Is it just me?
Does this happen to anyone else: you and friends decide to go out to dinner, and someone says: where shall we go and you are all totally blank (or else anything you can think of either doesn't take reservations and is known for long waits or is fully booked). Not talking about anything special or fancy, just let's go out to eat. Millions of restaurants in NYC and I am frequently totally stumped. Do any of you have a system for helping you think of where to go? Share, pl.
Glad to have all of this company. The last time this happened I went to Open Table and was happy to discover that Wong is no longer an impossible table to get. Went there last night. Very happy - restaurant was nearly empty. I guess summer Monday. I guess you just have to rethink.
Never happens to me. :)
1. Keep a text file or something (could be a draft email or in your phone's notes app) of places you'd like to go
2. Open up OpenTable and see who is willing to take a reservation 15-30 minutes in advance
3. Open up Yelp or Menupages, hit locate, and scroll the list for ideas
4. There's also apps from the NYTimes (The Scoop), Immaculate Infatuation, etc.
5. Open up Foursquare, hit Explore, see what comes up based upon your friends list...
Depends on the neighborhood and your friends' tastes, but most good midpriced Asian restaurants don't have much of a wait. Notable exceptions: Danji, Yakitori Totto, Momofuku Ssam Bar
Newly opened restaurants usually don't have much of a wait - e.g. Yunnan Kitchen. The lounge at Junoon can usually accommodate a group on short notice.
For Italian, try Lincoln after 9:30. Or Marea at the bar.
Ask your friends what kind of food they're in a mood to eat and in what part of town. That narrows things down. If you need to, ask people what they're willing to spend. These are exactly the kinds of questions I and other hounds ask people who post questions like "Where to eat in New York?"