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Carmine's Walk-In?

freshmanjs Mar 8, 2013 03:44 PM

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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    plf515 Mar 8, 2013 04:07 PM

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

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      freshmanjs Mar 8, 2013 04:16 PM

      sorry, should have mentioned that. times square.

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        foodwhisperer Mar 8, 2013 04:21 PM

        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.

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          freshmanjs Mar 8, 2013 04:26 PM

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

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            foodwhisperer Mar 8, 2013 04:49 PM

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

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              intrepid3591 Mar 11, 2013 09:42 AM


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      sockster Mar 9, 2013 05:25 AM

      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 scarpiello...one of the great dishes in NYC!!

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        Spiritchaser Mar 10, 2013 10:17 AM

        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.

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          sockster Mar 11, 2013 08:10 AM

          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!

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            RebelWithaCause Mar 11, 2013 09:43 AM

            i think we're in a manhattan board.

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          RCC Mar 10, 2013 01:46 PM

          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.

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            sugartoof Mar 12, 2013 12:24 AM

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

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              UES Mayor Mar 27, 2013 04:44 AM

              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.

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                sockster Mar 27, 2013 11:05 AM

                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)!!

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              RebelWithaCause Mar 11, 2013 06:21 AM

              at that hour, you should be good.

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                intrepid3591 Mar 11, 2013 09:41 AM

                dont go to carmines, its horrible

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                  RebelWithaCause Mar 11, 2013 11:21 AM


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                    ipsedixit Mar 11, 2013 03:03 PM

                    It's for the Bucca di beppo crowd.

                    So, it's all relative I suppose.

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                  UptownEaterNyc Mar 12, 2013 05:56 AM

                  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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                    intrepid3591 Mar 25, 2013 09:38 AM

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

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                      Njchicaa Mar 27, 2013 05:14 AM

                      No it isn't.

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                        RCC Mar 27, 2013 05:27 AM

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

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