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Saturday night with no reservations..where do you go that doesnt blow the bank?

Heading to NYC this weekend for the first time...I have tons of restaurants on my to eat at list and reservations at Babbo and Sushi Yasuda for Thur/Fri nights but alas nothing for Saturday. Thinking about heading out for tapas (Boqueria) and then a late night slice (Artichoke or Lombardi's), but curious if anyone has any recommendations for a place my boyfriend and I could actually get a table at on Saturday.

Looking for a loud place with great food and drink to be had. Preferably not meat centric as my BF is pescetarian. Thanks!!

110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Sushi Yasuda
204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

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  1. Millesime is a fish/seafood-centric French brasserie. Delicious food, good service, and attractive decor. The dining room is on the second level. In the downstairs bar/lounge, there is live band music which is so LOUD, it can be heard upstairs. A quick check of OpenTable shows availability in the dining room for this Saturday. You can also eat in the lounge.

    Millesime photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...


    92 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

    1. I would actually call or email Txikito for a reservation as I find their tapas to be slightly better than Boqueria and unlike Boqueria, they take reservations. But because they're NOT on OpenTable and only started taking reservations a little while ago, it's fairly easy to get in. There's plenty of fish and shellfish dishes on the menu as well.


      Additionally, Fedora only takes same day reservations so you might get lucky there. But it might be a bit too meat centric for you guys.

      BTW, Lombardi's only does whole pies, not slices. For a slice joint I would recommend Joe's. Actually there's a Greenwich Village Artichoke nearby Joe's, so you could actually hit up both.

      53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

      Joe's Pizza
      7 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

      32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      239 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

      240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

      111 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

      1. if you do not have a rez for boqueria on a SAt night be prepared to wait an hour for a seat

        1. John Dory Oyster Bar. You can get a couple of small plates that pack a lot of flavor. And they also have a great seasonal cocktail menu. Loud and good vibe. Def check it out.

          The John Dory Oyster Bar
          1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

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          1. re: goldrush

            The John Dory only takes reservations for guests of the Ace Hotel where it is located. The OP was searching for "a place my boyfriend and I could actually get a table at on Saturday" I thought.

          2. Hotel griffou will take care of you.

            1. Some ideas%3


              Le Pescadeux


              These are showing plenty of availability on Opentable for Saturday, but it would be a good idea to reserve to avoid a wait.

              251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

              Le Pescadeux
              90 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

              43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

              1. -- on a warm summer eve, Malatesta is one of my fav no-reservations, won't-blow-the-bank places to sit outside and enjoy calamari salad, pasta, etc...it's not loud though, unless you count the passersby and traffic...it's neighborhood rustic, but an outdoor meal there followed by a louder place for after-dinner drinks it might work for you...(and it's so reasonable that you'll feel fine getting 15 dollar cocktails elsewhere afterwards...

                -- for tapas, i prefer Tia Pol to Boqueria...i didn't care for Boqueria much at all the two times i went...not sure the reservations/wait situation though, and it might be hard on a Saturday...

                -- i recommend Kin Shop...you'd have to go there and put your name down for a bar/kitchen-counter seat, but you can go down the street and call you when your seats are ready...delicious Thai-inspired NY food and fun vibe...lots of seafood/veggie options...really good bartender who will make all sorts of concoctions...yup: i think you should go to Kin Shop and then go somewhere like Weather Up Tribeca for drinks after...

                649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

                Tia Pol
                205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

                Kin Shop
                469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                Weather Up
                159 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

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                1. re: Simon

                  Tia Pol takes reservations:

                  Tia Pol
                  205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                2. Check out The Beagle (www.TheBeagleNYC.com). They just opened in early May and their food is incredible. It's Avenue A btwn 10 and 11.

                  The Beagle
                  162 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

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                  1. re: HautBailly

                    Great looking menu. Which of the pairings do you recommend?

                    1. re: Windy

                      I love the foie gras and pineau de charantes and the burrata and gin pairing boards. One of my dining companions was moaning about the lambs neck and rye so I have a feeling you really can't go wrong here.