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Smallest full-service restaurants in NYC?

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On Saturday night my wife and I dined (by accident) at Grocery, a tiny restaurant on Smith Street in Brooklyn. The whole place can't have been more than a few hundred square feet - since then, we've been joking that we apparently could run a restaurant out of our living room - and yet the food (as I'm sure others know) is ambitious and well executed. The experience reminded us a little of dining at a small sole proprietor kind of place in Paris.

Anyway, it raises the question to me - what are other similarly microscopic restaurants that nonetheless are ambitious? I'd love to hear favorites.

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Momofuku Ko is 12 seats.

Prune only seats 30 according to their site, and I believe that is counting the large private dining area in the basement.

Here's a list of tiny restaurants from the NY Post:

http://www.nypost.com/f/print/lifestyle/food/squeezed_mKQ1XvB3GLhvfPjJnSzllN

I don't think anything on that list is as ambitious as what you're thinking of, though.


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Thanks for the list, which I had never seen.

Prune,yes - that's the kind of thing I was thinking of. For whatever reason, Ko seems different to me. Maybe because it is a branch of a larger empire.

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Grafitti on East 10th is pretty tiny; what you see in the photo on their site is the extent to their space. They squeeze some more people in with table-sharing for small parties and by keeping customer's coats in the basement during the colder months.

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Westville on West 10th is tiny with maybe 20 something seats. and i feel like I've been to a restaurant in the East Village that's named 16 seats.

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Westville on West 10th is tiny with maybe 20 something seats. and i feel like I've been to a restaurant in the East Village that's named 16 seats.

I was in a restaurant last week on Avenue B named "26 seats." Unfortunately, they had a few open ones for us.


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From the list that NY Post has:

Graffiti

224 E. 10th St.; 212-464-7743

Size: 410 square feet

Seating: 4 tables, 28 diners

Nook

746 Ninth Ave.; 212-247-5500

Size: 350 square feet

Seating: 10 tables, 24 diners

Caracas Arepa Bar

93½ E. Seventh St.; 212-529-2314

Size: 700 square feet, including kitchen and bathroom

Seating: 13 tables, 29 diners

Abistro

154 Carlton Ave., Fort Greene,

Brooklyn; 718-855-9455

Size: 475 square feet

Seating: 11 tables, 26 diners

Smith and Mills

71 N. Moore St.; 212-226-2515

Size: 400 square feet

Seating: 7 tables, 16 diners, plus more at the bar

Westville

210 W. 10th St.; 212-741-7971

Size: 350 square feet

Seating: 9 two-top tables, 22 diners


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Although it's a different kind of place, Brooklyn Fare is even smaller. I think it used to be 12 seats, and is now about 18.

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