The Best Seat In Every Restaurant

David Chang on why the bar is the best seat in a restaurant:

When everyone’s so close, it changes the dining experience. Out on the floor, you’re a dickhead if you overhear a conversation and chime in. Not at the bar. You connect, trade stories, then trade bites. I’ve never shared as much food with strangers as I have at the bar. You meet great people that way—you’re part of this band of outsiders within the restaurant. And for me, that’s the best possible dining experience of all.

We are regulars at Kobe Sake, a small sushi restaurant in San Bruno. We always sit at the bar.