- 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.