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barryg Dec 18, 2013 08:42 PM

Hi all,

I'm taking my fiancee for a Saturday night out to the theater, and would like to treat her to a really nice meal afterwards. Our show starts at 8:00pm and runs two and a half hours, so realistically we need a 11pm reservation. I've looked at many of the well known upscale restaurants and most seem to close at 11.

For reference, I really liked the look of Gotham Bar & Grill -- menu, atmosphere, and price point.

It doesn't have to be near the theaters, cab ride is fine as long we stay in Manhattan. What are my options?

  1. ipsedixit Dec 18, 2013 08:59 PM

    Marea closes at 11:30 on Saturdays.

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      barryg Dec 18, 2013 09:05 PM

      Thanks. My fiancee isn't into seafood so unfortunately this isn't a great option for us.

      A general question though, if we sit at 11pm a place like Marea that closes at 11:30pm, do you think the service will be rushed?

    2. k
      kathryn Dec 18, 2013 09:12 PM

      Did you check OpenTable already? When is the meal?

      Looking for two at 11pm this Saturday, I see Bouley, Del Posto, Jean Georges when I filtered by price ($$$$) as an example. And 10:45pm at Ai Fiori.

      Is Babbo too casual for your purposes?

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      1. re: kathryn
        barryg Dec 18, 2013 09:21 PM

        Thanks, that would have been too easy.

        I do now see a seating for Gotham at 11pm so I'm going to book that.

        My question then is: will I be rushed by taking the last seating?

        1. re: barryg
          Spiritchaser Dec 20, 2013 04:30 AM

          In our experiences with the better restaurants of NYC there is no down turn in the level of service as their "closing time" approaches. Additionally; since it's the Holiday season, I'm sure they are even more prepared for people wanting to take their time dining.

          1. re: barryg
            sgordon Dec 20, 2013 07:47 AM

            I've personally found that the last seating is the -least- rushed, since they're not waiting to turn the table. I've had 11PM dinners that have dawdled on until nearly 2 on a few occasions. Heck, one time we were the last seating at EMP and we didn't leave until almost 3AM, and there were still eight to ten other diners lounging around drinking brandy when we left.

            What theater will you be at? Booking somewhere close could be your best bet.

        2. b
          Blumie Dec 18, 2013 10:29 PM

          Minetta Tavern.

          1. Ttrockwood Dec 19, 2013 04:41 PM

            Blue ribbon on spring st is open til 4am, but they don't take res for two.

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            1. re: Ttrockwood
              villainx Dec 19, 2013 05:15 PM

              I would say, if getting prompt seating is important, avoid Blue Ribbon at all cost.

              Of course, the last time I was at Blue Ribbon was in the early 2000s, when it was a chef scene late night hot spot, no idea if it still is.

              1. re: villainx
                shoeman Dec 23, 2013 10:00 AM

                I ate at Blue Ribbon last month. There was a wait at midnight. But it went fast.

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