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Dinner tonight: Breslin, Momofuku, Back Forty...

I'm interested in going to a place like the Breslin, Momofuku Ssam, Back Forty (great food, reasonably priced, fun) but I'm terrified of the 1-2 hour waits I hear about at these places.

It is going to be a party of 2, tonight (!), probably around 7:00 - we are looking for something in the price range of the aformentioned places - location unimportant. Any ideas? Or, conversely, can anyone give feedback about the wait at these places?

Thanks in advance, as I understand the short notice I am providing.

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

Back Forty
190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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

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  1. I think Back Forty will have the shortest wait.

    It *is* a Friday, so you're probably looking at at least two hours at the Breslin, if not closer to three. Someone who goes to Ssam more often can give you a more accurate estimate of their wait.

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    Back Forty
    190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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

    1. Breslin is going to be crazy.

      Momofuku Ssam might not be too bad. They have a lot of places to put 2-tops especially if you're willing to sit at a counter across from each other. Might be more like 30-45 min. Not 2 hrs. A meal there will last about an hour tops, so they're good at turnover.

      Not sure about Back Forty. You might consider trying to get a last minute reservation at Prune, Peels, maybe DBGB?

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

      Back Forty
      190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

      DBGB
      299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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

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      1. re: kathryn

        At 7pm a lot of restaurants are still on the empty side. I've gone to the Breslin around 7/730ish on a friday and walked right in. Usually starts picking up after 8 and closer 9.

        Same goes for Momofuku Ssam bar. The later you go the longer the waits are. At 7, usually not more than 15-20 minutes. By 9, you are talking over an hour.

        I actually think Back Forty would be the worst option, since they actually take reservations, so I think walk-ins would have a longer wait there.

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

        Back Forty
        190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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

        1. re: ESNY

          Back Forty doesn't take reservations, except for special events or large parties.

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          Back Forty
          190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

          1. re: Wilfrid

            Could've sworn they did. Maybe for brunch? I take it back then...

        2. re: kathryn

          if you can do a little earlier, like 6:30, you'll probably be fine at ssam

          1. re: kathryn

            Thanks for the recommendations - I am going to avoid the Breslin...DBGB is totally booked, as is Peels, so it looks like we'll have to head over to Back Forty, Peels or Momofuku with no reservation - just our fingers crossed.

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            Back Forty
            190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

            1. re: detroit1010

              yeah, nothing about the wait at the breslin is fun--bar staff who assiduously ignore your existence, and limited communication about wait time and status...too bad the lamb burger is so damn delicious.

              1. re: rose water

                That is what I was going for...oh well...maybe lunch some time...

                1. re: detroit1010

                  Went for lunch today (Friday), got there at noon, waited maybe 10 minutes. Looked busy but nowhere near as insane as it is for dinner.

                  The thrice cooked fries are still damn delicious.

                  Someone told me you get better services at the upstairs bar at the Breslin, BTW.

              2. re: detroit1010

                We never have had a problem getting a table with no wait in the lounge at DBGB. (That said, on our last visit -- last week -- we didn't love the food.)

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                DBGB
                299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

            2. Why dont you just go to Dean Street in BK, it's great food...great ambiance, very chill, no wait by that time.

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              1. re: Chuonfood

                I was at Ssam Bar last night (which was terrific, BTW) at 7 to 8:30 and the wait was minimal.

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

              2. i've NEVER waited more than 15 minutes at Ssam, and i've gone quite frequently

                1. I know this is a day late-- where did you end up going?

                  If you're only going for the lamb burger at The Breslin... go for lunch! I've walked in with two people and I've walked in with 4 people at various times for lunch and never had more than a 10 minute wait. Also worth having is the tongue sandwich- delish!

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

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                  1. re: iamraven

                    Ditto, where'd you go? We actually almost went to Back Forty last night ourselves, but made the trek over to Roberta's instead. You wanna talk long waits, 2 hours for two people at 7:30 p.m.... But we did it, and it was worth it. :)

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                    Back Forty
                    190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

                    1. re: loratliff

                      Wow! Thank you all for your words of wisdom. All of this information will certainly be useful in the weeks to come, and I will keep everyone posted on the waits (or hopefully lack thereof) that I incur at some of these restaurants.

                      We ended up at Momofuku and the wait, as you all predicted, was minimal - maybe 15 minutes. The food was great, the environment very lively, and service friendly. A great experience.

                  2. Just wanted to report on a few of these restaurants which I was able to make it to this weekend.

                    I went with a group of 3 to Back Forty for brunch yesterday and they quoted a 30 minute wait, although it didn't take that long. I had the fried chicken and waffles - it was really delicious. One of the most moist and tasty waffles I've ever had with really moist fried chicken on top. Really great, and pretty reasonable at $14.

                    This morning I went to the Breslin for brunch around noon and walked right up to the bar and sat, and in fact, there were quite a few seats around me available. I ordered the lamb burger and thought it was good, but not great. Both the burger and the fries were SO salty, so I felt like by the end of the meal the flavors were getting lost in all the salt. I must say, though, that I really enjoyed the combination of the lamb and feta cheese with the cumin mayo cutting through the richness. Also, for all of the problems others have had with service, I must say that everyone I dealt with was really friendly.

                    If I were to go back for one dish, though, I'd choose Back Forty, but I'm not sure you can go wrong with either....

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                    Back Forty
                    190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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