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Favorite Saturday night dinner places with no reservations

It's saturday night and you've decided, rather spur of the moment, to go out for dinner. Where do you head and why?

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  1. Del Posto because the food is outstanding and the bar's nice. Tip the Maitre D $20.00 and the bartender another $20.00. Sit at their big nice bar and drink until they call you for your table. Probably take about two glasses of wine before they call.

    Del Posto @ 85 10th Avenue, NY 212 - 497 - 8090.

    http://www.delposto.com/home.htm

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    Del Posto
    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: Littleman

      Paying for dinner at Del Posto sounds bad enough already; you want to tack an extra $40 on to that just to get a table?

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      Del Posto
      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

      1. re: hcbk0702

        You could suggest a nice place for the OP rather than running down the replies. Thanks A.

    2. Convivio usually has openings on Saturday eve due to its Tudor City location. One of my favorite Italian restaurants.

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      Convivio
      45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

      1. Smith and Wollensky Grill - 20-30 min
        Max - 30-40 min
        Frank 30-40 min

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            1. re: plafield

              So many choices! Care to narrow down to a few neighborhoods and types of cuisines plafield?

          1. I see you are not from Manhattan. Why not just make 2 sets of reservations and then cancel as your agenda becomes more solid?

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            1. re: chow_gal

              @chow_gal not a terrible recommendation, this one.

              I'm not a wealthy man and am not much for fancy-schmancy dinners, but I do like to go to the low-key French Gavroche or the downscale-pretty new-American "Rabbits'" in my hood. Both very affordable and cozy, with friendly service. More my style.

                1. re: RGR

                  Sorry, RGR... Guess I am out of touch. :(

              1. re: chow_gal

                It's true, I'm not from Manhatten but will be visiting a friend who lives in Brooklyn for the weekend. We're always going with the flow and never know ahead where we'll be or when we'll be ready for dinner, thus the desire for some choices where we don't need a reservation. 30-40 minute wait times are just fine and I really appreciate all the great suggestions!

              2. El Centro
                Resto
                Peasant (wine bar or restaurant, depending on crowds)
                Back Forty
                Le Zie
                Trestle on Tenth

                That's just a few - I am a little impatient with wait times on Saturdays, so I try to go places where two people can get in quickly and easily (or somewhere with other options nearby!)