It used to be that a seat at the chef’s table was exclusively a white-tablecloth and tuxedo’d-server affair, with a brow-raising pricetag in line with the formality. Sometimes, the experience lived up to the price—think restaurants like The Inn at Little Washington and 42 Grams—but in recent years great chef tables of all types have popped up across the country.
James Beard winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette, for example, serve up family-style platters of Spanish favorites at their NYC outpost of Toro, while chef David Rosner takes guests on a farmer’s market tour through Santa Barbara before cooking their discoveries back at the Wine Cask’s chef’s counter. Want to learn a new technique? Consider a demonstration dinner at Philly’s groundbreaking COOK, an open kitchen-meets-classroom concept where every seat promises a chef’s table experience.
For the full list of got-to-gos, read on.