I have a Saturday Night reservation for 2 people at Veritas, but the only times we could get non-smoking were 6 pm or 10 pm. Being a staid Midwesterner, I took 6 pm (think of me as if Garrison Keilor were a blonde girl...)
Anyway, as the beautiful people come in for their 7:30 (etc) reservations, will we feel rushed? I don't necessarily like to linger over coffee, but I always have about 1/2 a glass of wine to savor after my main meal is done.
I realize this post comes after the fact, but, as a general rule, when faced with such conundrums, I have always found it helpful to talk to the reservationist. Doing so for example saved me from accepting an early seating at March where I would have been unable to sample the grand tasting menu.
Indeed, I have found that the best way to deal with most questions and problems one has while dining out is to bring them up quickly and politely.
Funny you should ask. I have not been to Veritas but I recently enjoyed a 5:30 res. at Babbo. (It was that or 10:30) I was surprised that we had the table til 8:30!! It was Tuesday, though.
But, no, a good restaurant will not rush you simpley because it's earlier. Actually, while not faster necessarily, I have found early res.s to be so pleasent, the staff so alert and refreshed, everything working like a well-oiled clock.
Good luck...I wouldn't worry.
P.S. I can't even begin to figure out how they juggle the res.s at these places!!