SAhospitalitygroup Sant Ambroeus, Felice Wine Bars, Regency Grill, Casa Lever

Answer found helpful by Dana Silverstein and 3 others

if you want to eat at the bar then I strongly suggest you go early, Luis the bartender has been taking care of guests for almost as long as the restaurant has been open. Great vibe, service, and food makes this a go to place if you are in midtown for lunch or dinner

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