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visiting NYC - question about reservations, and itinerary check

twinkienic | May 12, 2012 02:08 AM

Hello! My husband and I are visiting NYC in mid-June from Vancouver. It's been great fun (if a bit overwhelming) figuring out places we want to eat. It'd be nice if we could keep things fairly flexible and decide last minute based on cravings and location, but I know that there are a lot of places that need advanced reservation.

We already have reservations at:
Locanda Verde for brunch
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
I plan to get reservations for lunch at EMP

Do these places need reservations and, if so, how far in advance do we need to book (for a weeknight)?
Spotted Pig
Kin Shop or Perilla (I haven't decided which I prefer yet)
a mid-price Batali (Lupa vs Otto - haven't decided yet)

Places we assume don't need reservations (but please correct me if I'm wrong):
Russ & Daughters
Xi'an Famous Foods
Katz's Deli
Pizza places: John's vs Artichoke vs Motorino vs Keste

Additional questions:
Any suggestions for good izakayas and ramen? We have a pretty good scene in Vancouver but my understanding is the NYC scene is even better. I was thinking of checking out Momofuku Noodle Bar but would I be better off going somewhere more traditional for ramen?

Thanks for your input!

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