Sarah Spigelman, NS Newsdesk, NearSay (February 22, 2011)
"The best seat in the house just may be in the kitchen. The New York Post reports on two Gramercy restaurants where the chef's table, located in the kitchen, make for an unforgettable dining experience.
"SD26's kitchen chef's table has eight seats and is located between the desserts and main passageway, so you will see every dish before it leaves the kitchen. The six-course tasting menu offered here costs $125, and makes for 'an unforgettable experience.' The table must be reserved 48 hours in advance...."
Having a "chef's table" sounds like a good idea for upscale restaurants. Provided, of course, that the inside of the kitchen is something the restaurateur wants patrons to see.
Here's another "chef's table:"
"Chef's table at Claridge's"
Gordon Ramsay, gordonramsay.com
The Claridge's table seats seven - and is in a place with a sommelier. The Lemming suspects that if you're among the many folks who don't know what a sommelier is: 'you can't afford it.'
It's not a what, but a who, by the way. A sommelier is "a waiter who manages wine service in a hotel or restaurant." (Princeton's WordNet)
Claridge's is in Londinium: the locals have taken to calling it "London" lately. And that's another topic:
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