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Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

They may well have changed their minds about what to put on Open Table; it's also possible they hadn't originally offered everything they intended.

But there's zero evidence (other than the strange conversation) that they've been holding back tables for VIPs, especially since--as observed earlier--6.30-8 is precisely not the VIP slot. That would be more like 8-10.

about 20 hours ago
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

More interestingly, I just looked beyond next week, and they're not holding back the 7pm slot after all--even on Saturdays. I'm sorry about your experience, but I'm not finding confirmation of what the receptionist told you their policy was. (Open Table inventory is the bare minimum of what a restaurant makes available.)

Monday, September 14, 2015
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM7:00 PM8:30 PM
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM
Thursday, September 17, 2015
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM7:00 PM8:00 PM
Friday, September 18, 2015
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM7:00 PM8:00 PM
Saturday, September 19, 2015
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM7:00 PM8:00 PM
Monday, September 21, 2015

about 22 hours ago
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

They're not holding back their Saturday night inventory.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM

I understand this may not be the Saturday you wanted; I'm just commenting that it's not their policy to hold back Saturday inventory from Open Table other than the 7 and 7.30pm slots.

about 22 hours ago
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

It looks like they're holding 7 and 7.30 back from Open Table (not 6.30). But it's not exactly hard to get a table.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM
Thursday, September 3, 2015
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM
Thursday, September 10, 2015
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM
Friday, September 11, 2015
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM8:00 PM

Sep 01, 2015
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

I just cannot imagine that the restaurant considers 6.30 rather than 8.00 to be prime time seating.

Sep 01, 2015
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Bites on/near Broadway for and end-to-end walk

I did the same walk a few years ago, and stopped at Restaurant Margot (159/160 and Broadway) rather than Malecon. But the general idea is a good one.

Aug 28, 2015
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Sammy's Roumanian

No, it's worse than that.

Aug 27, 2015
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Sammy's Roumanian

It's certainly not about the food, decor, or service. Have fun.

Aug 26, 2015
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Sammy's Roumanian

They still have some of that steak.

Aug 26, 2015
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Special occasion dinner recommendation

Well this chef has only been running the kitchen a little over a year, so it's a useful tip. I've heard good things too.

Aug 06, 2015
Wilfrid in Manhattan

The newly opened Gabriel Kreuther

I agree about the wine glasses: impossible shape. But I disagree about the flatware, which is mock-Secessionist, very elegant. The food is nice; early days, though, and not everything I had was perfect.

http://www.pinkpignyc.com/at_the_sign...

Aug 05, 2015
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Wildair (from the great team behind Contra)

Just looking back at the OP: there are a number of good things to be said about Wildair's menu, but I do think picky eaters (let alone "the most picky") might have trouble choosing from six dishes featuring ingredients like squid, lardo, clams, seaweed butter and smoked chili vinaigrette.

Jul 24, 2015
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Virginia's, New upscale restaurant on Ave C

Correct. Avenue C is now a corridor of pricey cocktail lounges--indeed, it has been for several years.

Jun 25, 2015
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Wildair (from the great team behind Contra)

I wouldn't go as far as "terrific," but it's certainly pretty good food, and the wine-list is exceptional--if you like funky, natural wines. The space is cramped.

http://www.pinkpignyc.com/at_the_sign...

Jun 11, 2015
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Replacement for Terroir in the East Village

Lois is the new place on Avenue C. A pleasant room, inexpensive wines from the tap, served in stemless tumblers. Casual. Not a realistic substitute for Terroir.

Jun 11, 2015
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Replacement for Terroir in the East Village

Wildair's list is remarkable.

Jun 11, 2015
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Chinese casserole distinctions

More ignorance than dissonance I suspect.

Feb 03, 2015
Wilfrid in Manhattan

great cocktails for less than a zillion dollars?

Definitely post the question on the Brooklyn thread, because that will turn up more cocktails under $12.

Dec 15, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

great cocktails for less than a zillion dollars?

Summit Bar serves the list of signature cocktails at half price between 5.30 and 7.30.

Dec 15, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

List of places serving the best burgers in NYC

The Piper's Kilt could be on the list. In fact both of them could (there's one in Manhattan and one in the Bronx, both decent).

Dec 11, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

List of places serving the best burgers in NYC

And the Dram Shop is in Brooklyn, but there you go.

Dec 11, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

List of places serving the best burgers in NYC

What you have there is a list of places serving a whole range of very different kinds of burger. The list could be twice as long. Curious why you want to narrow it down. To decide which burgers to try? If so, consider whether you have a preferred style of burger (bar burger, fast food burger, gourmet) OR if you want to sample very different styles, but good examples of those styles. Those would be two ways of narrowing the list.

Honestly, you could just pick half a dozen of those at random and have an interesting time.

Dec 11, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

À la Recherche de Truite Meunière

Trout "au bleu" is just-killed trout cooked quickly in a broth so that it skin turns a blue-ish color. Trout (or any other fish) "meuniere" is flour-crusted and cooked in pan; so no, strictly speaking, you can't have it both ways. Which is not to say that the OP didn't see the dish described that way on an old menu.

If it's "au bleu" that's needed, M.Wells Steakhouse does it. It's rarely seen in New York. On the other hand, I should have thought many fish restaurants will prepare fish "meuniere."

Dec 11, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

A shill is someone who doesn't disclose his or her relationship with an organization. If someone who dines regularly at EMP posed as a first-time diner here in order to praise it, for compensation, that would be shilling. The complaints on this thread may or may not be valid, but what's going on is not shilling.

Sep 19, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Brooklyn Fare Manhattan - When Does it Open?

Time Out New York regularly runs pictures of food at places which are still construction sites. Eater is a more reliable guide to places actually being open.

Jul 16, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Which French restaurant?

No, it's still good. It just has trouble getting attention.

Jul 15, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Notice the marked deterioration of East Village Cheese?

It's like those roast duck buns for a buck you can find down on East Broadway. Sometimes people tell me the duck was stringy or fatty. That's why it costs a dollar.

Jun 16, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Ratners Dairy Restaurant

The original Ratner's on Delancey Street closed in 2002. (I think there might have been one or two branches elsewhere.) http://www.lowermanhattan.info/news/r...

Jan 07, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Unpleasant experience at CAGEN Sushi in East Village (former Kaijitsu space)

I remember the good old days when restaurants were pushing bottled water to combat drought (or something), and I used to ask for an empty glass and directions to the restroom. Laugh?

Dec 03, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Unpleasant experience at CAGEN Sushi in East Village (former Kaijitsu space)

I'm sure you'd say that if you ordered a tasting menu in a "Western restaurant," then wanted a portion of potatoes after the amuse--even though there are potatoes with the entree--the restaurant should accommodate you.

Maybe so, but I think you should also consider whether such a request might be seen as strange.

Dec 02, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan