Since my friends and I are very spontaneous people, reservations for good food aren't as common as we like. We do love places where we can get same day reservations, walk in and get a table after a 15 minute wait, et cetera. However, many times we've been forced to walk into the nearest pizzeria or overpriced bad restaurant if only because the waits at normal spots are too long. Because of this, I'd thought this would be a great idea for a topic, but if it's been done before I apologize much.
My standards to make this list are:
Short ~30 minute waits. Shorter is better. This goes for peak dining times as well, and fridays and saturdays are included. Late dining or early dining is never a problem, anyway.
same day reservations during normal dining times are possible. I like places I can call around lunch and make reservations for 7-9 ish.
And the final, most important thing: FOOD MUST BE GOOD. It would defeat the purpose of this thread if I were to ask "what place can I walk into that serves something edible?" Edible is not up to par.
More restrictions than this, and I think i'd miss some places that I would never have thought of going to. Please contribute your best! Write up a sentence or 2 about the restaurant so I can get a feel for it, please.
To start this list off...
I've always had luck with same day reservations at Otto. Overrated, yea yea, but damn I love that lardo and olive oil gelato. Surprisingly, my waits have been at the 30-45 minute mark for 2 at spotted pig recently. Weekdays only, however. And not to forget Tigerland, in the LES. Incredible banh xeo, best I've ever had, incredible clarity of flavor accross the board, and big and plentiful fresh shrimp in the clay pot noodles- awesome for under $25/PP, and to my understanding it's mostly(or fully) organic.