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Counter Offers

Having trouble commandeering a coveted counter seat at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon? Try here instead.

  1. 1. Oyster Bar

    Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St. and Vanderbilt Ave.; 212-490-6650

    They’ve been serving oyster pan roasts at the counter since way before Joël was born.

  2. 2. Spice Market

    403 W. 13th St., at Ninth Ave.; 212-675-2322

    You’re so close to the action at this ingeniously designed dining bar with its cutout nooks, they should give you an apron.

  3. 3. Hearth

    403 E. 12th St., at First Ave.; 646-602-1300

    The most coveted seats are at “the Pass,” the dining bar facing Marco Canora’s kitchen.

  4. 4. Degustation

    239 E. 5th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-979-1012

    Every seat in the house has a great view of the open kitchen where Wesley Genovart flits about like a young Iron Chef.

  5. 5. Room 4 Dessert

    17 Cleveland Pl., at Lafayette St.; 212-941-5405

    Have something sweet here after a meal at Degustation for the ultimate downtown counter-dining experience.


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