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October 16, 2020

The Best Seat in the House

Photo essay: Chefs around the city share their favorite tables


For special occasions, diners often request the best table. But what, exactly, makes a table special? The view, the table size? We captured images of restaurant owners and chefs at their favorite tables. Toggle through the gallery to read why, in their own words, these seats are the best in the house.



  • Chris Coleman, The Goodyear House

    Table 222

    "I love the Botanist Room because I love all the greenery, I love the big garage doors, I love the tall ceilings, I love the potted plants that we have all around. It feels like we're not in a restaurant, it feels like you're in a greenhouse. It also overlooks the patio and when those big garage doors are open it's really cool, it has this indoor-outdoor feel. So whenever I can sneak away from the kitchen and sit down for a minute, that's where I try to sit."

    What he's eating: "Trash salad, which is a de facto meal in the kitchen for a lot of cooks. The idea is it's totally customizable because you grab a deli quart container and just kind of walk down the line and anything that looks tasty at the moment, throw it in the container. Add whatever dressings or marinade, whatever else you want, and pop a lid on it, shake it up, then go to town. My go-to always has a bunch of lettuces in it, butter bean spread, it has pickled shallots, tomatoes, pickled cucumbers, buttermilk dressing, and our house-made chili crisps, so you get creamy, fatty, nutty, and spicy all in every bite."
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