First, Dante Boccuzzi unveiled the chef’s table, a very special booth located smack dab in the middle of his Tremont restaurant kitchen. Now, a few fearless guests can take a seat right behind the bar, in a special two-person table affectionately dubbed “The Cockpit.”
Guests who call to reserve the table will have an eagle-eye view of the action at the bar. In addition to watching the bartender mix drinks – and the bar crowd consume them – Cockpit diners might help the bartender make cocktails, enjoy a special tasting menu paired with cocktails, and even play games like the Ring Toss, where they try and hook a bottle of booze.
“We’re calling it a ‘cocktail-experience table,’ but it’s basically a chef’s table behind the bar,” explains Boccuzzi. “We’re trying to build this whole experience around it.”
The idea originated not from Boccuzzi himself, but rather a wise-cracking regular.
“My fiancé and I walked in there one night and there were no bar seats,” says frequent guest Michael Tortora. “We got a little frustrated that there was nowhere to sit and hang out. The bartender, Paul Norris, jokingly asked if he should pull up a few stools behind the bar for us. I said, ‘yeah, you should,’ and we left.
“We were just joking, but apparently they took it seriously,” Tortora adds. “It’s really unique. I’ve been all over the country and can’t recall seeing anything like that.”