The dining room at Tatiana, By Kwame Onwuachi
Tatiana, By Kwame Onwuachi, remains one of the most sought-after restaurants in New York. Photo by Adrian-Gaut, courtesy of Lincoln Center and Modellus Novus

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How to Get the Toughest Restaurant Reservations in New York

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Often in the New York, the most important dining question doesn’t revolve around where to eat: It’s how do we get in?

That’s where we come in.

For years, we’ve been going straight to the source to ask restaurant hosts, maître d’s, and general managers for all the secret tips, tricks, and shortcuts to getting into the city’s most in-demand restaurants. You know, all the ones you set countless Notifies on Resy for, and the ones you’ve set multiple alarms for in anticipation of their next reservation drop.

We want to make it easier for you to find out all the intel you need, so consider this your ultimate cheat sheet for getting into those much-loved restaurants, and check back here on the regular; we’ll be updating this list frequently.

Massara Flatiron

Photo by Alex Staniloff, courtesy of Massara

It’s the new spot from the same folks behind Rezdôra, and everyone and their nonna wants to give it a try.

Reservations Drop: Fourteeen days in advance at midnight.

Should You Walk In? Yes, you can give it a try. They do have some space for walk-ins.

Must Orders: Crudo pizzette; corteccia; cavatelli allo scoglio; “If Pasta Fredda Was Eaten in Amalfi”; branzino; and sfogliatelle.

Pro Tip: It’s not available just yet, but Massara will eventually offer a two-hour pizzette tasting menu, in addition to a large-format meal featuring goat, four ways.

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Photo by Alex Staniloff, courtesy of Massara

Penny East Village

Maine lobster at Penny
Maine lobster gets cooked to order with brown butter and herbs.
Photo by Teddy Wolff, courtesy of Penny

Claud’s upstairs little sister, Penny, is one of the city’s most sought-after seafood counters for so many reasons.

Reservations Drop: One week out at 9 a.m. but do know it’s a limited number of reservations.

Should You Walk In? Yes! The majority of seats are held open for walk-ins and it’s first come, first served.

Must Orders: Ice Box Plus, especially since it includes the shrimp cocktail; razor clams; stuffed squid made with a sofrito, swiss chard and tuna; confit oysters with spiced Club crackers; and the ice cream sandwich.

Pro Tip: If you want to double dip at both Penny and Claud, it’s best to check in with the hosts of each restaurant directly. Claud saves seats at their dining rail near the front of the restaurant for walk-ins, and Penny’s standing rail is ideal for folks who want to grab drinks or dessert.

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Maine lobster at Penny
Maine lobster gets cooked to order with brown butter and herbs.
Photo by Teddy Wolff, courtesy of Penny

TATIANA, By Kwame Onwuachi Lincoln Center

Photo by Evan Sung, courtesy of Tatiana by Kwame Onwuachi

You’ll taste dishes you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else at this sleek Lincoln Center stunner from acclaimed chef Kwame Onwuachi — pastrami suya and egusi dumplings, anyone?

Reservations Drop: 12 noon, 28 days in advance.

Should You Walk In? Bar seats and an outdoor dining area are held for walk-ins, and you can add yourself to a waitlist. Showing up right at 5 p.m. is recommended.

Must Orders: Curried goat patties; honeynut piri piri salad; braised oxtail; short rib pastrami suya; the Bodega Special; and a POG Nutcracker.

Pro Tip: Do come dressed to impress. (Everyone else does.) Also, try calling (212) 875-5222 or emailing info@tatiananyc.com for help with a reservation.

Want to know even more? Read on.

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Photo by Evan Sung, courtesy of Tatiana by Kwame Onwuachi

Don Angie West Village

The iconic pinwheel lasagna for two.
Photo courtesy of Don Angie

Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli’s lovely West Village restaurant with playful and creative twists on Italian American cuisine has been a fan favorite since it opened in 2017.

Reservations Drop: Seven days in advance at 9 a.m. each day, including the day of reservation.

Should You Walk In? The restaurant’s 10 bar seats are always reserved for walk-ins. Show up at 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and at 3:30 p.m. Fridays to Sundays for your best chances of snagging them.

