It’s been a long week but here we are at Friday afternoon and your thoughts are drifting from your to-do list to the thrill of the burden-free weekend within your grasp. But then again, it’s NYC on a Friday night so there’s one more task ahead of you: Reservations.

Just because you’ve put this off until now doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. We’ve scoured OpenTable for the best restaurants where you can still reserve a table tonight during prime seating hours. If you see something you like, act fast. No guarantees these slots will still be there by the time you click through.


Brick Lane Curry House

99 2nd Ave.

The British-style curry house pops up on many best restaurant lists and gained even more notoriety when it was featured on Man vs. Food for having the self-proclaimed hottest curry in the world.

Multiple availabilities between 7 and 9 p.m. for parties of 2 or 4

(Check other locations for additional possibilities)

Bar Boulud

1900 Broadway

You’ll have little luck trying to get into one of Chef Daniel Boulud’s finer (and pricier) establishments, but you can still get Boulud quality food at his Upper West Side bistro and wine bar.

Multiple availabilities between 7 and 9 p.m. for parties of 2 or 4

Empellon cocina

105 First Ave.

The New York Times called Chef Alex Stupak’s Mexican dishes “smart and often-inspired” when its critic gave the restaurant two stars back in 2012. Open reservation times here disappeared before our eyes so book fast.

Party of 2: 9:15 p.m.


9 Great Jones St.

A scene since it opened in 2012, critics have consistently lauded Danish chef Mads Refslund for his imaginative take on locally sourced fare with a Nordic twist.

Party of 2: 6, 6:15 p.m.

Party of 4: 6:15, 6:30 p.m.

Kin Shop

469 Avenue of the Americas

The successful restaurant by Top Chef’s first (and debatably most successful) winner Harold Dieterle will give you Thai food like you haven’t had it before.

Party of 2: 6:45, 9 p.m.

Party of 4: 7:30 p.m.


157 Duane St.

With dishes inspired by the southeast asian cuisine of Laos, this TriBeCa hot spot made it on New York magazine food critic Adam Platt’s list of Where to Eat 2014. If you want to eat there tonight, you can.

Multiple availability for parties of 2 or 4 between 7 and 9 p.m.

Momofuku Ma Peche

15 W. 56th St. (located in the Chambers Hotel)

Of all the Momofuku establishments, Ma Peche is slightly easier to get into, so take advantage tonight. Tables are going fast, so we’re pushing this one slightly outside of our predetermined timeframe.

Table of 2: 9:15

Table of 4: 9:30


30 Hudson St.

When the New York Times reviewed this high-scale Japanese restaurant in 2011, it recommended trying to make reservations a week in advance. You can sit tonight.

Party of 2 or 4: 8:30, 9 p.m.

Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen

10402 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills

Famously awarded its first Michelin Star in 2001, this casual eatery continues to impress critics from everywhere from Eater to The New York Times.

Party of 2 or 4: 9 p.m.


95 Commercial St., Greenpoint

Another restaurant with an appearance on New York’s Where to Eat 2014, Glasserie has also racked up favorable reviews from The New York Times and The New Yorker -- both of which mention the $72 rabbit as a standout (and luckily, made to be shared).

Party of 2 or 4: 7:15, 7:30, 8:30 p.m.