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do I need reservations for Katz's and a few other qs

trueblu Sep 8, 2008 09:25 PM

Visiting NYC next week-end (first trip for my wife, and my first opportunity to be a tourist).

After excellent advice from the CH board, we've opted for a special lunch at Jean-Georges on the Monday (our last day). For a 'NY experience' we want to try the following, and would appreciate advice:

1. We want to go to Katz's on the Saturday evening -- should I make reservations (not even sure if they take them) or just turn up and wait, if necessary.

2. On the Sunday evening we're going to a Broadway show, and want to just have a quick pizza slice. We're probably going to go from the Met to the show via pizza. Where would CHers recommend?

3. On the Sunday morning we're going to have the obligatory brunch..I've been naughty and haven't booked a table yet. Inspite of the hype, I'm going to try for Balthazar, but we're open to suggestions, especially if I can't get a reservation.

many, many thanks!


  1. MMRuth Sep 9, 2008 11:50 AM

    I found many posts on this thread helpful vis a vis ordering at Katz's:


    1. t
      trueblu Sep 9, 2008 10:42 AM

      Thanks for all the info on brunch: we want to have a relatively early brunch (rather an oxymoron, I know) since we will have touristy things to do as well, so five points and a few others (which start serving at 11:00 or 11:30) are probably out. I think we will try for clinton street bakery or prune, neither of which take reservations, so we will have a fighting chance!

      Are there any suggestions for pizza (e.g. by the slice, take-out, or a _quick_ meal) on our way to the broadway show?



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      1. re: trueblu
        kathryn Sep 9, 2008 10:56 AM

        Arrive at Clinton St or Prune by 9:30, 9:45am, and you should be OK, especially since there are only two of you.

        1. re: trueblu
          RGR Sep 9, 2008 11:17 AM

          Another good option for brunch is Penelope, on the corner of Lex & 30th. They start serving at 8 a.m. Small place with tasty food and kitchy decor. I don't think they take reservations, but if you are going before 11 a.m., you should have no difficulty getting a table.


          For pizza in the Theater District, there's John's Pizzeria, on 44th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av. Whole pies only.


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          ESNY Sep 9, 2008 09:34 AM

          No reservation at Katz's. Wait on the lines at the meat cutters rather than getting a table with waitress service. If there are a few of you, one can snag a table while the others wait in line. Line closest to the front is for hot dogs, soup, knoblewurst, etc. Then there will be a series of lines next to it for sandwiches. Further down is the french fry and soda line. The crowd there comes in waves, so you could get lucky and go during a lull only to see huge lines reappear minutes later. Definitely worth it. If the sandwich line is long, do what I do and grab a hot dog or knoblewurst to eat while waiting for the pastrami sandwich.

          For brunch, I'd recommend Five Points. They have a very good brunch and isn't as crazy as Balthazar although still energetic. You shouldn't have a problem making reservations there.

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            kathryn Sep 9, 2008 06:54 AM

            For #2: are you saying you're coming from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (UES) or the Metropolitan Opera (by Lincoln Center, UWS)? Both are referred to as "The Met" sometimes.

            For #3: Best brunch in NY:

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            1. re: kathryn
              trueblu Sep 9, 2008 07:54 AM

              thanks for the info re: Katz's.

              For clarification -- sorry, meant the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

              Tried to get a table at Balthazar, and predictably, they are booked up until 15:00!! I've had look at the 'best brunch' board -- which one might have a table for this Sunday?



              1. re: trueblu
                RGR Sep 9, 2008 09:13 AM

                Marseille, on the corner of 9th Av. & 44th St., is an attractive, bustling brasserie serving very good French/Mediterranean cuisine. Excellent place for brunch. They start serving at 11 a.m. OpenTable shows plenty of availabiilties.


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              UES Mayor Sep 9, 2008 04:26 AM

              No reservations needed as someone already mentioned. Picture a big caferteria-ish venue. You are given a ticket upon entry-don't lose it!! you need it for exit to pay your bill. Cash only-but in back there is a register that takes credit cards! Not a fancy place-but huge and quientessential NY. Its self serve except for tables along wall-if its crowded have someone in your party scope out table while you order.

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                tpigeon Sep 9, 2008 03:08 AM

                No reservations at Katz's. You will have to wait on line at the time you are going and you may have to wait a bit to sit down once you get your food as well.

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