No surprise here, just frustrating. My husband and I are visiting New York for all of 2 nights at a last minute opportunity next Saturday Aug 9th. Though I didn't entertain a lot of hope in getting in anywhere renowned once I started looking on this board I decided I did want to eat at the places I can't get into!!
We've been to NYC before and previously dined at Le Cirque, Gotham, Aquavit, Artisanal, Lupa and Nobu. This time I wanted Babbo (yes I know a weeks notice!) and finally got through to the reservationist who suggested we try the day before for cancellations. Question 1 - Should I even bother to hope there will be a cancellation? We have managed to make a reservation at Gramercy Tavern for 10.30pm (which isn't as bad as it sounds as we are coming from Hong Kong and it will 10.30am our time). Question 2 - will there be anyone left in the dining room by this stage or will everyone be heading out? Question 3 - should we try a walk in for the Tavern as opposed to the dining room and will 8.30/9pm be too late to snag table?
I also tried to call Lupa but their earliest is 10.30pm... and Union Square Cafe who can offer 9.45pm.
Question 4 - Can anyone suggest another restaurant with good food, atmosphere, (similar calibre to the ones above) location doesn't matter, that we can get into for Saturday night! Also was thinking of trying Bar Boulud but I haven't read many positive things about it....can anyone share? Many thanks.