Wait on Sunday night, 6:30 p.m.: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Wait on Saturday night, according to hostess: 2 hours
Downed at the bar: Two Kirin drafts, one sake-and-grapefruit-juice cocktail, one bowl of pickled vegetables, two complimentary bowls of dried noodles with cinnamon sugar
Wait music: Rage Against the Machine, Linkin Park
Outcome: Our party of four was led to an obscenely spacious semi-enclosed booth meant to seat eight. Score!
Another reason not to bail: The comfy padded armchairs at the communal tables aren't bad either.
Our advice: Kill time by shooting stick at Amsterdam Billiards a block away. Loser gets dinner.