Atera
Atera

Atera

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://ateranyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122261444x1
  • Hours of Operation:
    Atera offers reservations for dinner Tuesday-Saturday at 6:00pm and also at 9:30pm. The experience is approximately three hours.

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Lightner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church & Broadway
  • Public Transit: We can be reached by train on the 1/2 to Franklin St., A/C to Chambers St., the 4/5/J/Z to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, and the 6/N/Q/R to Canal St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public parking is available at the corner of Worth Street and West Broadway, one block west of Atera.
A word from Atera
Atera is a two Michelin star restaurant serving tasting menus only and dining experiences last approximately three hours. Please join us and spend the evening enjoying Chef Matt Lightner’s creative and playful market driven menu that makes Atera such a unique dining experience. With 20 plus courses and no printed menu, you are encouraged to let your imaginations run wild and guess the ingredients and composition of each dish. It is for this reason that we are unfortunately unable to accommodate all dietary restrictions or allergies, so if you or your dining companions are unable to consume a certain type of food, please contact us immediately at (212) 226-1444 instead of booking online. Please note that Atera does not accommodate aversions and the current menu does not accommodate dairy free or vegan diets, chocolate or nut allergies. Please be sure to check with your dining companions to confirm there are no dietary restrictions prior to booking.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Atera reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (57)fit for foodies (52)notable wine list (31)romantic (23)hot spot (10)neighborhood gem (6)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)good for groups (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Atera is Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Beautiful space, amazing meal, mindblowing experience eating in the kitchen. Definitely worth the pricetag and thoroughly enjoyable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Getting even better
    WenZhuoVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had our 4th dinner at Atera, and what seemed impossible became true: Being almost perfect and becoming even better. Chefs are using slightly less high tech but focus more on ingredients, presentation has become more mature. Smoking a substantial part of the technology kit giving ingredients characteristic taste. Service knows every detail of any dish, and if not, they would find out in no time. Choice of wine is great, but given the complex mix of dishes it is a bit tricky to chose the right wine. Wine pairing is offering too many different drinks (more than a dozen), and just one type of wine is also not right. Maybe the very experienced wine director could come up with a more focused pairing (3-4 wines or so).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A night to remember
    JrglassVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Took my son to New York for his 21st birthday every night went to the best restaurants New York has to offer atera is in the same league as the other places we went to service amazing the food was quite the culinary adventure can't wait to go back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't ask for a better present!
    FoodArchitectVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our 6th time dining here and it just keeps getting better! The entire restaurant team is amazing to see in action and they make your dinner so much more enjoyable with their pleasant attitudes, fun nature and knowledge the food and what pairs well with the dishes! Hard to pick which is my favorite dish, honestly the lamb tartar was a big hit this round. Lobster rolls always make me salivate, and the meat and uni dishes just blew us away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing and unique experience!
    ClauLo
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Me and my husband chose ATERA for our 10th anniversary. We love food and were looking for a memorable experience. That is exactly what we got. The chefs were amazing, food surprising, tasty, sophisticated and fresh. The service was impeccable and friendly. The ambiance was prefect and the music choice was a "charm", making the dinning experience something that we will remember forever!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    Margot
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is so much more than a dinner. It was a tremendous 3 hour event that we loved. They do a terrific job of making it an experience my son and I will remember for the rest of our lives!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely worth the $$
    NYCmeetsPDX
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We knew we were going to lay down a significant amount of dough for this in the hopes that our foodie spirit would be indulged and Atera did not disappoint. We were very satisfied with the presentation, creativity and execution of each tasting but what did pleasantly surprise us was the staff. One might expect stuffy service but the staff was super friendly, enjoyable, professional and truly added to the experience. This was an intimate environment and quiet but still one where we could joke with our servers and chat about the preparations. We were certainly full by the end and enjoyed every minute of the 3 hr meal - and it did go right up to the minute of the next seating! Very well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing experience
    Mia10006
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We loved Atera. The tasting menu is very seafood-heavy (which was fine by us), and each course was inventive without taking itself too seriously. The service was impeccable as well, and we really enjoyed the intimacy of enjoying our meal at the bar counter surrounding the open kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience
    cwj1
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Combinations of flavours and textures are amazing. Expensive but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bold, intersting, casual.
