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Special Tables around Atlanta (Points North, April 2007)

Special tables around town provide diners with ringside seats or private retreats

 Whether you want to be part of the scene or pop the question somewhere private, these Atlanta restaurants have just the right spot.

Points North
Melissa Bradley Diskin

Title:Special tables around town provide diners with ringside seats or private retreats

 Whether you want to be part of the scene or pop the question somewhere private, these Atlanta restaurants have just the right spot.

Restaurant: Restaurant Eugene

Table Description: The chef’s table at Restaurant Eugene seats 8 in a perfect square surrounded by curtains. Don’t worry about feeling sequestered – you’ll still have a great view of the entire restaurant. The business types who commandeer the table during the lunch rush give way to anniversary and bridal shower celebrations at night. Flexibility and personal attention is the watchword: feel free to ask for a tasting menu, order from the regular menu, or call ahead for special requests. In Chef Linton Hopkins’ words, “Yes is the answer; what is the question?”

Vibe: Sophisticated New South, but you’ll taste the best of your grandmother’s cooking driving the ingredients of every urbane mouthful. Several fish entrees every night offer up the freshest and best seafood flown in daily from all over the world, but you’ll also find a ribeye, rabbit, or even a top-notch vegetable plate.

Next Best Thing: For a romantic night, Chef Hopkins loves tables 11 and 13, in the lounge area banquette between the chef’s table and the bar.

Location: 2277 Peachtree Road, south of Peachtree Battle
Reservations: At least a week ahead, especially around holidays.
Contact: Call 404.355.0321.  For catered events, contact Amy Williams: amy@restauranteugene.com

Restaurant: Aria

Table Description: Table #4, in the restaurant’s wine cellar. The most sought-after table in Atlanta, the 4-person leather booth is surrounded by ranks of red wine and lighted by more than a hundred candles. Tasting menus by request allow Chef Gerry Klaskala to put together a menu showcasing the season’s best ingredients.

Vibe: Romantic gothic; the pop-the-question location that trumps all others.

Next Best Thing: Intimate conversations are best held in one of the sleek club booths in the upper dining room; to see and be seen, request a table flanking the fireplace in the lower dining room, resplendent with Georgian library paneling.

Location: 490 East Paces Ferry Rd., at the corner of Maple Drive in Buckhead
Reservations: Table #4 is booked an average of three months in advance.

Contact: 404-233-7673

Restaurant: Wahoo

Table Description: “Neptune’s Table” seats 6 in a semi-private space off the restaurant’s outdoor patio, near its herb garden. A 5-course tasting menu with wine pairings, fresh flowers, and dedicated waitstaff ensure attentive service, whether you’re popping the question or wishing friends bon voyage. Expect candles, fine china, white-tablecloth, and a menu driven by fish and seasonal ingredients, with massive desserts on offer.

Vibe: At night, curtains and a candlelit chandelier conjure up the ghost of Miss Havisham, a romantic contrast to the sturdy brick interior of the restaurant’s main dining room and lodge-like bar.

Next Best Thing: Belly up to the bar to people-watch; you can eye the kitchen, chat up the locals and find plenty of elbow room for anything you want off the regular menu.

Location: 1042 West College Ave., Decatur, near the Eastlake Marta station.
Reservations: Table reservation is subject to inclement weather.
Contact: 404-373-3331

 Restaurant: grace17.20

Table Description: The 8-to-12-seat Chef’s table is tucked in a cozy private room between the airy main dining room and the kitchen,and is a frequent favorite of wine groups who bring their own wines or uncork from the restaurant’s listing. Chef Charles Schwab will design a menu around a wine tasting or theme. Some past parties and showers have focused on dessert tastings, The privacy of the space makes it a favorite for special business meetings during the day.

Vibe: Northern California meets “Under the Tuscan Sun.” The warm neutrals of the dining room’s décor act like virtual sunshine.

Next Best Thing: Owner Barbara diJames prefers the restaurant’s snug banquettes for intimate dinners. Larger parties can reserve a tower room that seats up to 36.

Location: 5155 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross, at the Forum
Reservations: Reserve at least a week in advance.
Contact: 678-421-1720

 

Restaurant: Taurus

Table Description: The chef’s table seats 8-10 and overlooks the kitchen. Curtains, dedicated sound and climate control systems, and soundproof glass windows permit the space to function as a retreat for business types during the day. Birthday partiers kick up their heels at night. Tasting menus by Chef Gary Mennie follow the theme of the restaurant, which bills itself as a “New American Chophouse.”

Vibe: New American Matador

Next Best Thing: Tables for 4 can be found in the Bull Ring, the raised center section; parties of 8-10 can try Table #76, on the far side of the restaurant.

Location: 1745 Peachtree Road, South Buckhead
Reservations: Call 2 weeks ahead, but you may get lucky on shorter notice. A contract and (reasonable) food and beverage minimum are required.
Contact: Loren Hagearty, 404-214-0641

Restaurant: Shaun’s

Table Description: Wunderkind Shaun Doty’s communal table in the main dining room ensures that locals can drop in and order from his bistro-inspired menu without fighting the crowds of weekend excursion diners. Tasting menus with wine pairings are available upon request, but don’t expect a private dining experience; the table seats 12-14, and you’ll rub elbows with all and sundry, as the 150-year old Swedish farm table turns over two to three times a night.

Vibe: It’s Shaun Doty’s new pad. Do you really need to know anything else?

Next Best Thing: #31, a romantic corner table facing the window. Come spring, the patio in back will open up to provide plein-air dining.

Location: 1027-29 Edgewood Ave, NE, Inman Park
Reservations: The communal table is occasionally reserved for large parties, but groups who want privacy should ask for the back room.
Contact: Liz Kim, (404) 577-4358

 Restaurant: Park 75 at the Four Seasons Hotel

Table Description: A true chef’s table, this one’s situated in the heart of Chef Robert Gerstenecker’s kitchen. Up to ten diners can take a tour of the kitchen and savor a nine-course meal lasting around three hours. Sometimes the table can be broken up for two smaller parties.

Vibe: Kitchen Stadium meets European chic.

Next Best Thing: Table 12, centered on the back wall of the main dining room, has a view of the restaurant, the lounge and the terrace.

Location: 75 14th St., in Midtown
Reservations: Call at least a day ahead.
Contact: 404-253-3840

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