When amateur chefs decided to offer restaurant quality food in a homey, intimate atmosphere, charging patrons prix fixe to dine, private kitchens were born. This dining fad took off in the 90s and continues to be a culinary phenomenon today. Such establishments are usually located in nondescript buildings, giving off an “underground” allure. Yellow Door is one of the city’s original private kitchens and serves tongue-numbing Sichuanese dishes, including the must-try spicy ribs. Alternatively, Liberty Private Works is the brainchild of award-winning local chef Vicky Cheng and offers a delectable eight-course, dégustation French meal. The restaurant only seats 26 diners at one time, so reservations are booked up to weeks in advance.