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

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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!!

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

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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/

    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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    Millesime
    92 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

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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.

      http://www.txikitonyc.com/menus/dinne...

      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.

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      Boqueria
      53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

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

      Lombardi's
      32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      Fedora
      239 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

      Txikito
      240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

      Artichoke
      111 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

      1. 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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          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.

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

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          1. re: goldrush
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            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.

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            chopjwu12 Jun 2, 2011 05:30 PM

            Hotel griffou will take care of you.

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              rrems Jun 2, 2011 05:32 PM

              Some ideas%3

              Nuela

              Le Pescadeux

              Toloache

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

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              Toloache
              251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

              Le Pescadeux
              90 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

              Nuela
              43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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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...

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                Malatesta
                649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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

                Boqueria
                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
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                  kathryn Jun 2, 2011 06:56 PM

                  Tia Pol takes reservations:
                  http://tiapol.com/reservations.html

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

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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.

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                  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?

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                      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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