Brunch in NYC
Called Balthazar for a reservation this weekend to no avail. Who know brunch could be so popular? Can someone recco something comparable, I've read the Brunch post here but seeing if anyone wanted to add their two cents!
Extra Virgin - reservations for parties of 6 or more only
Prune - no reservations
Clinton Street - no reservations
Pastis - takes reservations, but only over the phone, call ASAP
Tasting Room - no longer open
Cookshop - takes reservations, go on OpenTable soon
Five Points - takes reservations, go on OpenTable but probably fully booked already, they usually book up fast
Shopsin's (Saturday only) - no reservations
And brunch is EXTREMELY popular in Manhattan, with some places serving from the morning (8am, 9am) until 3 or 4pm.
Yeah. When I had brunch at Balthazar on Labor Day, our waiter told us that if you show up before 10:30, you can just walk in - no need for reservations. The problem is that you probably want to reserve at a peak lunch time - like everyone else. If you're willing to wake up and get going earlier, you won't have trouble getting a table wherever you want that's already open.