I am planning a dinner for 7 in June (besides me, all from out of town) and wanted to book at Blackbird but it only has a table for 7 after 10pm on the day I am looking at. I have been to Blackbird before and loved it (I also regularly go next door to Avec) and am considering simply going to Avec instead. However getting 7 people into Avec may take awhile (if you have tried, how long did it take to get seated?).
Therefore I am looking for a place where I could make a reservation. It should be modern, minimal, and cutting edge, as good at Blackbird, both in terms of food and architecture, or at least something so different (good rustic food would also work) that it stands on its own terms. Any recs would be appreciated.