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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.


    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?

      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.

      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
                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!)

                1. I rarely, if ever, make reservations and tend to go out most often in the East Village so thats where most of my places are. Here are the places I go to the most:

                  Redhead (probably longest wait on Saturday)
                  Momofuku Ssam Bar (wait can be anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour depending on timing/luck/etc)
                  Back Forty
                  Mercadito Cantina
                  Veloce Pizzeria
                  Buenos Aires
                  Dok Suni
                  Bar Veloce/Bar Carrera/Pata Negra/Terroir

                  Via Emilia
                  enoteca iTrulli
                  Blue Smoke (I live around here so go fairly frequently and can usually get a few seats at the bar within 10-15 minutes)
                  Casa Mono

                  Casa Mono
                  52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

                  Momofuku Ssam Bar
                  207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  Buenos Aires
                  513 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

                  Back Forty
                  190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

                  Dok Suni
                  119 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  Via Emilia
                  47 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

                  Blue Smoke
                  116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

                  Mercadito Cantina
                  172 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

                  Veloce Pizzeria
                  103 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

                  349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                  1. Tulcingo del Valle for chile rellenos: I'll find any excuse to eat there
                    Le Zie: it's good, it's close by, and the service is friendly
                    L'Express: I dream about their croques (both monsieur and madame)
                    Markt: solid neighborhood spot w/ a varied menu


                    676 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010

                    249 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003

                    Tulcingo del Valle
                    665 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                    Le Zie
                    172 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                    1. Bar seats at WD-50 or Falai, if we're feeling fancy.
                      Fuleen's in Chinatown, if we're feeling fresh Chinese seafood.
                      Cong Ly on Hester for Pho.
                      The Orchard, for something quiet and a little more romantic.

                      50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

                      Cong Ly
                      124 Hester St, New York, NY 10002

                      The Orchard
                      162 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002

                      11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

                      68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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                      1. re: sgordon

                        Thanks everyone for the suggestions. We went to Le Zie and it was delicious and I'd go again in a minute!

                        Le Zie
                        172 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011