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Two weeks out from this Saturday 12/17 I began calling restaurants for a reservation. I know, I know, its NYC but the trip is a last minute thing. It just occured to me to ask for help. We are staying at a hotel on Rivington Street between E. Houston and Delancy. No reservations to be had at Emilio's Balloto, Babbo, Nolita House or Locanda Verde. They all had some limited open seating but I don't want to drag my party of 3 (maybe 5 or 6) around to all of those places at 7pm and not get in any.

I was generally thinking Italian but not completely adverse to another cuisine. Can anyone recommend a restaurant in the SoHo or Nolita or NYU area where you think I can get a reservation but the food would be great?

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  1. send one person to each resto and text eachother as to who gets a table then jet over and enjoy!

    1. I think you will have to settle for what is available. Asking for a res at a top notch Italian place on a Saturday night at 7 a week before you want to go In a trendy neighborhood and not having to wait a long time is a tough one. My suggestion is to look at opentable for the areas and time you want and see what comes up or get a snack and eat later.

      1. First, if you plan on making a reservation, you better figure out if you're going to be a party of 3, 5, or 6 ASAP. There may be openings for 3-tops but not 6-tops, and if you book a 6-top and only show up with three the restaurant is gonna be plenty pissed, especially on a Saturday night.

        Have you checked Opentable.com? Easy way to see what's available. Right now I see 6-tops at (or around) 7:00 next Saturday at a few decent places:

        10 Downing Food & Wine
        Sorella
        Rayuela
        Vandaag
        The Monday Room (the lounge annex to Public, where you can order many things off the Public menu)

        ...and a few others if you're not married to 7:00 - Hearth is excellent and has a 9PM opening.

        If there are only 3 of you (or 4, I guess - three would be seated at a four-top) you could add:

        David Burke Kitchen
        Hearth (at 7:00)
        JoeDoe
        Public (main dining room)
        Soto

        ....all of which would provide a good, fun meal.

        If there's six of you, make a reservation somewhere, or head down to Chinatown, which isn't very far from your hotel and we (or at least I) could provide all kinds of good options for.

        If there's three of you and you can't make a res, I'd say go to either:

        WD-50 - open seating in the bar area, usually doesn't fill up until 8:00 or so, so you'd be relatively safe. if it fills up, it might not be TOO long a wait - hard to say. They might even be willing to take your number, you can go chill back at the hotel until something opens.

        Momofuku Ssam Bar - for 3 people there'll be a wait, but not a ridiculous one. Maybe a half-hour on the outside.

        Babbo - if you're willing to dine earlier, like 5:00 - 5:30 or so. Have someone stake out the line around 4:00 and the other two can meet them at 5:00.

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        WD-50
        50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

        Soto
        357 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014

        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Momofuku Ssam Bar
        207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Hearth
        403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

        Rayuela
        165 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

        Public
        210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

        The Monday Room
        210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

        JoeDoe
        45 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003

        10 Downing
        10 Downing Street, New York, NY 10014

        Sorella
        95 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

        Vandaag
        103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        David Burke Kitchen
        23 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: sgordon

          Agree with sgordon - dine earlier or much later. Bettre chance of getting in then. If you're open to non-Italian suggestions, Momofuku is a great experience. Would also recommend you take a look at Robataya and Annisa not too far away from your hotel - both excellent in different ways. Robataya is casual and fun, Annisa is finer dining (with Michelin star). Also, Chikalicious for desserts is great, but you will likely have to wait to get in.

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          Momofuku Ssam Bar
          207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Annisa
          13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

          ChikaLicious
          203 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

          Robataya NY
          231 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: DeniseB

            +1 for both Annisa and Chikalicious. Both are excellent.

            1. re: SamanthaNYC

              Chikalicious has god dessert. I thought the OP wanted Italian food.
              Anyway, Osteria Morini is the place i would recommend in SOHO/NOLITA area. They have the best lasagna I've had in a restaurant in the U.S.

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              ChikaLicious
              203 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

              Osteria Morini
              218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

        2. I don't have specific places in mind, but I would concur that being flexible with your time would help, and check for last-minute cancellations on the day of, especially if it's party of 3. Have a back-up res, of course, but I've had pretty good luck calling on the day of at popular places.

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          1. re: uwsister

            Thanks all, this was very helpful and I will use the OpenTable idea for sure. Just wanted the names of some other places in my pocket. I am dealing with 20-somethings who will grace me with their presence for dinner on my dime but at the last minute if they don't find something better to do.