Photo: Momofuku Ssam Bar, the latest outpost of David Chang’s Asian-Fusion eatery, is part of the latest trend in counter dining in New York City (Jason Perlow)
It seems as if New York has discovered the joys of counter dining. I recently dined at Degustation, next door to and owned by the same people who own the equally popular Jewel Bako in the East Village. This tiny restaurant is sleekly paved with rich brown slate tile walls, and has a counter that seats only 18 diners. That’s it — there are no tables, banquettes or bars. The chefs work in the center of the counter configuration preparing the small-plates menu with 18 sweet and savory dishes ranging in price from $4 for grilled strawberries with ginger granita and basil and mint to $15 for seared foie gras with strawberries and Franziskaner foam. It’s rare for New Yorkers to have the opportunity to watch the chef cook and be able to dine at a counter while eating such stylish food.
Do you indulge in this phenom of counter dining?
reported by Melissa Goodman