Need to find a place that has excellent food (under $75/pp including tax+tip), does not require reservations, and does not involve a wait longer than 20 minutes on a Friday night around 8:30-9:30pm for a party of 2. Downtown, preferably on the west side, as we'll be heading to dinner from Chelsea after an art gallery opening.
The only places I can think of right now are Tia Pol (out because the wait would probably be over 20 minutes) and Blue Ribbon Downing St Bar (would be perfect but we go there too often).
I'd love to compile a list of such restaurants for impromptu dinner dates where one could eat well without a reservation and without having to wait forever on busy nights. Is this an impossible task? Would be happy with restaurants/bars where one can squeeze in half sitting/standing while eating like at Blue Ribbon Downing St Bar as well.
205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011