Tough-to-get-into-at-night restaurants that are easier during lunch time
I thought it might be interesting to compile a list of restaurants that are very difficult to get into at night (either hard-to-come-by reservations and/or long lines) that are open and relatively easy (or at least easier) to get into at lunch time. I'll get us started, but I'd appreciate others' input.
Mission Chinese (temporarily closed)
Ooh, great topic.
Weekday lunch at popular places downtown is usually quiet, especially compared to dinner.
Pearl Oyster Bar (weekdays only)
Spotted Pig (on weekdays, weekend brunch can be long)
Ippudo (EV location, weekday)
Momofuku Noodle or Ssam Bar
EMP. I was looking at reservations and nothing was available for the 28 day window for dinner but there were many lunch reservations available.
There's not that many places that are hard to get in for lunch. Maybe on short notice during prime time for a place with a small dining room, say at Jean Georges, but even then, it's more easy than not.
I'd say it's harder to find a place that is exceptionally hard to get into for lunch.