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Need Balthazar-like recommendation for Sunday night

jennympat May 9, 2013 04:49 PM

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?


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    thegforceny May 9, 2013 04:52 PM

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

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      UES Mayor May 10, 2013 04:12 AM

      Lafayette-newly open

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      1. re: UES Mayor
        kathryn May 10, 2013 08:15 AM

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

      2. ttoommyy May 10, 2013 06:52 AM

        Similar in cuisine or atmosphere, or both?

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          jennympat May 10, 2013 07:24 AM

          ttoommyy - both!

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          1. re: jennympat
            ttoommyy May 10, 2013 08:56 AM

            What about other Keith McNally restaurants?

            Minetta Tavern

            1. re: ttoommyy
              Sneakeater May 10, 2013 09:05 AM

              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
                ttoommyy May 10, 2013 10:29 AM

                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
                  Bkeats May 10, 2013 12:07 PM

                  Still have time to send flowers. ;)

                  1. re: Bkeats
                    ttoommyy May 10, 2013 12:59 PM

                    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
                      Bkeats May 10, 2013 01:52 PM

                      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
                        ttoommyy May 10, 2013 05:52 PM

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

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

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            jennympat May 10, 2013 09:22 AM

            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!

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              Bkeats May 10, 2013 09:35 AM

              How about Calliope?


              Problem is Mother's Day will make getting a reso any place nice tough.

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                Riverman500 May 10, 2013 12:13 PM

                I wasn't thrilled with food at Le Gigot on a recent visit. How about Artisanal or Cafe Luxembourg?

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