I unexpectedly have childcare this weekend and would like to take my wife out for a (belated) anniversary celebration. Our big challenge is that we're planning for this Saturday and WITHOUT a reservation. We would like either "big name NYC" or "hot newcomer". To make it a bit easier, we can be there for first seating, like 5:30-6.
So any of those "no reservations" places we can hit up and try our luck in line?
Manhattan preferred; we're Brooklynites who want to "travel".
Money no object ( within reason..... Per Se prices no, Le Bernadin prices yes. )
No Asian ( we do that a lot ).
Romantic, atmosphere and decor would be preferred to loud and crazy.
ANYTHING will be considered.