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Can't get a good reso at Nota Bene, need a back up?!

We've been planning to go to Nota Bene tomorrow night (Saturday) and last week when we called we could only get a 6:00 reservation. Unfortunately we've called a couple times this week to see if there's been any change and it doesn't look like it will be possible to change this.
Anyhow, we're (sadly) looking for other options in about the same price range (less than $200/couple).
I was thinking maybe Temple Kitchen?? Any recommendations? Help!

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  1. How odd - exactly the same happened to us today (Friday). Temple Kitchen is a thought!

    1. Jenni_Bee,

      As far as I understand, NB only has two sitings. And unless this has changed due to the economy, no matter how many times you call back, you will either be offered the 6PM or an 8:30 or so seating. My guess is that most diners would opt for the 8:30 and those would go quite a bit faster. Best to scan opentable a bit earlier perhaps. Sometimes if you're willing, you could get a table at the bar area where no reservations are taken. But that's a different atmosphere all together. Good luck!

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      1. re: BokChoi

        is this just for weekends? i went on tuesday with a 7pm reservation for 5

        1. re: halugii

          I made reservations for an upcoming Friday and was offered a 6, 7:00 or 8 o'clock time.

          1. re: halugii

            Ah, I guess they're not as packed as they once were. I remember being offered only those times the last time I went. It was fine, as I generally dine earlier than most. Thanks for the correction.

        2. There's Frank up the street?

          1. NB does take reso's for different times but they've been booked between 7-10pm tomorrow for 3 weeks. I even have an "in" as we deal with them through my work and that couldn't help at all. :( sadness.
            I was looking at L'Unita as well, any thoughts?

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            1. re: Jenni_Bee

              Better be quick at L'Unita.

              Place is as busy as NB and smaller.

              I'm pretty sure they have line- ups on Saturday nights.

            2. Forte is right across the road and always has open tables:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/577965

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              1. re: graydyn

                This place seems to be consistently forgotten by everyone, I wonder why that is.