I first visited Atera about 14 months prior to this visit. Then, it was relatively new and you could book via OpenTable.com. Now, it is a 2-star Michelin restaurant, you have to pay in advance (food+tax+gratuity), and it is often difficult to get a seat on the weekend. The only things you pay for at the end are your beverages. I decided that since I was going to be working in New York for a week, I could book a dinner during the week. I ended up booking a late dinner (the 9:30pm seating) on a Thursday night. I wanted to go back and see how the place had evolved.
I arrived a little early but it was not a problem. They led me down to the “new” lunge located on a lower level. It’s a nice cozy area with a bar and lounge seating. They have a cocktail and short wine list that you can choose from. I stuck with the water (still or sparkling) that they offered.
The restaurant looked the same as before, with seats arranged around a U-shaped counter with a view of the kitchen area. They were not fully occupied this evening, with a couple of seats empty. They sat me in the exact same spot – center with a straight on view of the kitchen. The vibe seemed different now, as there was 80’s music playing at medium volume. The overall ambience seemed a little less formal than my prior visit.
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