The James Beard Foundation opens the chef's house for meals almost nightly. There will be a different chef from around the country each night. The meal is fixed price and includes wine paring. Appetizers, 3-4 courses and desserts are included. As a member of the Foundation, the planned chefs are sent to you in advance so on can plan to visit those nights with a particular style of food. If there are two in your party, you will usually be seated with 2 or 4 other patrons. This is actually quite pleasant as you get to converse with very interesting people. We try to come here each time we a in NYC.