You enter into a small waiting area with a bar. The open view kitchen can be seen at the rear of a large dining room. The room, in the daytime, seems larger than it should be, brightly lit, and not what you would call intimate. There are no booths or secluded spaces to try and have a private discussion over lunch. You will see everyone in the dining room as soon as you enter, and they will see you. It sometimes makes business lunches problematic, with colleagues sitting three feet away, and frequent interruptions from friends and associates who stop over to see you. This feeling I have about the space is the singular reason I don’t have lunch there more often, since most of my weekday lunches are business lunches, but I am obviously wrong on this count too. The Palate is usually hopping at lunch hour. In any event, the food makes it well worth a visit.
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