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What's the Longest Anyone Has Ever Had to Wait to be Seated at a Restaurant in Queens?

Glendale is hungry Mar 16, 2012 01:20 PM

Some time back when I ate at M. Wells (then on Hunter's Point Avenue), my friends and I waited about 20 minutes to be seated. It was a Saturday fairly close to lunch time. That's the longest waiting time I can recall for getting a seat at any place in Queens.

If you reply, please tell what restaurant you were at, the day and time and how long you waited to be seated.



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  1. p
    Pookipichu Mar 16, 2012 01:40 PM

    Don't remember the date but lines at M. Wells were as long as 2 hours. Recently Salt and Fat was 1.5 hour wait for two on a Saturday evening, 7:30ish.

    M. Wells Diner
    21-17 49th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

    Salt & Fat
    41-16 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

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      Daniel76 Mar 17, 2012 05:07 AM

      yeh, those Greek Place on a Friday, Saturday night in Astoria.. There can be 2 hour waits.. Also, Trattoria L'Incontro has nice waits..

      Trattoria L'Incontro
      21-76 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

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      1. re: Daniel76
        Daniel76 Mar 17, 2012 05:08 AM

        Also, Imperial Palace, in Flushing.. We have waited an hour on a saturday night. and then there are the dim sum places.. The Korean spots in Murray Hill.. I have waited at mapo and the place where all the kids go to eat that live octopus.. There are a few korean spots which are hard to get into on a saturday.

        Imperial Palace
        136-13 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

        Mapo BBQ
        149-24 41st Ave, Queens, NY 11355

        Sik Gaek
        161-29 Crocheron Ave, Queens, NY 11358

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        tex.s.toast Mar 17, 2012 05:51 AM

        Sripraphai on a weekend, when the garden is closed, can exceed an hour easily.

        64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

        1. EricMM Mar 17, 2012 08:43 AM

          Thanks for all these warnings. I don't care how good the food is at a restaurant. Life is too short for me to wait longer than the time I would actually spend eating and relaxing. There are so many good restaurants out there that I am far more interested in the places that don't make me wait an unreasonable amount of time.

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          1. re: EricMM
            Glendale is hungry Mar 17, 2012 03:17 PM

            Hi EricMM,

            I was actually surprised at some of the responses here.

            I guess I've been comparatively lucky with regard to wait times since I'm almost always an early bird. Perhaps the way to reduce wait times is to pretend you live in Salt Lake City and plan accordingly.


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            katzimmer Mar 19, 2012 07:51 AM

            Taverna Kyclades was a 90-minute wait on a Saturday night, and the people in the line in front of me advised that it would probably be longer...so we went to Opa! Opa! instead. I...sort of wish I'd waited for Kyclades.

            Taverna Kyclades
            3307 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

            Opa Souvlaki
            28-44 31st St, Queens, NY 11102

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            1. re: katzimmer
              Pookipichu Mar 19, 2012 10:22 AM

              You didn't miss anything, after giving it 3 chances to win me over, I will never go back to Kyclades. The food and service at Stamatis and Agnanti are both better.

              19-06 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

              29-09 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105

              Taverna Kyclades
              3307 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

              1. re: katzimmer
                Mr Porkchop Mar 19, 2012 03:38 PM

                My longest wait had to be M. Wells, or Taverna Kyclades. Only other place I can ever recall waiting any significant time is Agnanti.

                As for the surviving members of that group, neither wait was that bad. For Kyclades, as I recall they seemed willing to call you when your table came up, and the Friday night we went, it ended up being a shorter wait than what was quoted (those some old Greek guys did try and jack our table). We just spent 45 minutes in a nearby bar.

                For Agnanti, the Friday night wait wasn't bad (maybe a half hour?), they were gracious, or maybe I'll forgive anyone that gives me a free glass of wine while I wait.

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