No reservations? No problem!
Hubby and I rarely go to dinner at places that don't take reservations and have a wait because a) neither of us likes that kind of waiting and b) we're paying a babysitter while we're sitting around twiddling our thumbs! We're in that time of year, however, where the city clears out, people go out to eat much later, etc., so some key spots open up.
We've got a few weeks left to hit these spots! Where would you suggest? The ECG springs to mind...others?
Neptune springs to mind, but I don't think they are empty even in this dead season.
Trattoria Toscana for sure.
Bar-oriented places, if you like that. The bar at Craigie is wonderful, a very different experience than dining at a table. Drink (not for food, just the namesake). The Druid. MIracle of Science. The bar at Chez Henri.
Giacomo's in the SE takes reservations, is equal in quality and superior in service to the NE location IMO. Therefore I can't see a reason ever to wait in line at the NE location. Yesterday afternoon there was a line 30 feet out the door for Giacomo's NE at 5:30p. Also, we put our name in at Neptune at about 5:15p and were called back by 6:00p.
It has been easier to get in most places in general for about a year now from my experience.
I totally know what you mean. On date night, we like to head to Silvertone, especially if we can get there before 6pm. Even spending some time drinking cocktails in the bar area doesn't feel like "that" kind of waiting.