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It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, guys. And while some of us are rocking our jerseys and cooking up classy game-day snacks, some of us are kind of indifferent to the whole thing. If watching the game (or Lady Gaga’s halftime show) doesn’t do it for you, here’s an idea: Take yourself out to dinner at one of these usually super-busy restaurants. (If you decide to venture outside this list, be advised that some spots will be closed—you never know which of your fave chefs is a die-hard Falcons fan.) 

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Babu Ji

This modern-Indian hot spot offers reservations only for its tasting menu, and a limited number at that, so if you’d rather get your fix of butter chicken and seafood coconut curry à la carte, now’s your chance to nab a walk-in seat.

175 Ave. B (between First and Second aves.); 212-951-1082 or

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Since it opened in November, the L.A. import has consistently had lines down the block. If at least some of those sushi lovers are also football fans, it means we’ll get to the impossibly fresh toro and blue crab hand rolls that much quicker.

33 E. 20th St. (between Broadway and Park Ave.); 347-705-8100 or

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Tim Ho Wan

The dim sum emporium is another newly opened spot that’s been drawing crowds in a big (two-hour-wait big) way. We’re hoping that time drops significantly after kickoff, in the name of steamed buns and sticky rice.

85 Fourth Ave. (at 11th St.); 212-228-2800 or

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The Spotted Pig

The Spotted Pig

What’s that? You still haven’t made it to try one of the city’s best burgers because the walk-ins-only policy scares you? It’s time to fix that, stat.

314 W. 11th St. (at Greenwich St.); 212-620-0393 or

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Good ramen worth waiting for, but if we can get said ramen without sacrificing half a day, even better.

Two locations in Manhattan; 

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