takes a look at one of the most debated features of restaurant design: the communal table. On the one hand, sitting with strangers gives rise to the feelings of conviviality and, according to some in the articles, reminds you that food "shouldn't be taken that seriously." On the other, do you actually want to be stuffed elbow-to-elbow with strangers when you're paying top dollar for a good meal?This week, the NY Post
The complaints seem to focus on money, saying that communal tables are fine if you're eating on the go somewhere cheap, but you should have your own space if you're paying high prices. Take a look:
"Miller and her husband were seated across from each other at the 2 ½ -feet-wide farm table in the middle of the restaurant, and were barely able to converse across the expanse. She says she doesn’t mind sharing a long table for a cheap meal at Le Pain Quotidien, but 'at RedFarm you’re easily spending $100, so I think you should get better accommodations.'"
What do you think? Do you feel warm and fuzzy when dining at one of these setups, or is it not worth the money? Let us know in the comments.