Must Orders: The pinwheel lasagna for two; stuffed garlic flatbread; chrysanthemum salad; sourdough cacciatore pasta; veal “da pepi;” Japanese sweet potatoes; and the fior di latte mochi.

Pro Tip: Put yourself on the Resy Notify list, or get there early to snag a walk-in.

Want to know even more? Read on.

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The iconic pinwheel lasagna for two.
Photo courtesy of Don Angie

Bungalow East Village

The bar at Bungalow
The bar at Bungalow.
Photo by Alex Stanlioff, courtesy of Bungalow

This stunning East Village spot from “Master Chef” Vikas Khanna has been packed since it opened in March, and for good reason.

Reservations Drop: Fifteen days in advance at 11 a.m.

Should You Walk In? Get there right when they open at 5 p.m. for a chance to snag a table. The bar is also first come, first served.

Must Orders: Yogurt kebab, Ammi’s lamb chops, spice-roasted pineapple; goat nihari; any of the breads; and the Chai Pani cocktail.

Pro Tip: If you’re OK with a more limited menu, the walk-in only bar is your best bet.

Want to know even more? Read on.

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The bar at Bungalow
The bar at Bungalow.
Photo by Alex Stanlioff, courtesy of Bungalow

San Sabino West Village

San Sabino steak “magazzino”
San Sabino’s steak “Magazzino” takes its cues from Japanese katsu.
Photo by Evan Sung, courtesy of San Sabino

The Don Angie team’s seafood-focused sequel next door doesn’t disappoint with its equally creative and fun takes on Italian American food.

Reservations Drop: Seven calendar days in advance at 9 a.m., including the day of the reservation itself.

Should You Walk In? Yes! There are 10 bar seats reserved for walk-ins that are first come, first served. Show up ahead of opening to get in line.

Must Orders: Oysters; spicy tuna; cheesy fritelle; insalata Louie; octopus carpaccio; lobster triangoli; stuffed farfalle; pepperoni carbonara; shrimp parm; and steak magazzino (pictured here).

Pro Tip: Do use the Resy Notify feature because the team releases reservations daily to folks on the Notify list.

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San Sabino steak “magazzino”
San Sabino’s steak “Magazzino” takes its cues from Japanese katsu.
Photo by Evan Sung, courtesy of San Sabino

Una Pizza Napoletana Lower Manhattan

Una Pizza Napoletana pizzas
Photo by Mako Barmon, courtesy of Una Pizza Napoletana

This legendary pizzeria from Anthony Mangieri is your go-to spot for Neapolitan-style pies in the city.

Reservations Drop: Two weeks in advance at 9 a.m.

Should You Walk In? Yes, and if you do, get there by 4 p.m. Or stop by around 9 p.m.

Must Orders: Marinara; weekly special pie; any of the gelati or the sorbets.

Pro Tip: Walking by and stopping in is your best bet for snagging a table; don’t call, email, or DM.

Want to know even more? Read on.

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Una Pizza Napoletana pizzas
Photo by Mako Barmon, courtesy of Una Pizza Napoletana

Roscioli – Tasting Menu Soho

Photo by Gary He, courtesy of Roscioli New York

This Roman import has been an incredibly hot ticket since it opened last summer.

Reservations Drop: Thirty days in advance at 10 a.m.

Should You Walk In? Probably not. However, you could try your luck walking in upstairs for Roscioli –  A la Carte although walk-ins are extremely limited.

Must Orders: You’re limited to the tasting menu here.

Want to know even more? Read on.

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Photo by Gary He, courtesy of Roscioli New York

Bangkok Supper Club Meatpacking District

Bangkok Supper Club pork jowl
The pork jowl.
Photo by Evan Sung, courtesy of Bangkok Supper Club

Bangkok Supper Club subverts the traditional narrative of Thai cooking, embracing Thai street food in a way you’ve never had it before.

Reservations Drop: Thirty days in advance at midnight.

Should You Walk In? Yes! They hold a quarter of the dining room and the entire 11-seat bar for walk-ins. On weekends, they also reserve the highly covetable kitchen counter for walk-ins.

