It was my first time ever in the Big Apple, and I was excited to finally experience—and photograph—NYC first-hand. I wanted to see famous landmarks, walk through New York’s distinctive neighborhoods, and watch a play on Broadway, but the thing I was most looking forward to was, of course, the food. On our first night in town, Jon and I had the pleasure of having dinner at the two-Michelin-starred Atera.
Atera is located on an unassuming street in Tribeca and is somewhat hidden given that there are no signs on the building to let you know you’ve found the right place. Once inside, we found ourselves in a warm and inviting space and were well-cared for throughout the night. Apart from a small “library” for private events, all guests are seated at a counter surrounding the prep kitchen. This is similar to the experience we had at Momofuku. We love this type of setup because it’s so entertaining to watch the line chefs put together their array of intricate dishes over the course of 2-and-a-half hours.
The modern American menu focused on fresh seafood and locally-grown seasonal herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Every course was delicious and presented with a unique rustic elegance. Bites were understandably small given that we had 18 courses to enjoy, but that didn’t stop us from wishing we could have seconds of some dishes! The chicken and shrimp dumpling in chicken velouté, lobster rolls, and prawn + crab with abalone sauce “risotto” were standout favorites, but pretty much, everything, from the start to the three-dessert finish, was superb. I had a beverage pairing which included not only wine, but also beer and sake. Jon had an imaginative selection of non-alcoholic drinks which he said were delicious. All-in-all, it was a terrific dining experience and a perfect welcome to New York!
See my blog post for tips on photographing food in restaurants.