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Last Minute Reservations this Friday and Saturday, suggestions please!

bbnyc May 9, 2013 08:43 AM

We have some guests coming in this weekend from Dallas, and we need to get a reservation for a party of four for both Friday and Saturday night.

They've been to NYC several times, and are pretty familiar with the culinary scene. I've really been wanting to try ABC Kitchen, and now also ABC Cocina, but getting a reservation is hopeless!

Below is the criteria for restaurants that would fit the bill:

1) Upscale but not stuffy or too formal (upscale casual?)
2) Energetic but relaxed (as in we could talk to one another)
3) Upbeat but not trendy
4) Local crowds
5) Ala carte - no prix fixe menus
6) Lighter fare - nothing too heavy
7) Anywhere between Midtown and the Village, or the Upper East Side

Places they've liked in the past: Public, Perry Street, Waverly Inn, Annisa, Minetta Tavern, La Bilboquette, etc.


Thank you, chowhound friends!

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    porkpa RE: bbnyc May 9, 2013 08:47 AM

    On occasion we've been able to get last minute weekend reservations to Milos.

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      porkpa RE: bbnyc May 9, 2013 08:48 AM

      On occasion we've been able to obtain weekend reservations to Milos with little advance time.

      1. Spiritchaser RE: bbnyc May 9, 2013 09:01 AM

        Maysville, just had a fantastic meal last night (will review later today). Showing some availability for Saturday

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        1. re: Spiritchaser
          NYCPA RE: Spiritchaser May 9, 2013 12:29 PM

          I second Maysville.
          Also, we had a terrific dinner at Angolo Soho a few weeks ago.
          I've found the service at ABC Kitchen to be consistently terrible at lunch time; I imagine a Friday or Saturday night would be even worse.

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          valerie RE: bbnyc May 9, 2013 09:02 AM

          Scarpetta shows 7:00 for 4 people on Friday on Open Table.

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            Riverman500 RE: bbnyc May 9, 2013 12:37 PM

            Le Philosophe
            The Marrow
            Il Buco Alimentari

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              kathryn RE: Riverman500 May 9, 2013 01:00 PM

              Le Philosophe shows only 10:15 for Friday night for 4 people, 10:30pm for Saturday night.

              Louro has 8:30pm on Friday, I'd grab that ASAP. They only have 6:30pm on Saturday night.

              The Marrow has 5:15 and 10:30 on Friday, and only 10:30 on Saturday.

              Il Buco only has 11pm for either Friday or Saturday.

              Perla does not appear to have any tables left for 4 on Friday or Saturday.

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                foodwhisperer RE: kathryn May 10, 2013 07:31 PM

                I'll second Louro. They have more openings than Open Table shows.
                Recette would be good too. Both chefs worked together in the past.

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              kathryn RE: bbnyc May 9, 2013 01:04 PM

              Babbo also tweets last minute cancellations:

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                H Manning RE: bbnyc May 9, 2013 01:21 PM

                Acme has early and late slots for Friday and Saturday.

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                  bronwen RE: bbnyc May 10, 2013 08:25 AM

                  FYI Le Bilboquet is closed

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                    DDD RE: bbnyc May 16, 2013 09:07 PM

                    I've got the same question but for this Sat anytime between 5:30 and 7:00. We're going to Babbo for lunch and Louro tomorrow night, so something a little different would be great. Same general location as the OP would work. Thanks hounds.

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                    1. re: DDD
                      kathryn RE: DDD May 17, 2013 09:01 AM

                      On Opentable for Sat 5/18, at 6pm, for 4 people I see openings at:
                      Empellon Cocina

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