Must Orders: Uni crab tartlet; yum khai dao; beef tongue; grilled branzino; pork jowl (pictured here); any of the cocktails; and the coconut pandan dessert.

Pro Tip: Email them at reservations@bscnyc.co if you’re having trouble getting in, but do know that most reservations are made via Resy.

Want to know even more? Read on.

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Bangkok Supper Club pork jowl
The pork jowl.
Photo by Evan Sung, courtesy of Bangkok Supper Club

Semma West Village

Photo courtesy of Semma

Michelin-starred cuisine from Southern India gets its long overdue spotlight at this lovely spot from chef Vijay Kumar and the same team behind Dhamaka, Adda, Naks, and Masalawala & Sons.

Reservations Drop: Fifteen days out at 7 a.m.

Should You Walk In? Yes! The 12 seats at the bar are reserved for walk-ins. Get there a little before 5 p.m. or stop by closer to 9 p.m.

Must Orders: Gunpowder dosa; mulaikattiya thaniyam; meen pollichathu; and valiya chemmeen moilee.

Pro Tip: If you want to try the Dungeness crab dish with parotta and coconut rice, kanyakumari nandu masala, you should pre-order it at least 24 hours in advance.

Want to know even more? Read on.

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Photo courtesy of Semma

Laser Wolf Brooklyn Williamsburg

The spread at Laser Wolf in Brooklyn.
The spread at Laser Wolf in Brooklyn.
Photo by Gary He for Resy

It’s tough to beat the incredible views and equally standout food at this rooftop spot from acclaimed chef Michael Solomonov.

Reservations Drop: Twenty-one days in advance at 10 a.m.

Should You Walk In? Yes, but get there at 5 p.m. to snag one of the 12 bar seats reserved for walk-ins.

Must Orders: The fries with tehina ketchup (be sure to ask for some ranch on the side); brisket kebab; lamb and beef koobideh; and whole branzino for two.

Pro Tip: Once you get a chance to dine there, ensure your next visit by asking for a reservation on your way out.

Want to know even more? Read on.

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The spread at Laser Wolf in Brooklyn.
The spread at Laser Wolf in Brooklyn.
Photo by Gary He for Resy

The Coop at Double Chicken Please Lower East Side

GN Chan.
Double Chicken Please co-owner GN Chan.
Photo courtesy of Double Chicken Please

One of the country’s most highly coveted and tough-to-get-into bars, with deliciously juicy fried chicken sandwiches and inventive, creative cocktails you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

Reservations Drop: Six days out at midnight.

Should You Walk In? Yes, but if you do, you should get there before 5 p.m. for either a spot at The Coop (back room) or the bar in the front.

Must Orders: All of the fried chicken sandwiches; Japanese Cold Noodle; Cold Pizza; and Red Eye Gravy.

Pro Tip: This spot doesn’t use the Resy Notify feature so your best bet to get in without a reservation is to wait in line.

Want to know even more? Read on.

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GN Chan.
Double Chicken Please co-owner GN Chan.
Photo courtesy of Double Chicken Please

Sailor Fort Greene

Photo by Nicole Franzen, courtesy of Sailor

One of Fort Greene’s most loved corner bistros has some serious firepower behind it, including acclaimed restaurateur Gabriel Stulman (Joseph Leonard, Jeffrey’s Grocery, and Fairfax) and chef April Bloomfield.

Reservations Drop: Two weeks in advance at 11 a.m. for dinner. Brunch and lunch reservations drop on Mondays at 11 a.m.

Should You Walk In? Yes, but get there anytime between 4:30 and 4:45 p.m. if you want to get a seat. They also take walk-ins for lunch and brunch, too.

Must Orders: Lunch: Zuni Cafe’s anchovy with celery; and Sailor burger. Dinner: Hemp and yogurt dip with charred leek oil and crudités; half-roasted chicken with dried herb butter and Parmesan roasted potatoes; and profiterole with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel.

Pro Tip: If you can’t get in for dinner, try stopping by for lunch Wednesdays through Fridays or brunch on the weekends.

Want to know even more? Read on.

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Photo by Nicole Franzen, courtesy of Sailor

Rezdôra Flatiron District

Stefano Secchi’s cozy ode to the food and wine of Emilia-Romagna has been packed since it opened in 2019 to rave reviews.

