Two Michelin Stars, New York
Reviewed by Justine Murphy, CEO of mymuybueno – March 2017
In its opening year of 2012 Atera was awarded two Michelin stars under Head Chef Matthew Lightner, formerly of Noma. In 2015. Danish Chef Ronny Emborg, formerly of Copenhagen’s Michelin-starred Marchal, as well as El Bulli and Mugaritz, took control. He has introduced ‘The Sensory Kitchen’, a cooking style where the dining guest must use eyes, ears, nose and taste during the meal (not to mention the camera when guests are trying to capture the true essence of perfection on a plate).
Blink and you would miss the entrance as it’s quite discreetly hidden, located in Tribeca underneath a block of apartments. On arriving at Atera I was met directly with the open kitchen and bar seating, where I promptly took my place. Atera is a small restaurant, just one room, with the bar seating for guests and then one small high table behind in the corner for four. It felt intimate and unpretentious, which relaxed me immediately. Chef Ronny was on dinner service.
A nice touch was that of napkins being strategically placed either side of me, one under my phone to my left and one to my right under my DSLR camera. This was a massive attention to detail and a great start.