--Al di La Wine Bar features same menu as Al di La. Frequently, seats available at bar for walk-ins. Few tables in there, as well. Wait far less than for main restaurant. Again, same menu.
--Brooklyn Fare maintains a waiting list. I don't know how many people cancel each week, but with 20 seated each night, it is reasonable to conclude that 2 or 4 might get in off wait list every couple of nights.
Long wait: Grimaldi's (Totally not worth it); DiFara's (totally worth it); Prime Meats; Al di La; Lucali; Roberta's (note the pizza theme)
Hard reservation: Luger's; River Café
575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Di Fara Pizza
1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Al Di La
248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Peter Luger Steak House
178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231