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Feeling spendy (French) and no reservations

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Feeling spendy (French) and no reservations

MB fka MB | Feb 26, 2009 04:08 PM

(Another question from a previous post of mine.) My best friend is coming to town tomorrow and we're looking to have a rock star meal. Problem is, no reservations. Nor do we actually like to make reservations. (I know, I know - pain in the neck!)

We're going to pass by Le Bernardin on the early side to see if we get lucky with timing for seats at the bar (I didn't realize it was so small). If not, where else should we try? Preferably somewhere high end with a sizable bar or a place that is known to hold a few tables for walk-ins. What about Bar Boulud? Is the bar at the London big? We really just want a bottle of champagne and a couple courses and to enjoy some really great service.

Bonus question: we're going to be in the LES on Saturday, open to recommendations for lunch and/or an early dinner/nosh. Thinking Degustation or maybe the Ssam bar or one of the speakeasy-ish places.

We'll probably do brunch at No. 7 in Fort Greene on Sunday (it's in my 'hood). Though might consider brunch in the city...

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