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Light supper/Tapas style dining near Lincoln Center @ 9 PM...Bar Boulud fully booked

famdoc Sep 30, 2011 08:52 AM

Suggestions?

Chances of walk-in seating at that hour at Bar Boulud (bar seating is fine)?
We are a party of three. Glass of wine and appetizers would be perfect.

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Bar Boulud
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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    peter j Sep 30, 2011 09:56 AM

    You could try the bars at Lincoln, Picholine or Boulud Sud. The bar at Telepan is also quite nice and usually not crowded.

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    Telepan
    72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

    Picholine
    35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

    Lincoln
    142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

    Boulud Sud
    20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

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    1. re: peter j
      LNG212 Sep 30, 2011 10:11 AM

      You can sit at the bar at Lincoln and order drinks and some food (not a full dinner)? DH and I wanted to do that prior to seeing Tony Bennett and we thought we couldn't so we didn't even try. Now I'm bummed. I'll have to keep that in mind for next time.

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        peter j Sep 30, 2011 10:19 AM

        I believe that if you're seated at the bar you can order from the full menu but you don't have to order a full dinner. If you're seated at one of the small cocktail tables, you can only have drinks, no food. It's probably best to call the restaurant for any changes in policy.

        1. re: peter j
          LNG212 Sep 30, 2011 10:22 AM

          Thanks for the info. Definitely something to keep in mind the next time we're there for a performance.

    2. boredough Sep 30, 2011 09:21 AM

      GastroArte (formerly Graffit) on 69th & Broadway for great tapas. You should try to get a reservation there too - ask to be in the tapas room.

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      Gastroarte
      141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

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      1. re: boredough
        JoanN Sep 30, 2011 09:54 AM

        I think you have to be in the tapas room to order tapas. Last time I was there, they didn't serve tapas in the dining room.

        1. re: boredough
          famdoc Sep 30, 2011 10:50 AM

          Wonderful suggestion. We're reserved in the tapas room.

          1. re: boredough
            famdoc Oct 1, 2011 07:11 AM

            Thanks, boerdough! Great bottle of garnacha blanca and six generous plates of tapas...all for just a hair over $100. Three happily sated diners, outstanding service. Comfortable noise level. We're now fans of gastroarte.

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              JoanN Oct 1, 2011 07:35 AM

              Tell us about the tapas. Gastroarte is across the street from me and I went a few times early on. I thought the combinations interesting on paper and the presentations are lovely, But I thought the flavors ho-hum and haven't returned recently. Perhaps they've upped their game?

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              Gastroarte
              141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

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                kathryn Oct 1, 2011 08:09 AM

                How does it compare to Mercat, Casa Mono, Txikito, Tertulia, Boqueria, etc? How would you rank it amongst the other Spanish tapas offerings in town?

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                Casa Mono
                52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

                Mercat
                45 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012

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

                Txikito
                240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

                Tertulia
                359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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                  boredough Oct 1, 2011 07:04 PM

                  Sorry but I can't compare GastroArte to the restaurants you (kathryn) mention, since it's been a while since I've been to Casa Mono, Boqueria, or Mercat, and have never been to Txikito (although it's on 'my list') or Tertulia. I must confess that I live a block from GastroArte so that gives it an extra star, but that said, we're always happy after a meal of tapas there, and find their Sangria a class above most others. Glad to hear that famdoc wasn't disappointed.

            2. JoanN Sep 30, 2011 09:03 AM

              Salumeria Rosi on Amsterdam between 73 & 74. You'll probably need a reservation, though.

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              Salumeria Rosi
              283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

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