Gemma Pulse Check: It's No Waverly

Planning to go to Gemma, the Bowery Hotels restaurant, tonight? Though weve been told by the publicist that, until its grand opening on July 9, the restaurant is open only to guests as well as friends and family of Sean MacPherson, Eric Goode, John DeLucie, and designer Taavo Somer, the hotels receptionist mustve reckoned us a friend, because she invited us to walk right in anytime between 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. For the moment, this is no Waverly Inn, despite the shared players; in fact, as long as youre wearing shoes and a shirt, you shouldnt have any trouble scoring a table tonight.

7:45 p.m. or earlier best time to avoid the dinner rush

8 p.m. a bit busy

8:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starts to get busy

9 p.m. the most busy time. Waiting time: Between 20 and 25 minutes. We have a large bar in the dining room.

10 p.m. busy but not insanely busy.

10:15 p.m. or later again, best time to avoid the dinner rush.

And can you wait at the upstairs bar? Were trying to get that open for the summer.

And there you go. Now get busy!

Gemma, Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, at 3rd St.; 212-505-9100.