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How busy are PDT and Little Branch late Thursday's?

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Singar Sep 15, 2008 12:50 AM

Just wondering, how busy are PDT and Little Branch on a Thursday at around midnight? Which one would be more crowded (and thus should be avoided)?

Also, for PDT, is it possible to make a reservation for two at a booth / table? Or do parties of two have to sit at the bar?

Thanks!

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    kathryn Sep 15, 2008 08:13 AM

    It's pretty difficult to get a table for 2 at PDT as there are only two 2-tops in the entire bar. They are usually quite busy on Thursdays. However, the bar is first come, first served. I always call ahead to inquire how busy the bar is. Most parties of two wind up at the bar. You might want to have Death & Co. as a backup plan.

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      LES_Crawler Sep 15, 2008 08:37 AM

      From my experience, PDT is really busy on Thursday nights. But like the previous poster said: if it's just two of you, then try winging it. You'll most likely wind up at the bar after a wait.

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        Singar Sep 15, 2008 10:29 AM

        kathryn, LES Crawler, thank you for the reply. What if we really want some privacy? Is it possible to call at 3pm that day (a Thursday) to reserve one of the 2-tops at PDT for midnight?

        Thanks!

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          kathryn Sep 15, 2008 01:57 PM

          You can certainly try to call and you might get lucky because you want a later seating! Good luck.

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            ESNY Sep 15, 2008 04:55 PM

            You can certainly call PDT at 3pm and hope you get through. There are only a handful of tables in the entire place, so reserving a 2-top isn't much more difficult than reserving a table for 4.

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              kathryn Sep 15, 2008 06:50 PM

              I guess it depends -- there are two (maybe 3?) booths up front that can fit a good 6-8 people. There are two tables for 2 against the wall, to the immediate right of the door, as you enter. There is also a booth in the back that can comfortably seat 4-5 people. So it's about the same chances, I suppose...I did try to get a reservation last week on a Tuesday for 2 people and the earliest they had was 12:30pm, so it might work out.

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          budnball Sep 15, 2008 08:37 AM

          I don't know about PDT but Little Branch is a tiny place and kinda cramped if comfort means anything. I would take the 5 minutes to head to Pegu Club. which makes as good drinks but feels a bit more upscale. Of course it depends on the scene you are looking for. Little Branch is surely the more "happening" place.

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            Singar Sep 15, 2008 10:29 AM

            Thanks budnball. Just wondering, how busy is Pegu Club on Thursday at midnight then?
            I'm actually looking for a more quiet, laid back atmosphere to talk.

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              ExFlexitarian Sep 15, 2008 02:24 PM

              Death & Co and Angel's Share will be much easier to get into, and are fairly laid back and quiet. Sake Bar Decibel is also a decent option, though there might be a slight wait for a table.

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                Kimlo Sep 15, 2008 05:16 PM

                You can make reservations at Little Branch? Just to sit and have drinks?

                We were thinking of stopping in for drinks next Friday after dinner. Probably looking at 9:30. Should I make reservations?

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                  kathryn Sep 15, 2008 06:49 PM

                  OOPS! Death & Co's last call is about 11:20 or so, and they close at midnight, so if you try to go then, you will definitely strike out. Sorry! I can't believe that slipped my mind.

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                    Kimlo Sep 15, 2008 07:03 PM

                    Kathryn,

                    Do you you think I should make reservations for 4 people on a Friday night at 9:30?

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                      kathryn Sep 15, 2008 07:25 PM

                      For which bar? Little Branch? I've never been but I hear it is a pretty small place. Better off trying to snag a reservation (assuming they take them).

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                        Kimlo Sep 15, 2008 07:32 PM

                        Kathryn...yes, I was referring to Little Branch. I think I'll give them a call just to be on the safe side.

                        Also, just wanted to thank you for all your help on this forum!! Really do appreciate it!

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              bussy26 Sep 15, 2008 08:02 AM

              They are both pretty busy but I have always been able to get a drink at little branch although sometimes would just stand in the tiny bar area. You can make a reservation there also.

              Not sure about reservations at PDT. Always just sat at the bar after a wait.

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