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Mar 8, 2013 03:44 PM

Carmine's Walk-In?

Hi all,

Does Carmine's accept walk-ins? Considering going with a party of 5 next Saturday after a matinee. We'd probably get there at 4:45.

Any guesses as to how long the wait normally is?


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  1. There are two Carmines....which are you planning on?

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    1. re: plf515

      sorry, should have mentioned that. times square.

      1. re: freshmanjs

        They accept walkins can be a long wait. But you are going pretty early , so shouldn't be a problem. However, if you know when you plan on going , why not make the reservation , just to be safe. If you do go to Carmines , the pasta with the meat sauce is perhaps their best dish.

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          i've been trying, but nothing available. thanks!

          1. re: freshmanjs

            Try Becco as a back up with similar but better quality food. Located in same area.

    2. The wait can be as long as two hours sometimes....but, it might help to try the $20 trick at the front desk as that always seems to free up a table. Don't miss their chicken of the great dishes in NYC!!

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      1. re: sockster

        Any restaurant that would accept a payoff to "find" a table is not worth dining at. The mere fact of accepting such a payoff speaks volumes about the kind of service and experience you should expect.

        1. re: Spiritchaser

          Wait a second- Did you ever hear of Joe's Stone Crab in Miami- They've been taking a "tip" for finding a table for as long as I can remember. And the food's pretty good there I think!

        2. re: sockster

          Really? 20 bucks bribe for a table? That's where I'll be sending out-of-town "friends" and "relatives" I hate, who keep insisting on contacting me for local Italian suggestions. I'll make sure to let them know about handing front desk guy $20 to get a table at this "Italian place" regardless of availability. Thanks for the FYI.

          1. re: sockster

            Better off taking that $20 bill and using it for a cab to go somewhere good that's not a tourist trap.

            1. re: sockster

              I totally agree about the chicken scarpariello!!!! Delish-And ignore the haters of Carmines-I am a true foodie and never pass a chance to eat there-yes it's massive food but I always love taking out of towners for pre dinner martinis (massive!!) and filling up on good old American Italian food. And the staff always so pleasant. I never had a guest complain about the food. It's such a NYC place for out of towners especially a group who you can feed without breaking the bank.

              1. re: UES Mayor

                Thank you!! I know a little about food and that chicken scarp, and now the scarp wings is amazing...too bad that when they first opened (what 25 years ago now, those large martini's were the best bargain at $6.00)!!

            2. at that hour, you should be good.

              1. dont go to carmines, its horrible

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                  1. re: RebelWithaCause

                    It's for the Bucca di beppo crowd.

                    So, it's all relative I suppose.

                1. 4:45 during matinee time can be dicey depending on the weekend, but with 5 you should assume an hour. Worth it in my opinion, 5 is a big enough group size you can try a couple of different things, which is always the best part about Carmine's!

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                  1. re: UptownEaterNyc

                    the food at carmines isnt even mediocre- its plain old bad

                      1. re: Njchicaa

                        Ok it isn't. It just plain sucks big time.