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Need to make reseveration for 3 pple for 4/18 @ 7:30 and everything is booked! Any hidden gems?

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bronkers Apr 11, 2009 08:20 AM

I have my mother in law coming in from bumblef@@@ and wants to eat dinner in NYC on Saturday night at 7:30 - its next week 4/18 and all the places I have thought of are booked.
Any suggestions of hidden gems? I am open to anything but French and nothing that is priced like le bernandin.

I have thought about going to Babbo and waiting for a table but not sure if that will work out.

Please help!

  1. MMRuth Apr 11, 2009 08:22 AM

    Have you tried Le Gigot - excellent food, small French place on Cornelia
    Street.

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      bronkers Apr 11, 2009 08:38 AM

      Thanks but I am open to any place EXCEPT a French place. Any other suggestions?

      thanks

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        MMRuth Apr 11, 2009 09:54 AM

        An Oops - sorry. What about Chinese - thinking of Chin Chin.

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          foodwhisperer Apr 11, 2009 02:37 PM

          Indochine for upscale Vietnamese , nice atmosphere. Aqua Grill for seafood,,, If your looking for hot hot hot places on a Saturday it's tough , but more than likely you can get reservation this far in advance at most places. Open Table was a good suggestion, they usually come through.

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            MMRuth Apr 11, 2009 03:04 PM

            Chinatown Brasserie, in that vein, might be fun too.

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        kim e Apr 11, 2009 08:43 AM

        Gradisca. Total hidden Italian gem. Wonderful food and rarely fully booked. They have a website with menu. Waiting for a table at Babbo might be difficult. Have you tried putting your name on Gramercy Tavern's waiting list?

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          bronkers Apr 11, 2009 09:53 AM

          you can put your name on the gramercy tavern list early?
          I will look into gradisca - thanks.

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            bronkers Apr 11, 2009 10:00 AM

            Thanks - just put my name on the gramercy wait list and I am looking up Gradisca.

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            cimui Apr 11, 2009 09:56 AM

            Try calling:

            Spiga (Italian, UWS)
            Kefi (Greek, UWS)
            Pylos (Greek, EV)
            Dovetail (New American, UWS)
            Compass (New American, UWS)
            Isabella's (New American, UWS)

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              rrems Apr 12, 2009 07:53 PM

              Compass is a great suggestion and easy to get a res. Vice Versa is another likely possibility. If 8:00 is okay you should be able to get into Orso after the pre-theater crowds leave. Olana will also have availability.

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              Simon Apr 11, 2009 09:58 AM

              consider Cacio e Vino in the East Village...casual, but cozy and delicious w/ lots of Sicilian specialties...

              what kinds of my places does your mother in law like best?...what kind of vibe, what are her favorite foods?...how adventurous an eater?...

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                eeee Apr 11, 2009 10:27 AM

                Not sure if you have any atmosphere or location restrictions. some thoughts (based on a recent Opentable search)

                Allegretti
                Commerce
                Elletaria
                Insieme
                Red Cat

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                  RGR Apr 11, 2009 01:55 PM

                  Have you tried OpenTable? A quick check shows a very long list of restaurants with reservations available for three people on 4/18 at 7:30. You might want to have a look to see which places that fit your budget might appeal to you. I noted that our favorite Greek restaurant, Kellari's Parea, can accommodate you. Delicious food, excellent service, and pleasing atmospherics.

                  http://www.kellari-parea.com

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