I am going to be in NYC June 1-3, and getting ready to call first thing in the morning to get a reservation for Friday June 1. I would need a table for 3, and I wonder what I will do if I am not successful in getting a reservation. The other nites of our trip are tied up, though I may call and move things around if needed so maybe I will call on the 2nd also and hope someone takes pity on me. I have noticed that some posts suggest coming in early and getting a seat at the bar - are there several small tables in the bar area where all 3 of us could sit and order the full menu, or would we be trying to grab 3 seats in a row at a long bar (which would make it hard for conversation). Also if I decide to wait on the street before the restaurant opens, is there usually a line of folks trying to do the same thing? How long before opening time should I plan to get there? Will they have a few walk in tables available on the weeked?
Finally, if I cannot get into Babbo I would love to go to another Italian restaurant, and am leaning towards Lupa as Del Posto seems a little stuffy and though LImperio seems to have many fans on the board, I own so many Mario Batali cookbooks I feel I should try one of his restaurants. Any thoughts?