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Apr 4, 2011 04:44 PM

Last minute trip

Hello -

We will be celebrating my boyfriends 40th birthday with a last minute trip to NYC this weekend. Any advice on somewhere great to take him on friday night would be greatly appreciated. I've looked around the boards already and found some great places, the problem is that I'm looking for somewhere that we can realistically get a last minute reservation for 2 - or at least not have a 2 hour wait for a table.

Cost is not an object
Would prefer to keep it in the Union Square/Village area if possible
Preferably not Italian

I haven't been to NYC in quite a while so any advice would be appreciated!

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  1. Bouley and SHO Shaun Hergatt have prime time openings on Friday night.

    If you don't mind dining at early (6 pm), then look into Corton.

    239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

    SHO Shaun Hergatt
    40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

    163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

    1. Fedora only takes reservations day-of so you might have a good shot.

      Also places that book only via phone might be worth a try.

      Kyo Ya? Degustation? I'd call ASAP.

      You can also try for a last minute cancellation at somewhere like Babbo by calling day of.

      Danny Meyer restaurants also keep a waitlist. I'd put my name in at at least one of his (EMP, Maialino, Gramercy Tavern, etc.) just in case.

      Eleven Madison Park
      11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

      Gramercy Tavern
      42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

      Kyo Ya
      94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      239 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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      1. re: kathryn

        They don't want Italian so Maialino is out. How about Union Square Cafe? Or Craft? Or Veritas?

        Bouley and SHO are both not in the Union Square/Village area

        43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

        Union Square Cafe
        21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

        43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010