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In the city from out of town (out of country actually) this Saturday to pay final respects to the House That Ruth Built and haven't had time or energy to make reservations anywhere for Saturday night. There will be two of us and we'd be happy to eat at the bar of any place that otherwise would likely be impossible to get a table at under such short notice. Had a similar lucky experience at Gramercy Tavern unannounced a year or so ago and someting of a similar calibre/vibe would be great. I appreciate that it's a crapshoot but any recommendations for where we should try our luck would be helpful.

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  1. I LOVE sitting at the bar at Otto...Gotta get there fairly early though (5ish)...Fantastic.
    One 5th Avenue

    http://ottopizzeria.com/about_reserva...

    1. that's a day game, right? here's the plan: take the 4 train from yankee stadium to union square (14th st.) and walk the few blocks to casa mono. you should be able to snag two seats at the bar. worst case is you'll have to cool your heels next door at bar jamon, drinking cava and eating spanish ham until the hostess comes over to get you.

      i've done this a few times. dining at casa mono after a day game lets you (barely) beat the crowds.

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      1. re: steve h.

        I was JUST coming back to reccomened casa mono!

        1. re: kcijones001

          lol!
          i'm a fan of the bar at otto.

      2. Agreed on Casa Mono. You can also grab a bar seat in the Bar Room at the Modern - it's one of my favorite places to eat at the bar.

        1. aroma food & wine bar. try to get there for the apertivo on weeknights.

          http://www.aromanyc.com/events.html

          1. Union Square Cafe at the bar is fantastic. Some will call it overrated, but if you order the Smoked Shell Steak you will be very happy there. Whatever incarnation of Baked Alaska they are serving is a must as well.

            1. Some excellent and much appreciated suggestions. Was hoping to have a chance to freshen up a bit or at least change my beer soaked shirt after the game before dinner, and as our hotel is on the way to Union Square from the stadium we may hopefully still be able to do so. That way I won't have to wear my Blue Jays hat to dinner either.

              1. The Momofuku's have a lot of bar seats. Hearth has a couple too. If you like Gramercy Tavern, I think you'll like this place.