One of the East Village's new chef-driven spots officially opens tonight in the East Village after short soft opening period. Chef Jason Gethin (Union Kitchen and Tap) partnered with Cooper McLaughlin, owner of The Corner, to reboot his burger eatery at 10th & J into Table No. 10, bi-level showcase for Gethin's modern menu of mostly small plates, aligned with the season, that will rotate every other week.
It's a summer of openings for the Gethin family; brother Shaun, a chef de cuisine, just launched Bijou in La Jolla.
The thorough redesign of the restaurant includes its namesake chef's table, a ten-seater just off the new open kitchen, where Gethin will curate custom dinners with three days advance notice. Upstairs, the bar and main dining room, with seating for about 100, is backed by a wall of wine and growing herbs.
Some of Gethin's favorite dishes are his "fish and chips" made with crispy whole smelt, a five spice duck bao, Carlsbad mussels with smoked pork dashi and a Kobe beef brisket served with house pickles; there are molecular elements to the menu, but it's not overdone.
Drink pairings are provided by bar manager Cory Alberto (Cat Eye Club), who is house making seasonal sodas and will be at the rail mixing cocktails omakase-style tailored to individual tastes. A 4 to 5:30 p.m. happy hour includes discounts on bar bites, beer and wine.
· Table No. 10 [Official Site]
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