I am coming to town for a few days beginning the 14th, unfortunately (the date, not the visit). Will be meeting a friend for dinner that night and we would love a normal wonderful NY meal. I don't want to compete for a reservation and wonder what you all think the odds are of getting a spot at the bar at say, Craft or Aquavit or Veritas at 8 or 9. Is this a good strategy? Other recommendations? Thanks much.