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Need Balthazar-like recommendation for Sunday night

I'll be in NYC this weekend for a quick visit and forgot to make a reservation at Balthazar (for 3) for dinner Sunday night, and now I can't get the time my party wants (prime 8/8:30 pm). Ooops. Does anyone have suggestions for a place that is similar?

Thanks!

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  1. Look at: Pastis, Schillers, Cercle Rouge, Artisanal, Raoul's (sorta), Le Gigot, Cafe Cluny.

      1. re: UES Mayor

        It is possible to even get 8pm reservations there right now?

      2. Similar in cuisine or atmosphere, or both?

          1. re: jennympat

            What about other Keith McNally restaurants?

            Morandi
            Minetta Tavern

            1. re: ttoommyy

              Let's face it: if you can't get a reservation at Balthazar, there's NEVER going to be one available at Minetta.

              1. re: Sneakeater

                Open Table showed nothing until 10:30 pm. But there is always a chance to get a table for the time the OP wanted by calling. It never hurts to try. I was just tossing out a few options to broaden the OP's search.

                Plus, I had also forgotten it was Mother's Day.

                1. re: ttoommyy

                  Still have time to send flowers. ;)

                  1. re: Bkeats

                    Well, one reason I forgot it was Mother's Day is that my mom passed away in 1998. But it's the thought that counts! :)

                    1. re: ttoommyy

                      Sorry to hear that. Glad you took my post in stride. I've enjoyed reading the thread you started today. Keep on eating.

                      1. re: Bkeats

                        Please, there's no way you would know! No offense taken at all.

                        Thanks. I felt i just had to say something. :)

          2. Thanks for the suggestions! I decided on Le Gigot... I was there a long time ago when I lived in NYC, so I'm excited to go back!