Favorite Saturday night dinner places with no reservations
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
124 Hester St, New York, NY 10002
162 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002
11 Division St, New York, NY 10002
68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
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
172 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011
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)
Bar Veloce/Bar Carrera/Pata Negra/Terroir
Blue Smoke (I live around here so go fairly frequently and can usually get a few seats at the bar within 10-15 minutes)
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
513 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
119 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
47 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016
172 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
103 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
Peasant (wine bar or restaurant, depending on crowds)
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!)
@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.
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!
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.
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011