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May 23, 2007 02:19 PM

Lupa without Reservations

My cousin is in town this weekend, and I would like to take her to Lupa even though we do not have reservations. How early do you think we should arrive to be seated without a reservation, and are they also packed at lunch? Thanks.

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  1. You might actually benefit from Memorial Day since a lot of native NYers will be out of town! I've shown up around 4:45 on Saturday/Sunday afternoon and gotten seated without a reservation. Couldn't tell you about lunch.

    You could also try calling a day or two before (or day of!) to see if anything opened up--I've never had luck with that but apparently other people have!

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    1. re: Kanger

      Last I heard, Lupa kept roughly half of their tables for walk ins. So it's not impossible to get a table... it's just that they get a lot of walk ins and you'll have to wait.

      The earlier the better, is my guess.... what, no later than 7?

    2. We have been walking-in during the last 3 or 4 in the last year, all during weekends, between 5:30 and 7:00, and have always had our table available within 20 minutes of waiting by the bar.

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      1. re: RCC

        Agreed. I walk in all the time and get a table either immediately or after a 15 min. wait or so. I generally eat around 9 or 10. I think you'll be fine!

      2. It just depends on your timing really...I have walked in and been seated within 15 minutes and I have waited upwards of an hour.

        1. Most times that I've gone (always for lunch on the weekend) I've called the morning of and always gotten a reservation - usually for 2 or 3 people.

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          1. re: MMRuth

            The only time I ever called and tried to get a rez was right after they opened (was that 02?). That's when the reservationist said they only take reservations for the back room and the front room was all walk ins. I never bothered trying to get a reservation since.

            1. re: egit

              I didn't even know they had a back room at Lupa!

          2. You can always eat at the bar without reservations, if there's a place. I used to do that a lot, havent been there in years, but a few months ago I thought a lady I knew was coming to town so I asked the helpful hostess how to get a table without reservations. She advised showing up before 5 PM.