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Torrisi strategy?

My wife and I are planning to go to Torrisi on Monday night, but need a bit of help with timing and strategy.

Here's the deal: I can arrive as early as need be to get in line. But she can't be there until 6:15 or 6:30.

So if I get in line early enough for the first seating at 6, she won't have arrived yet. I guess we want to aim for getting seated in the second round (8:30 maybe?). So, what's the best way to execute this dinner given our timing?

Torrisi Italian Specialties
250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. If I recall correctly, when putting your name down at 5:45pm, you can choose if there is a specific seating you want.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Oh, that sounds great. Do you know how early you need to be in line to have your choice of seatings?

      1. I usually show up at Torrisi at 6:30 and there's no line or wait to get a table. The place starts filling up around 7:00 pm.

        1. i avoided this place for a year before trying it recently. went at 5:30...waited 3 minutes on line and got a 7:45 reservation for 2.

          the food was okay to good...particularly a linguine with shishito peppers and clams and a great piece of duck.

          but the service, the crowd, the schtick turned me off completely. everything felt cheap...particularly when they poured me a glass of table wine. im sure they couldve found a $8 bottle of red that didnt have it visibly labeled for the diner.

          i wont go again. i left feeling like i had an okay meal but did not find any sort of value or quality in the food being served.

          1. I have been there twice recently.
            Here is the drill:
            1. They open at 6 for dinner.
            2.They come out at 5:30 and start taking names.
            3. There will be a long line waiting at 5:30. If you get there at 5:30 you probably can't get a 6 PM seating.
            4. Try to have one person get there before 5:15 if you want a 6 PM seating.
            5. The second seating is at 7:45. You get that reservation if you are there at 5:30.
            6. They have a $25 wine pairing and pour generously. It was great the first time and good the second time.
            7. If you are driving, you can park legally in front of the restauarant at 6 PM. Someone has to sit in the car until 6 if you are showing up earlier to get in line.

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            1. re: RichardMW


              Any idea if your strategies would also work for a party of 4 on a Friday night'? Which seating generally becomes booked up first? The 745 or the 6?

              1. re: Rich D.

                I was not there on a Friday or weekend night and don't know for certain what happens then.

                Other days, the 6 PM seating gets booked first.

            2. Torrisi strategies might not work this week, due to the Feast.

              1. Ok. As they've gotten so many publicity, it has gotten more competitive to get a table at Torrisi. It used to be 5:45pm when someone comes out and take your name. But, they changed it to 5:30pm a few months ago. If you want a table for sure you should be in line 5pm. Some ppl are there already at 5pm. Having said that, it really depends on the day too. The seating is 6pm, 7:45pm and 9:30pm. If your wife can't make it to 6:15pm, you should get a table at 7:45pm, but that's the most popular time. I'd always be there 5:10pm latest just to make sure.

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                1. re: thebirdie

                  What would you suggest during the week if you want to get the 6pm seating and are a solo diner?

                  I assume that a table for 1 during the week would be much easier to get.

                  1. re: steakrules85

                    I don't think so. Because solo diner is very rare and restaurants usually don't plan the tables just for solo diners. It's the same deal. They became so popular, at this point, now matter what time the seating is and the number of the party, I'd suggest you line up at 5pm. Maybe weekday is a bit easier, but I won't count on that. You'd be surprised.

                    1. re: steakrules85

                      You might get lucky.
                      They have a seating for 3 at a counter near the front window.
                      When we, as a party of 2, were there, they placed us at that location.
                      That left room for a single individual who arrived aroun 6:30 and was seated there.

                      Since parties of 3 are also rare, they may seat 2 separate sets of people at that location.

                      I can speculate that if you get on line early, around 5 to 5:15, they may seat you there if they don't have a group of 3 people ahead of you.