Nearly 80 years have passed since Minetta Tavern first opened its doors, yet scoring a prime time reservation there remains as difficult as ever. So what is one to do when savoring their legendary côte de boeuf or much touted Black Label burger is but a dream? Here's our guide to eating well within walking distance of the legendary restaurant.
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Taverna Kyclades is the easier-to-get-into Rao's of Astoria's Greek restaurant scene. You'll find some good grilled fish there, but the real draw is the clubby community that leads to two hour waits for a table on peak nights. Fortunately, if you're looking for good traditional Greek, Kyclades is far from your only option.
Where should you go when always-popular RedFarm is too busy? We have some suggestions.
Brooklyn favorite Battersby has been drawing long waits since it opened two years ago. Here are some more spots for good eating in the neigborhood—or good drinking while you wait out your table.
All good things come at a price, and for Il Buco Alimenti e Vineria, that means potential for a long wait at dinner. Where should you go if you can't wait out your meal? The neighborhood is full of Italian alternatives.
So what happens when you've trekked across the city to Roberta's only to find an unbearable wait? Bushwick's rapidly expanding restaurant scene has you covered.
17 years after opening, Balthazar hasn't changed much—not its food, scene, or crowds. So where should you go when a visit is stymied by a long wait? Take a look around you—there's plenty of good food close by.
With a menu that's equally suited to cheap, casual meals and big celebratory experiences, Talde's kept a crowd of regulars and newcomers lining up at the door since it opened two years ago. Should you arrive only to find a two hour wait for a table, Park Slope has you covered.
A decade after opening, the crowds still line up for David Chang's Momofuku Noodle Bar. Stuck with a long wait and need an easy-to-get-into, low-key alternatives nearby? Here are some recommendations.
Wildly popular Williamsburg restaurant St. Anselm gets legendary waits for a reason, but that doesn't help you when you come by for dinner and are quoted a two hour wait for your table. So where should you go instead? Here are some lower-key restaurant alternatives and bars to tide you over while you wait.
Where do you go when April Bloomfield's deservedly popular gastropub quotes a wait longer than an hour? Here are some alternatives nearby.