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Did you catch the following provocative article? — March 31, 2014 — The Atlantic

Alone Together: The Return of Communal Restaurant Tables:

As more establishments seat people in close proximity, friendships are not forged.


Tried twice — no success — to weigh in on their website with a comment. Here it is:

“And it doesn’t feel very elegant to rub elbows with your tablemates when you’re cutting into a $50 filet mignon in a fancy dining room.” Possibly ;-)

People attending special events, like big-bucks wine tasting dinners, are enthusiastic communal dining participants. Might the difference have something to do with the fact that introductions are made prior to the main event?

Additionally, does anyone remember when NYC’s Asia de Cuba’s 25-foot-long table seating 36 made the scene 15 years ago? A hallmark of staff training was the routine introduction of cheek-by-jowl guests as one was being served. Potential ice-breaker? Sure --- when peeps were so inclined. Recall the counter/bar of D.C.’s Red Sage? Same-same except the staff made introductions upon seating guests.

Hey --- if communal dining ain’t your thing, rather than bitch about the phenomenon, why not avoid restaurants steeped in them.

To check out the provocation for my response and decide for yourself, click: Alone Together



Considering taking the plunge — dining at a communal table?
S. Irene Virbilia, Los Angeles Times restaurant critic's communal dining commentaries may be just the encouragement you need.

Here is an except from her Critic's Choice "The communal table experience" 9/15/11
"The trend now, especially in casual restaurants, is the communal table. Granted, it also means a small restaurant can seat more people, but sitting at the communal table can be surprising and fun. You never know what might happen. You might be seated next to someone perfectly awful. You might make a new friend. You might end up sharing a bottle of phenomenal wind. You won't be bored."

Here are excepts from her 12/3/06 review of Canelé in Atwater Village — (323) 666-7133 — 3219 Glendale Boulevard:
" . . . I end up sitting at the communal table in the front window. Twice it was because there was no other table available and my friends and I didn't want to wait.
But now I tend to gravitate to one end of the broad farmhouse table set with vases filed with herbs. I like sitting down to dinner without feeling locked into a tiny two-top. Sometimes you see familiar faces. But mostly you don't and that's a big part of the appeal — the sense of a shared experience with new acquaintances.
Someone will wonder what it is you're eating or ask for a recommendatiom. Someone else will lean close conspiratorially and tell you to order the heirloom tomatoes with olives, cucumbers and feta. I do. And it is delicious . . .
Because the communal table sitters tend to be self-selected group, people are often more sociable and they linger. Over wine. Over coffee. Over the beguiling buena chica cheesecake.
From this comforting wooden table on the sidelines, you can take in the entire scene at Canelé."



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List of Restaurants Offering Communal Dining Tables

(Contact restaurants for communal table dining details.)






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HOT SOLO DINING TIP!


Endear yourself to a busy restaurant by offering to free up your table by taking coffee or dessert in the bar. They'll rarely accept, but they won't forget the gesture.

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United States


Arizona

Phoenix

Delux - Biltmore Plaza — 3146 East Camelback Road — Phoenix, Arizona — (602) 522-2288

La Grande Orange Pizzeria — 4410 North 40th Street — Phoenix, Arizona — (602) 840-7777


Scottsdale

Culinary Dropout — 7135 East Camelback Road, Suite 125 — Scottsdale, Arizona — (480) 970-1700


Tucson

Maynard's Market & Kitchen — 400 North Toole — Tucson, Arizona — (520) 545-0577

On the cover of Arizona Highways Magazine in 2012




California

Bakersfield —

Noreiga Hotel — 525 Summer Street — Bakersfield, California — (661) 322-8419

James Beard Award winner — 2011


Berkeley —

Rick & Ann's — 2922 Domingo Avenue — Berkeley, California — (510) 649-8538


Fresno —

The Basque Hotel — 1102 F Street — Fresno, California — (559) 233-2286


Hollywood —

Eveleigh — 8752 West Sunset Boulevard — West Hollywood, California — (424) 239-1630

Magnolia — 6266 1/2 Sunset Boulevard — Hollywood, California — (323) 467-0660 (Thanks — Daphne!)


Los Angeles —

Canelé — 3219 Glendale Boulevard (Atwater Village) — Los Angeles, California — (323) 666-7133

Chaya Downtown — 525 South Flower Street — Los Angeles, California — (213) 236-9577

Gorbals, The - Alexandria Hotel — 501 South Spring Street — Los Angeles, California — (213) 488-3408

Honda-Ya — 333 South Alameda Street (Little Tokyo Shopping Center, #314) — Los Angeles, California — (213) 625-1184 (Thanks — Jamie!)

