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

rararachel Jun 1, 2011 08:25 PM

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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    HautBailly Jun 2, 2011 10:12 PM

    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
      Windy Jun 3, 2011 04:43 PM

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

      1. re: Windy
        HautBailly Jun 3, 2011 11:49 PM

        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.

        1. re: HautBailly
          Windy Jun 4, 2011 12:32 AM

          Sounds fantastic, thanks.

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      Simon Jun 2, 2011 06:46 PM

      -- 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
        kathryn Jun 2, 2011 06:56 PM

        Tia Pol takes reservations:

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

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        rrems Jun 2, 2011 05:32 PM

        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

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          chopjwu12 Jun 2, 2011 05:30 PM

          Hotel griffou will take care of you.

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            goldrush Jun 2, 2011 04:09 PM

            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
              kathryn Jun 2, 2011 06:27 PM

              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. thew Jun 2, 2011 06:52 AM

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

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                kathryn Jun 2, 2011 06:47 AM

                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

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                  RGR Jun 2, 2011 12:04 AM

                  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@N03/sets/72157625752088978/


                  92 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

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