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West Village, early Friday dinner

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Looking to try a new spot in the West Village/Far West Village -- we have theater tickets for an 8 PM show on 47th Street, so would love to do something relatively low-key, i.e. not requiring a reservation, not too involved (since we have only an hour or an hour and a half to eat), and on the early side, before taking the train uptown. Is there anything good in this category near the Christopher Street subway?

I've been thinking of trying Buvette -- anyone been?

Is Little Owl doable for a walk-in party of 2 around 6 PM on a Friday? I feel like I always see hordes of people on that corner.

Commerce? I've had drinks there and liked the vibe, but how is the food?

Thanks in advance for any quick thoughts on this last-minute brainstorm request...

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Little Owl
90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

Commerce
50 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014

Buvette
42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. This is probably too late, but in case anyone else searches with a similar question:

    Little Owl is definitely doable around 6 p.m. for two.

    I've not been to Buvette, but have been intrigued.

    A.O.C. is good, as is August. There's also Market Table and Joseph Leonard (wait would be minimal at 6 p.m., although later is hellish).

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    Little Owl
    90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

    Market Table
    54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

    Joseph Leonard
    170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

    Buvette
    42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

    1. Malatesta will do. They'll get you out of there satisfied and on time time to make your show.

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      Malatesta
      649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014