Hungry Cat — 1535 North Vine Street — Los Angeles, California — (323) 462-2155

Joan's on Third — 8350 West Third Street — Los Angeles, California — (323) 655-2285

MessHall — 4500 Los Feliz Boulevard - Los Feliz — Los Angeles, California — (323) 660-6377

Petty Cash — 7360 Beverly Boulevard — Los Angeles, California — (323) 933-5300

Philippe the Original — 1001 North Alameda Street — Los Angeles, California — (213) 628-3781

Scuola de Pizza — 6610 Melrose Avenue — Los Angeles, California — (323) 297-1130

Tart - Farmer's Daughter Hotel — 115 South Fairfax Avenue — Los Angeles, California — (323) 556-2608

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill - L.A. Live — 800 West Olympic Boulevard — Los Angeles, California — (213) 748-9700

Marina del Rey —

Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch — 4325 Glencoe Avenue — Marina del Rey, California — (310) 578-1005 (Thanks — Cynthia!)

Jer-ne at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey— 4375 Admiralty Way — Marina del Rey, California — (310) 574-4333


Malibu —

Neptune's Net — 42505 Pacific Coast Highway — Malibu, California — (310) 457-3095


Newport Beach —

Francoli Gourmet Emporio — Fashion Island — Newport Beach, California — (949) 721-1289 (Thanks — Claire!)


Oakland —

Plum — 2214 Broadway — Oakland, California — (510) 444-7586


Pasadena —

Le Pain Quotidien — 88 West Colorado Boulevard — Pasadena, California — (626) 396-0956

San Diego —

Casa de Luz — 2920 University Avenue — San Diego, California (619) 501-1200

A.R. Valentien - Lodge at Torrey Pines — 11480 North Torrey Pines Road — La Jolla, California (858) 777-6635


San Francisco —

Bocadillos — 710 Montgomery Street — San Francisco, California — (415) 982-2622

Barbambino Cafe & Wine Bar — 2931 16th Street — San Francisco, California — (415) 701-8466

Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant — 330 First Street — San Francisco, California — (415) 777-4200

Medicine New-Shojin Eatstation — 161 Sutter Street — San Francisco, California — (415) 677-4405

Moose's — 1652 Stockton Street — San Francisco, California — (415) 989-7800

NOPA — 560 Divisadero Street — San Francisco, California — (415) 864-8643 (Thanks — Elisabette!)

Presidio Social Club — 563 Ruger Street (near Lombard Gate, in the Presidio) — San Francisco, California — (415) 885-1888

Salt House — 545 Mission Street — San Francisco, California — (415) 543-8900

Suppenkuche — 601 Hayes Street — San Francisco, California — (415) 252-9289 (Thanks — George!)


Santa Monica —

Border Grill — 1445 Fourth Street — Santa Monica, California — (310) 451-1655

Fig Restaurant - Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows — 101 Wilshire Boulevard — Santa Monica, California — (310) 319-3111

"Bar dining," too!


Venice —

Gjelina — 1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard — Venice, California — (310) 450-1429


Westchester —

Bistrotek — 8639 Lincoln Boulevard — Westchester, California — (310) 645-0400

Note: Near LAX




Colorado

Boulder —

The Kitchen — 1039 Pearl Street — Boulder, Colorado — (303) 544-5973

Monday Night is Community Night!




District of Columbia

Washington —

Meridian Pint — 3400 11th Street NW — Washington, District of Columbia — (202) 544-588-1075




Florida

Miami —

The Blue Sea at Delano — 1685 Collins Avenue — Miami, Florida — (305) 672-2000 (Thanks — Bill!)




Georgia

Atlanta —

Miller Union — 999 Brady Avenue Northwest — Atlanta, Georgia — (678) 733-8550




Illinois

Chicago —

Avec — 615 West Randolph Street — (Wests Loop) Chicago, Illinois — (312) 377-2002 (Thanks — Jennifer!)