    johnnyb
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Only 15 diners sit around a bar (on comfortable seats) and watch the chefs prepare small courses that arrive in quick succession. The food is both experimental and familiar with bold and interesting flavors that are surprisingly light and well balanced. Many of the courses had a Japanese feel to them. There is no dress code (although most men wore shirts) and the atmosphere is casual with a 70's rock sound track - this really takes away the formality. It take around two hours, so it doesn't feel like a marathon. Would recommend for anyone who wants fine dining without the old-world feel of many New York restaurants. Staff are professional and efficient and do not get overly 'involved' with you. It also helps if you will eat everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unable to explain such an evening
    marriveroc
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The most wonderful evening, awesome food, actual bite size, not excessive which would make it horrible, the different tastes blow your mind. People are great, attitude is amazing, they are very friendly and make your time better
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Larry
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    It's easy to walk right by the restaurant if you are looking for the name. I couldn't find it. But if you look for the address you will be greeted warmly into a tiny lobby. If you are early you will be taken by elevator to a very charming and beautifully decorated intimate bar. When they are ready to seat you they will escort you to the dining area where you will not see tables and chairs, but U-shaped community seating facing the open kitchen. There were six chefs preparing beautiful dishes served by five cordial, professional and well informed men in suits. The food was creative and delicious. The wine list was extensive and their cocktails were unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, but.....
    MTRA
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Atera is justly regarded as one of the top restaurants in New York City right now and based on the dishes, service and room it is easy to see why. There isn't a single ho hum dish coming out of the kitchen, the service is top notch and the space, particularly the downstairs lounge, oozes sophistication and style. So why the but? One caveat is the almost exclusive focus on fish for the savory courses. I also felt that the meal we ate lacked an arc. Food, like any other art, should have a beginning, build to a crescendo and leave you with an appropriate finale. For us there was a procession of dishes, some which built on the former dish, others which didn't follow at all. Maybe I'm being picky but perhaps there is room for improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in the city
    Tufdiner
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Atera is truly an unforgettable experience. The food is imaginative and the service is unmatched. They are professional and the open kitchen allows you the chance to see how seamless the restaurant really is. I have eaten in many three Michelin restaurants and Matt Lightner and his team are absolutely on that level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The tasting menu is very interesting and is comprised of 20 small courses. The staff is excellent and the service is very gracious. The wine list is extensive and has a great range of price tags. I would definitely recommend Atera to foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One in a Million
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Atera lived up to its Michelin 2 Star billing from the moment we entered the unmarked door to the moment we departed we were in heaven. As former Chefs my dining partner and I were treated to a wonder of food, wine, cocktails and extraordinary service. Truly a memorable experience and the next time you are wanting to indulge in the world of extraordinary dining run, don't walk to Chef Matthew Lighnters mecca ATERA!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I thought this should be a great restaurant with great taste, maybe because i am asian, which have a different point of view, I thought the food's quality does not match the price at all.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my best NYC meals
    BrunchLover123VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I wouldn't be surprised to see Atera get four stars from the New York Times or three stars from Michelin sometime in the next few years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    IbaLili
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Atera is a special experience. The food is inventive and delicious. Only two repairs: first, the option with harmonized drinks not worth; it ends up being very expensive and on several occasions, no drink accompanies the dish; second, the cost - benefit ratio is a bit exaggerated, Atera prices are high. But it is an experience that is worth. At least once in a while ...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In the poorhouse but worth it
    fancynotfussyVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was my second visit to Atera and even better than the first. The food and "theater" of the experience was BEYOND. We immediately asked to make another reservation several months from now so we have time to save up. Each morsel of everything was like nothing we've experienced. Compared to others favorites of ours (Gotham, Per Se) at that level, this was by far the most complete, unique, and special experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love the creativity
    FoodieCouple
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Every dish was artfully crafted and presented beautifully. The complexity of flavors comes out in every dish and makes you wonder what's next with anticipation. This is a community seating style restaurant with open kitchen where the food is prepared directly in front of you. There was one table off to the side which seated 4 - 5 people but wasn't sure if it need to be reserved ahead of time for larger groups. There is no set menu so if you love to eat and be surprised this is a place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood lover's tasting menu
    PapayaVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Its hard to pick your favorite course at Atera because the moment you say "OMG, I need another 3 dish of the one that just got served" yet another dish surpasses your expectation as your Top 3 dishes in your mind keeps alternating as you work through this multi-course dinner. The menu is creative, flavors sophisticated, and visually daring at times, diners will surely be left with a sense of excitement and joy after this meal. Currently my FAVORITE tasting menu in the city, far underrated...and I am fine with that because reservations are still reasonably available.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but nothing exciting
    LewisVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    When comparing the tasting menu at Atera to many of the others in the city, specifically Chef's Table and Momofuku Ko, Atera fell far short of creating the same experience. The dishes we had on this night were fairly similar in taste and style to each other, with a strong olive paste used on many of them, even on the caviar which completely overpowered the caviar. The service was excellent, and the staff were friendly, but the one big negative for me was the experience of smelling someone smoking POT somewhere inside the restaurant not only once but twice. We were told by the host to not worry about the smell, which leads me to think that it was one of the staff. For the price I expected more, but ultimately left disappointed.
