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Need late night dining recomendation...

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I'm seeing a play on a Friday, that won't get out until 10:30pm, so I'm looking for a restaurant that serves late where I can make a 11pm reservation. Cuisine doesn't matter, just looking for good food, and still a vibrant scene at that time (don't want to just make the last seating, and be the only two people left there at midnight).

I currently have reservations at dell'anima, but have also thought of Momofuku Ssam since they both serve until 2am.

Are there any other places you'd recommend?

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  1. Are you OK with trying to walk-in somewhere? Or do you want a reservation for sure? I would wager that places that are walk-in only would be more reliably busy/full of people although a lot of the popular restaurants (McNally and Batali ones for sure) will still have people.

    It's often difficult to get a prime time reservation at places like Balthazar, Lupa, Casa Mono, etc. so that would be where I'd go. If I was willing to wait for a table or seat at the barthen Blue Ribbon Brasserie or Bakery, Spotted Pig, 'inoteca, or Babbo.

    This list is fairly accurate with the exception of Talbot's push cart (gone):
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/18/din...

    1. No, I'm open to waiting for a table as long as I didn't have to wait more than 30 min or so. I've thought of the Blue Ribbon places, but didn't think of getting a seat at the bar at Babbo. How is 'inoteca, haven't been or heard much about it?

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      1. re: Corporate_40

        Re: 'inoteca. I've not been to the one on the LES, but I have been to the Gramercy location a couple of times, and I think the food is excellent. The dining room (which is where we've eaten) is on the left; bar room on the right. They are open every day until 3 a.m., and at 11 p.m. on Friday nights, it's a hoppin' place.

        http://www.inotecanyc.com