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More Best of New York!

Your chance to ask our editors what they were thinking. Plus, happy-hour specials!

By Daniel Maurer

Beacon’s Stimulus Plan

Waldy Malouf's restaurant cuts entrée prices by 20 percent. Cocktails and wine are also reduced.

By Daniel Maurer

Ringside Seats at the Chef's Counter

Chef's tables used to be the final word on special treatment: the one table in a good restaurant to which the chef paid personal attention. But as the entertainment ante is upped each year — blurring the line between gastronomy and theater — chef's tables have given way to the even more intimate chef's counters. There, the lucky diner sits only a few feet of burnished wood away from the action. From the high-end bar at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon to the counter-only option at Momofuku Ko, diners are eager to see the sausage being made. Here are a few of our favorite counters, each an example of the narrow border between feeder and fed.