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Bunch of questions—RE: Babbo Res, Gramercy Tavern, Aldea, Annisa, EMP, Saxon + Parole

bte576 | Jun 7, 201210:58 AM

Quick Background—Traveling with my husband and we’ve both only visited in NYC once, but not recently so I’m really starting at square one when it comes to dining in your city. After some research, these are my lingering questions.

--I will be looking for a Thursday night res. in late July at Babbo and will call a month in advance at 10...am I likely to still have an issue getting a reservation if we are flexible with time? (Not sure if this is hard to book period or just without much advance notice.)

---Tavern in Gramercy Tavern: Any experience with doing the set menu with Pairings? This sounds like something we would enjoy. Is the Tavern mostly bar seating or tables? With no reservations, how difficult is it to get in on the weekend?

--Both Aldea and Annisa interest me for dinner. (Specifically because I want to consider some fine dining options other than French, Italian, or contemporary American.) Is one clearly the better restaurant? And to complicate things, I do have my eye on Tocqueville which would probably be the other contender for this night’s dinner.

--I would LOVE to do EMP for a 4-course lunch, but I am struggling with fitting those 3 hours into our short trip itinerary. Assuming we drink responsibly, from your experience is this is the kind of lunch that makes you want to take a nap afterwards or do you just leave comfortably full and happy? If that even makes sense?!? My only experiences with multi-course fine dining have been at dinner and when I think about my two favorite spots at home, we’ve almost always gone out for drinks after eating at one, but seem to be exhausted after a meal at the other.

--Looking at Saxon + Parole for a Saturday brunch. Anyone thoughts on their brunch and if we should expect long waits for a table? I think I’ve only seen mentions for its dinner.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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