Atera is a perfectly fine way to spend a few hours and blow $800 bucks.

I knew that Atera was one of NYC’s more expensive tasting menus, which is why I chose it for my birthday dinner which Sonigram was treating me for! Aren’t I thoughtful??

$275 buys you 19 courses (includes tip but not tax) but if you’re in the mood for cocktails or wine, better get a second mortgage or sell off your most irritating child.

First off, the place is tiny. There’s a large counter surrounding the kitchen and then one table behind it. That’s it.

So, you feel a little on display from the moment you enter the room. On the plus side, it feels like you have 5 private chefs cooking only for you, which is special.

While I really enjoyed the food, I didn’t find it as imaginative or as delicious as Eleven Madison Park or Le Bernardin (which are both less expensive) but I’m still glad I got to experience what felt like a very exclusive experience.

Let’s face it, I’m a big ole snob and this crap is right up my alley.

77 Worth St
New York, NY 10013
b/t Broadway & Church St
TriBeCa, Civic Center
(212) 226-1444

Bread Selection

Cauliflower, Coffee, Balsamic

White Asparagus, Quail Yolk, Thyme

Scallop, Celery, Brussels Sprout

Cucumber, Horseradish, Nasturtium

Salmon, Nori, Radish

Aebleskiver, Crab

Waffle, King Trumpet, Cheddar

Golden Osetra Caviar, Pistachio, IPA

Langoustine, Foie Gras, Apple

Turbot, Cucumber, Green Asparagus

Lamb, Snap Pea, Mushroom

Duck, Juniper, Beet

Heart of Palm, Oak, Honey

Madeleine, Black Garlic
Miso Caramel, Chocolate
Sorghum, Peanut
White Chocolate, Black Currant

Strawberry, Rhubarb, Skyr

My birthday treat!