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We're going to a show at the Bowery tonight (6 Delancey Street). What's the best option for some preshow food? We don't have a reservation, so it'd have to be someplace casual, I guess. Can we still get to someplace delicious?

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  1. Freemans. It's on Rivington, down a little alley. Great food, great atmosphere. You could also look into Little Giant, on Orchard.

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    Freemans
    Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002

    Little Giant
    85 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

    1. Freemans is great, but it'll likely be mobbed on a Friday night. My suggestions:

      La Esquina: either quick tacos upstairs or, if they have some seats available, in one of the two dining rooms.

      Congee Bowery: though it may take a bit of time to go through the 800-some-odd item menu, they do serviceable (if nothing out of the ordinary) Chinese food. Easy to do on the cheap, too, if you don't want to spend a lot.

      If you want to make a reservation somewhere just to be sure, Opentable lists available 2-tops (maybe 4- or more-tops if you need) at 5:30/6:00 at a few decent places in the area:
      Balaboosta
      Double Crown
      Gentleman Farmer
      Peasant
      Public
      ...and the aforementioned Little Giant

      Mind you, just 'cause there are open tables now - even if you see a lot of them listed - doesn't mean there will be if you try to walk in later. Friday nights, restos in that area tend to fill up VERY quickly. Might be good to put a thumb on one of those tables before they all get gobbled up.

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      Little Giant
      85 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

      Congee Bowery
      207 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

      La Esquina
      106 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

      Peasant
      194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

      Public
      210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

      Double Crown
      316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

      Balaboosta
      214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

      Gentleman Farmer
      40 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

      1. Love the food and ambiance at Double Crown, but it, too, will likely be mobbed this evening.

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        Double Crown
        316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: ChefJune

          Thanks everybody... we were able to get a table at Public, so we're going to give that a try.

          1. re: TheMightyPat

            Public is one of my favorites; I only didn't initially suggest it because I wasn't sure what their availability was like. Hope you enjoy it.