No Reservations: NYC Spots That Are Worth the Wait

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Lines — can’t live with them, can’t live without… no, wait, yeah we can live with them. There are a few spots in New York that really are worth the wait. Standing in these lines can be infuriating, but the end prize is well worth it. From drool-worthy Italian spots to French cuisine, here are all the spots you’ll be totally okay waiting a few hours for.  

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We could write pages about this West Village restaurant, but we’ll keep it short and sweet. Located in the West Village, Bar Pitti’s delicious Italian cuisine transports you to the land of pasta. Whether you’re sticking to the menu or picking from the specials board, you can never go wrong. While your squad is waiting in the well-worth-it line, hop over to the ATM because this joint is cash-only.


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This dim-lit and delicious Italian restaurant tucked away on Mulberry Street is truly worth the line. The pizzas, pastas, and appetizers range from simple to eccentric — we have the Tie-Dye pizza on our minds. Our trick? Stand outside before opening at 11:30 am to secure a table right away. Only if you can fathom eating pizza in the AM, we know we can — and we have. #noshameinthisgame

Je t'aime 👩🏼‍🎨💛 ! ! Rating: 😍😍😍😍😍 Order again? Every day ! ! Les Oeufs- steamed soft scrambled eggs with prosciutto ! ! This is hands down one of my favorite places in NYC for breakfast. It is very small so I suggest getting there early because a line does start forming especially over the weekend. The orange juice is worth it and so are the cappuccinos! I honestly want to order two of everything every single time I eat here. Be prepared for the prices because it is a bit pricey, BUT worth every penny in my opinion! It's a super chill, super cute restaurant that I highly recommend! Go go go! My love for you continues to grow @buvettenyc 💍💕 #nyc #nycfood #nycbreakfast #buvette #buvettenyc #timessquare #westvillage #eggs #eggscrambled #softscrambledeggs #coffee #nyccoffee #breakfast #newyork #newyorkcity #newyorker #nycfoodie #brunch #brunchnyc #hungrymeathappy #hangry #hangryproblems

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When you step off Grove St. into Buvette you’re transported into an old bistro in Paris à la Midnight in Paris. Although you may have to wait your turn to eat at Buvette’s pint-sized tables, the cozy French ambiance and cuisine are well worth the wait. Specializing in small-plate French cuisine, Buvette is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


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The wait to get into this East Village Greek oasis ends with Greek salad, zucchini chips, and crisp wine. Taverna Kyclades is perfect for a light lunch, or a hearty dinner. Although the wait may seem way too long, we have accepted the challenge and never regretted it. Our tip? Get the fresh fish, you’ll thank us later.

We want to eat Sugarfish, too, but we have come to grips with it being nearly impossible. But look no further, we have found the next best thing. Kazunori is Sugarfish’s delicious, simpler, and faster sister restaurant. Stroll up to the counter in Nomad, order a fresh handroll, a sake, and enjoy.

Written by Sydney Lehmann

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