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Looking for a place that takes reservations - something similar to The Breslin, John Dory, Joseph Leonard

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gramercyfoodie Feb 2, 2011 10:57 AM

Hi All - I'm a native NY'er living in Boston and coming in town at the end of Feb. We're looking for somewhere newish (and great), quasi casual (similar to places mentioned above) that takes reservations. We'll be going on a Friday night after driving from Boston so just can't fathom the idea of waiting for over an hour. Have heard great things about Joseph Leonard, but again, can't deal w/the wait. Anywhere on the west side from the village to UWS would be ideal but open to any location. Would love your ideas.

Promise to report back.

Thanks!!
GF

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Joseph Leonard
170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

The Breslin
20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

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    peter j Feb 2, 2011 11:10 AM

    How about Fish Tag on the Upper West Side? I haven't been to John Dory yet but Fish Tag seems to have a similar approach to seafood, albeit with a Greek spin.

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    Fish Tag
    222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

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      gramercyfoodie Feb 2, 2011 12:30 PM

      Fish Tag looks great. Thanks for the idea!

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      Fish Tag
      222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

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      kathryn Feb 2, 2011 01:10 PM

      BTW, if you stay at the Ace Hotel, you can make a reservation at John Dory Oyster Bar.

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      The John Dory Oyster Bar
      1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

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        gramercyfoodie Feb 2, 2011 04:14 PM

        ha, good to know but we're staying with friends.

      2. loratliff Feb 2, 2011 04:40 PM

        One thing, in Joseph Leonard's defense: they will call you when your table's ready, so you do have the bonus of being able to leave and grab a drink somewhere.

        The Fat Radish, in Chinatown, is along the same vein as the places you mentioned and does take reservations. Just got a star from Sam Sifton, too. Oh, also Peels, on the Bowery, takes reservations and is very good.

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        Joseph Leonard
        170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

        Fat Radish
        17 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

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          gramercyfoodie Feb 12, 2011 03:43 AM

          Anymore ideas? Going to try Fish Tag one night - could use another place for another. The Fat Radish is a great suggestion but they're booked.

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          Fat Radish
          17 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

          Fish Tag
          222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

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            rrems Feb 12, 2011 07:01 AM

            Fedora. Same owners as Joseph Leonard, but they take reservatons. It's loud and crowded but the food is very good.

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              kathryn Feb 12, 2011 07:07 AM

              Note it's only day of and for parties of 4 or more, though.

              http://fedoranyc.com/reservations.html

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                rrems Feb 12, 2011 12:03 PM

                Thanks for clarifying that. When we went there were six of us and a friend made the res, so I did not know there was a minimum number of people.

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                  kathryn Feb 12, 2011 01:04 PM

                  Sounds like a good candidate for those "last minute, big group" sorts of requests, though!

                  What did you have there?

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                    rrems Feb 12, 2011 02:05 PM

                    I had pig's head and skate. Both were very good, the pig's head breaded and fried, served with greens and sauce gribiche, sort of a variation on tete de veau, the skate served with bone marrow (how can you go wrong with bone marrow?). My partner had tongue and octopus with sweetbreads, both of which I tasted and would gladly order. Others had duck leg and pork chop, which looked good but I did not taste them. They also liked their desserts, but I couldn't eat another bite. Portions are not skimpy.

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                gramercyfoodie Feb 12, 2011 12:01 PM

                Thanks -- will back back-up reservation and try Fedora on same day.

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              hilogo Feb 25, 2011 02:16 PM

              Don't know if you've made your trip yet but what about BLT Fish? Blue Ribbon? Mermaid Oyster Bar.

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              BLT Fish
              21 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

              Mermaid Oyster Bar
              79 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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