Japonais Restaurant — 600 West Chicago Avenue — Chicago, Illinois — (312) 822.9600

Osteria Via Stato — 620 North State Street — Chicago, Illinois — (312) 642-8450

Publican — 837 West Fulton Market — Chicago, Illinois — (312) 733-9555

Sepia — 123 North Jefferson Street — Chicago, Illinois — (312) 441-1920

Urban Belly — 3053 North California Avenue — (Irving Park / Avondale) Chicago, Illinois — (773) 583-0500

Zed451 — 739 North Clark Street — Chicago, Illinois — (312) 266-6691

Naperville —

Sugar Toad at The Arista — 2139 CityGate Lane — Wests Loop Naperville, Illinois — (630) 778-TOAD



Maine

Portland —

Emilitsa — 547 Congress Street — Portland, Maine — (207) 221-0245





Massachusetts

Boston —

Ginger Park — 1375 Washington Street — Boston, Massachusetts — (617) 451-0077

Radius — 8 High Street — Boston, Massachusetts — (617) 426-1234

Toro — 1704 Washington Street — Boston, Massachusetts — (617) 536-4300 (Thanks — Marisa!)

Somerville —

Kirkland Tap & Trotter, The — 425 Washington Street — Somerville, Massachusetts — (857) 259-6585




Missouri

Kansas City —

Blue Bird Bistro — 1700 Summit — Kansas City, Missouri — (816) 221-7559

Wednesday Nite Table




Nevada

Las Vegas —

Union - Aria (CityCenter) — 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South — Las Vegas, Nevada — (877) 230-2742




New York

Brooklyn —

The Backyard at The Pines — 284 Third Avenue — Brooklyn, New York — (718) 596-6560

DuMont Burger — 314 Bedford Avenue — Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York — (718) 384-6127

Northeast Kingdom — 18 Wyckoff Avenue — Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York — (718) 386-3864

"Harvest" Table

Plant — 25 Jay Street — Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York — (718) 722-7541

"Friday Night"

Radegast Hall & Biergarten — 113 North Third Street — Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York — (718) 963-3973

Saint Austere, The — 613 Grand Street, Brooklyn, New York — (718) 388-0012

Chelsea —

Co. — 230 Ninth Avenue — Chelsea, New York — (212) 243-1105

Hells Kitchen —

Gotham West Market — 600 11th Avenue — Hell’s Kitchen, New York — (212) 384-6127

Large, open, glassed-in food hall sporting mini-restaurants. Most offer counter seating and will deliver food to communal tables serving the whole market.

New York —

Aldea — 31 West 17th Street — New York, New York — (212) 675-7223

Avra Estiatorio — 141 East 48th Street — New York, New York — (212) 759-8550

Bar Boulud — 1900 Broadway — New York, New York — (212) 595-0303

Counter dining, too!

Blue Ribbon Sushi IZAKAYA — 187 Orchard Street — New York, New York — (212) 466-0404

Boqueria — 53 West 19th Street — Chelsea, New York, New York — (212) 255-4160

Braii — 329 West 51st Street — New York, New York — (212) 315-3315

Buddakan — 75 Ninth Avenue — New York, New York — (212) 989-6699 (Thanks — Elizabeth!)Braii — 329 West 51st Street — New York, New York — (212) 315-3315

Butcher's Daughter, The — 19 Kenmare Street — New York, New York — (212) 219-3434

Cafe Boulud — 20 East 76th Street — New York, New York — (212) 772-2600 (Thanks — Tom!)

Daisy May's BBQ U.S.A. — 623 11th Avenue — New York, New York — (212) 977-1500 (Thanks — Bob!)

Esperanto — 145 Avenue C — New York, New York — (212) 505-6559

Fig & Olive Kitchen and Tasting Bar — 808 Lexington Avenue — New York, New York — (212) 207-4555 (Thanks — Debra!)

Il Bagatto — 190 East 2nd Street — New York, New York — (212) 228-3562 (Thanks — George!)

Ippudo NY — 64 Fourth Avenue — New York, New York — (212) 388-0088

Má Péche — 15 West 56th Street — New York, New York — (212) 757-5878

Mercer Kitchen — 99 Prince Street — New York, New York — (212) 966-5454

Nanoosh — 2012 Broadway — New York, New York — (212) 362-7922

Parea — 36 East 20th Street — New York, New York — (212) 777-8448

Peels — 325 Bowery — New York, New York — (646) 602-7015

Counter seating, too!

Sotto — 140 West 13th Street, New York — (212) 647-1001

Stand — 24 East 12th Street — New York — (212) 488-5900 (Thanks — Bill!)

Tabata Ramen — 540 9th Avenue — New York — (212) 290-7691

Wall and Water - Andaz Hotel (Hyatt) — 75 Wall Street — New York — (212) 590-1234

Harlem —

Red Rooster Harlem — 310 Lennox Avenue — Harlem, New York — (212) 792-9001

overlooking open kitchen (great entertainment value!)

Nyack —

Cafe Barcel — 162 Main Street — Nyack, New York — (845) 535-3133




Ohio

Loveland —

Daveed's Next — 8944 Columbia Road — Loveland, Ohio — (513) 683-2665

chef's counter, too!



