French | Brooklyn
200 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn
Notes: There are only 18 seats at Chef César Ramirez’s tiny counter-only space, and if you’re not a serious foodie ready to appreciate a culinary adventure of 20 sublime seafood-heavy courses, skip it and let someone who’s dying to experience this meal have that coveted seat instead. It’s a thrill to watch the talented and focused staff assemble the dishes, and most intriguing is the fact that as you watch, there is no clanging of dishes or flatware against the stainless steel counter — there are liners and pads cleverly inserted below and between anything that might make a sound. Because seating is in a u-shape, you get to look across at the orgasmic expressions on the faces of diners who are courses ahead of you, whetting your appetite with gustatory anticipation. To complete the experience, Chef Ramirez is brilliant and welcoming, chatting with diners throughout the meal and bidding each party a warm farewell at the door. Some of the most divine highlights of our extraordinary meal included applewood-smoked Osetra caviar with crispy potatoes and fried egg, seafood chawanmushi with truffled dashi, and Hokkaido uni with black truffle on toasted brioche.