One of this list’s more original restaurants, The Catbird Seat is an informal, 32-seat, U-shaped counter only open Wednesday through Saturday. Irish chef Trevor Moran (an alumnus of Noma in Copenhagen) is at the center of the action, preparing meals for watchful guests. Offerings change daily, there’s no set menu, and diners don’t know what to expect until they arrive. To get in the right frame of mind, think oak-aged duck with burnt pear and whiskey sour-infused cotton candy. The multi-course meal costs $115 per person (plus tax and a 20 percent service charge) and takes three to three-and-a-half hours to play out, during which guests are encouraged to interact with the chef and discuss the meal being prepared. One thing is certain: Guests are in for a unique dining experience featuring only the freshest seasonal ingredients.
— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015