Published January 13, 2012
The Hot List
Table 60, 4th & Swift
Here’s What: A private table for two nestled behind dramatic floor-to-ceiling curtains. Actually, more like semiprivate—because right next to you will be an enormous glass wall. On the other side of that wall: a bunch of chefs cooking your dinner.
Here’s Why: It’s basically dinner and a show. Only you can eat the show.
Table A5, Tomo
Here’s What: It’s the only two-top table in the entire restaurant that’s not inches away from the next one. And with the imminent threat of eavesdroppery out of the way, you can feel free to discuss whatever cupid-related... scenarios may be in store for the rest of the evening.
Here’s Why: Sake + privacy = cupid-related scenarios.
Table 21, Portofino
Here’s What: A cozy spot tucked away in a recessed corner of the main dining room. It’s also surrounded by wine racks.
Here’s Why: This is one of those “best-kept secret” places to begin with, but throw in a little seafood risotto, a bottle of chianti and a table surrounded by more chianti, and you’re gold.
The Chef’s Counter, No. 246
Here’s What: Picture sitting at a bar. Now picture sitting at a bar with chefs on the other side instead of bartenders. That’s this.
Here’s Why: Maybe it’s only a second date. Maybe your second date is boring (live and learn). Either way, eating dinner two feet away from back-of-house shenanigans should at least provide a talking point or two. That, and vodka.
Table 41, Blue Ridge Grill
Here’s What: You’ll find a lot of booths in this place. But this one happens to be right next to the giant stone fireplace in the center of the dining room.
Here’s Why: There’s already a strong cabin-y, lodge-y vibe going on here—this just makes it official. No word on a hot tub banquette yet.