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Though the view from Brushstroke’s rice-paper lined windows aren’t anything special, there are a number of seats in the house with an awe-inducing perspective: namely, the 17 at the counter lining the Japanese eatery’s preparation area. Secure a front-row seat to the dicing, slicing and wrapping of chef Isao Yamada as he creates choice items for the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant’s hungry diners. You may be elbow-to-elbow with fellow patrons, but this behind-the-scenes glimpse is certainly worth the slightly cramped seating. If you’d like a bit of a broader perspective on the goings on of this New York restaurant, we’ve been told table 35 has a choice view of the entire space (so ask for it by number).