I have been to Standard Tap many times and the food is always delicious and satisfying.The place is always jammed,but if you grab a drink and wait,a table or spot at one of the bars usually opens. Two of us went recently on a Saturday around 7:30,and after scoring a prime parking spot right in front,we were feeling lucky. Of course,not a seat available. We saw a small vacant table for 2 right in front of the kitchen,kinda set away from the dining rooms and bar.It was a busy walk-through for folks going upstairs and staff in and out of the kitchen. I did NOT want to sit there,but my boyfriend was hungry,so I relented.We always start with the octopus(yummy!) and I got the whole trout and he got the hanger steak and fries(our fav!). Both were superb and the table ended up being fun because of the continuous people watching and activity.Dont hesitate to sit there-I have a feeling its always open. The music is always loud and the place is noisy-not a romantic date destination.We also love the bread pudding or apple crisp for dessert.