Just How Hard Is It to Get Into Minetta Tavern If You’re Not Madonna?

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We weren’t the only ones at Minetta Tavern last night — the ’bag spotted Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow among the sea of blondes. It claims the place is turning away 200 to 300 reservations a day and that the earliest ones are three months out. Um, really? We just called the restaurant and asked for a table this Saturday and were told they had one at 11 p.m. When asked, they said they also had tables on Tuesday (5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.) and Thursday (5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.) At the moment, reservationists are only booking a week in advance, since they’re currently not equipped to book tables a month (much less three months) in advance. What that means is that to get a prime-time table, you should call on a Monday at 9 a.m.— that’s when bookings for the following week open up. Or if you don’t mind sitting in the café, you’ll do just fine walking in on the early side. Last night we showed up before 7 p.m. and were seated immediately. There were three or four open tables next to us. One last thing — brunch is in the works.