The highest levels of energy are found at the bar and community tables; the main dining area has what Huggard calls "second-tier energy." Beyond that lies the quieter, more formal dining area "for when Mom and Dad are in town," he adds, and past that, the narrow atrium with brick walls, potted plants and lights reminiscent of Larimer Square by Bistro Vendome.
I've sat in both ends of the spectrum -- in the sleepy atrium and at the never-a-dull-moment community table, with a girls'-night-out to our left and the open kitchen to our right -- but I never did get to sit in the main dining area.
Perhaps that's because Huggard said this section was great for a first date, which I haven't been on in 25 years.
One place no one will be able to sit: the mezzanine. That Strings hallmark was removed in the renovation.