Pulino’s has opened its reservation line at 212-226-1966 for breakfast and lunch starting next Monday. Our first question, once we got past the constant busy signal: What sort of silliness (à la “Schiller’s is not now, nor has it ever been, a massage parlor”; Pastis’s “for directions in French, please take lessons at the Alliance Français”; and Minetta’s “for problems with your marriage, please call me at home”) would be on the outgoing message?
And the answer: “For lost and found and gift cards and other office nonsexual matters, please press four.” Okay. Our next question, after nine minutes on hold: Is there a table for two available at 1 p.m. on Monday? Answer: No, but there were still 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. tables. Dinner service starts March 26; it’s uncertain when those reservations will start being accepted.