Todays New York Times has an interesting article on a new breed of intimate restaurants aiming to enhance the dining experience through stronger interaction with the chefs. Citing locations in New York, Chicago and Montreal, the article details restaurants with very few tables who are taking the open kitchen concept a step further with the chef becoming a multi-tasking performer- and it seems to be appealing to both the diners and the chefs.

Grab a stool and belly up to a new brand of upscale dining, where closeness to the cook comes with your meal as routinely as bread. Although counter seating, open kitchens, and chef’s tables are not new to the scene, Momofuku Ko and a few other restaurants are reaching for a new level of intimacy. The chefs are not only cooking and plating the food, but also serving it, taking coats, recommending wine and confirming reservations.

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