Oregon

Portland —

Beast — 5425 NE 30th Avenue — Portland, Oregon — (503) 841-6968

2 large communal tables

Le Pigeon — 738 East Burnside Street, — Portland, Oregon — (503) 546-8796

chef's counter, too!




Pennsylvania

Philadelphia —

Buddakan — 325 Chestnut Street — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — (215) 574-9440

Pittsburgh —

Salt of the Earth — 5523 Penn Avenue — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — (412) 441-7258

Counter dining, too!




South Carolina

Charleston —

Hank's Seafood Restaurant — Church & Hayne Street — Charleston, South Carolina — (843) 723-3474

Trattoria Lucca — 41-A Bogard Street — Charleston, South Carolina — (843) 973-3323





Texas

Llano —

Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que — 604 West Young Street — Llano, Texas — (325) 247-5713
3) 973-3323






Washington

Eastsound —

Roses Bakery Cafe — 382 Prune Alley — Orcas Island - near Eastsound, Washington — (360) 376-5805 (Thanks — C. Richard!)

Seattle —

The Corson Building — 5609 Corson Avenue South — Seattle, Washington — (206) 762-3330

Sitka and Spruce — 2238 Eastlake Avenue East — Seattle, Washington — (206) 324-0662

Woodinville (Seattle's "Eastside") —

The Herbfarm Restaurant — 14590 North East 145th Street — Woodinville, Washington — (425) 485-5300 (Thanks — Anne!)

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Australia


Darlinghurst

Darlinghurst —

Bill’s — 433 Liverpool Street — Darlinghurst — +61 (2) 9360 9631

Queensland

Theebine —

Theebine Pub — Railway Parade — Theebine — +61 (0)7 5484-6182


Sydney

Sydney —

Longrain — 85 Commonwealth Street — Surrey Hills — +61 (2) 9280 2888


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Canada

British Columbia

Vancouver —

The Cambie — 300 Cambie Street — Vancouver (Gastown), British Columbia — (604) 688-9158

Picnic Cafe — 3010 Granville Street — Vancouver, British Columbia — (604) 732-4405

Salt Tasting Room — 45 Blood Alley Square — Vancouver, British Columbia — (604) 633-1912

Yew - Four Seasons — 791 West Georgia Street — Vancouver, British Columbia — (604) 689-9333 (Thanks — George!)


Ontario

Toronto —

Brant House Toronto — 522 King Street West — Toronto, Ontario — (416) 703-2800

Guu Izakaya — 398 Church — Toronto, Ontario — (416) 977-0999


Quebec

Montreal —

Tredici — 275 Fairmount West — Montreal, Quebec — (514) 509-1341

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France

Paris —

Chartier — 7, Rue du Faubourg — Montmartre, Paris — 47 70 86 29 (Thanks — Marie!)

La Cave de l'Os à Moëlle — 181 Rue de Lourmel — Paris — 01 45 57 28 28

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong —

BOX Thai — 1/F, 4 – 8 Arbuthnot Road, Central — Hong Kong — (852) 2537 6887

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Israel

Jerusalem —

Village Green, Vegetarian Restaurant — 33 Jaffa Street — Jerusalem, Israel — (+972) [0]2 6253065 (Thanks — Israela!)

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Netherlands

Amsterdam —

Firma Pekelhaaring — Van Woustraat 127-29 — Amsterdam, Netherlands — (31-20) 679-0460



South Africa

Johannesburg —

Canteen — 260 Fox Street, City and Suburban — Johannesburg, South Africa — 011-27-11-334-5947

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Turkey

Istanbul —

360 Istanbul — Misir Apt. K:8, Istiklal Caddesi, Beyoglu — Istanbul, Turkey — (+90) 212 251 1042 (Thanks — Joe!)

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United Kingdom

United Kingdom —

Wagamama — 43 noodle restaurants throughout the UK. (Locations also include Australia, Ireland, Holland, Dubai, Belgium, Istanbul)


England —

Busaba Eathai — 106-110 Wardour Street — Soho - London, England — 011-44-020-7255-8686 (Thanks — Emily!)

Canteen — 2 Crispin Place — East London, England — 011-44-845-686-1122 (Thanks — Ben!)

The Crazy Bear Hotel — 51 Wycombe End — Beaconsfield, England — 011-1494-673-086

Ottolenghi - Belgravia — 13 Motcomb Street — London, England — 011-44-020-7823-2707

Ottolenghi - Islington — 287 Upper Street — London, England — 011-44-020-7288 1454

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