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  • Wonderful experience
    The2e
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This is the kind of adress we would like to keep for ourselves but we can't help sharing this unique experience... Coming from France we've made a diner ranked in our "top 3" composed of 3 stars Michelin. The cooking is reaching summits here, each of the 20 (small) dishes offering unexpected flavours, colours, very high level of precision in the taste. Wine list, well advised, offers the opportunity to answer the difficult challenge of food diversity. But Atera is much more: it is a very refined experience for only 12 guests, composed like a music set or a painting. Congratulation to the staff bringing a perfect touch of elegance, mystery and subtlety. A -very- great place.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must go!!
    Fabi
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    This is a must go restaurant in NYC! Great gastronomy experience!!! Remarkable staff!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great tasting
    natescook
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We have worked our way through a number of the mega tasting menus in NYC and this is definitely near the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Culinary Experience
    Verootje
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Atera is not just a place to enjoy good food and great wines, it is an outstanding, original culinary experience! ATERA is in our top 10 of great restaurants! Hope to be back in New York AND to be lucky to get a table !
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WIll keep coming back for more!
    FoodArchitectVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Our 4th time there and will continue to come back to be surprised and carried away !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique experience
    naufal
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Had a really nice evening at Atera!!! the food was amazing and the service impeccable. Good wine list, but they should have more american wines to offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience!
    Gaudi
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had a great evening with excellent food! The only downside for us was the music wich we found didn't fit with the food experience and distracted from the food experience, not just by the volume but mostly the type of music(think hard rock). We would have prefered more subtle and delicate music, to match the delicate food and flavors...
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inspired
    TracyTastes
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The obsessive intricacy and care involved in each of the 21 'bites" resulted in a truly memorable and inspired experience. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once in a lifetime
    ChefGeorge
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Atera is an experience. People go for different reasons, but reservations should be limited to dedicated foodies with no food restrictions, as otherwise it's like having Michelangelo paint your portrait and telling him, "But don't use any blue or red." The suited servers maybe try to be a tad intimidating and a touch precious as they go thru all the extensive descriptions of each course and beverage, but that's the deliberately chosen house style. This is the most artful food I've ever eaten, and largely the most delicious. Very inventive combos and presentations, delightful "platings," as very few actual plates appear. Single-bite course move you to bribe for more, but by the end you will be satisfied. Go there, if only once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 118 reviews are from the Atera reviews archive.
  • 20 so-so bites
    live2eat
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    So highly rated, so much anticipation, but alas this jaded foodie just did not come away impressed. Nor did my dining partner. Every single course was no larger than thumb sized. And the taste combinations were 18 out of 20 dishes just So-so. Including a very sad rendition of one single crispy-skinless Peking duck split among 17 diners. The food supply is so tight that one cannot request a second bite of any favorite course of the evening. Not even an extra piece of bread. I feel bad for the warm and lively servers let down by an unwilling kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The food is spetacular!! 21 courses and ia difficult to say with one ia better
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Really, really interesting food. Great taste and great quality. The service was impeccable, even though the music level made it hard to hear the presentations of the food and wine at some times. They shoud just turn town the volume a Little bit on the music, or practice to speak loud and clear :-). But the knowledge of the presentation of food and wine by the waiters was very, very good. Also, consider having the Atera wine pairing with your food, even though it is quit expensive at $135. Besides great wine, it contained two very, very good beer pairings, and four Sake pairings. I had my first sparkeling Sake ever. The pairing really enhance the experience. Tip: Try sharring a wine pairing between you instead of having one each.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    finedining
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Atera was a superb restaurant that met all our expectations. The food was great and different, with interesting flavours and forms. The plating of the food was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mind-blowing experience
    JKooVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Atera definitely earns its Michelin acclaims. It certainly isn't for "everyday" meals given the price point, but for any other special occasion, this definitely fits the bill. Chef Michael Lightner's creations are simply amazing both in taste and presentation. Watching the dishes being painstakingly prepared was just as enjoyable as eating each course. Service was impeccable, where the staff-to-diner ratio was seemingly 1-to-1. The one strange thing that occurred was that it seemed a bit awkward that we were asked to finish our final petite fours dessert downstairs in the bar. I assume it was because they needed to prepare for the next seating, but did kind of interrupt the flow of our dinner. The Milk Punch cocktail though, is tops!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT GREAT GREAT
    Jenlachica
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    You have to try this!! Impeccable! Food , service , everything was GREAT! Thank you Atera!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    pcolinoVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    One of the most (pleasantly) surprising NY restaurants! Worth the money!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baffling!
    MarcVdC
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Of all the top restaurants in NYC Atera, at this time, serves the most baffling foodie experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.