When things get stressful, as they inevitably do, I find few things more soothing than sitting at the counter watching the cooks do their thing.
I live in the East Village now, and Veselka and Momofuku Noodle bar are great places for this.
What's your suggestion for contemplating and cooking-watching? It can be anywhere in the city.
144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003