Reservations Drop: Twenty-one days out at midnight.

Should You Walk In? Yes, but do know that it’s only for the bar and that you have to commit to a full meal, not just drinks.

Must Orders: Pasta tasting menu; gnocco frito; uovo raviolo; Grandma Walking Through the Forest in Emilia pasta; rib-eye; and olive oil cake.

Pro Tip: If you can’t snag a table for diner, try stopping by for lunch. And you can also always try emailing reservations@rezdora.nyc for help.

Want to know even more? Read on.

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Tigre Lower East Side

Martinis are a must at Tigre.
Photo courtesy of Tigre. Must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly.

It’s a sleek and shiny (literally – there’s lots of chrome and mirrors involved) bar with disco era references from the same team behind Maison Premiere.

Reservations Drop: Thirty days in advance at midnight.

Should You Walk In? Yes. Bar seats are held for walk-ins but they are limited, and it helps if you’re willing to stay for a shorter versus extended period of time. Walking in after midnight for a nightcap is your best bet.

Must Order: The Cigarette Martini.

Pro Tip: If you want to request a private shindig, email connect@tigre.com.

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Martinis are a must at Tigre.
Photo courtesy of Tigre. Must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly.

Konban Chelsea

Photo by Laura Moss, courtesy of Konban

It’s the city’s newest favorite spot for juicy, crispy cuts of Japanese katsu.

Reservations Drop: Fourteen days out at midnight.

Should You Walk In? Yes, but it’s best to walk-in for a lunch service on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. If you try to walk-in for dinner, stop by at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 4 p.m. on weekends. Note that the last seating time is 9:30 p.m.

Must Orders: The katsu; udon; sake; wine; and The Soul cocktail.

Pro Tip: Call (917) 675-6070 or email hello@konbannyc.com if you don’t see any available reservations. And try to request a table with a garden view for prime photo ops.

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Photo by Laura Moss, courtesy of Konban

Lilia Williamsburg

Diners feasting on pasta at Lilia.
Lilia first opened in 2016, and six years later, it’s still tough to get a table at the Williamsburg staple for handmade pastas.
Photo by Mike Grippi for Resy

It’s chef Missy Robbins’ beloved Italian restaurant housed within an old auto garage that’s been packed since it opened in 2016.

Reservations Drop: Twenty-eight days in advance at 10 a.m.

Should You Walk In? Yes, but it’s best to do so right at 4 p.m. when the restaurant opens.

Must Orders: Cacio e pepe fritelle; bagna cauda; grilled clams; mafaldini with pink peppercorn; gelato.

Pro Tip: Call the restaurant at (718) 576-3095 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to speak to a reservationist. And stay close to your phone to get any Resy Notify notifications, usually around 2 p.m. on your desired day of dining.

Want to know even more? Read on.

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Diners feasting on pasta at Lilia.
Lilia first opened in 2016, and six years later, it’s still tough to get a table at the Williamsburg staple for handmade pastas.
Photo by Mike Grippi for Resy

L’Artusi West Village

Photo courtesy of L'Artusi
L’Artusi is one of Resy’s most notified restaurants in all of New York City.
Photo by Teddy Wolff, courtesy of L’Artusi

Since 2008, this West Village charmer has been a favorite among New Yorkers for its pitch-perfect pasta and warm, friendly service.

Reservations Drop: 14 days out at 9 a.m.

Should You Walk In? Yes, but try to stop by when doors open at 5 p.m.

Must Orders: Crudo; garganelli; crispy potatoes; and olive oil cake.

Pro Tip: Getting to know the staff, and establishing a relationship with them, might just be your best bet for getting in. And if you’re having trouble getting in for dinner, try stopping by for lunch.

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Photo courtesy of L'Artusi
L’Artusi is one of Resy’s most notified restaurants in all of New York City.
Photo by Teddy Wolff, courtesy of L’Artusi

The Four Horsemen Williamsburg

Four Horsemen space
The Four Horsemen opened in Williamsburg in 2015.
Photo courtesy of The Four Horsemen

The Four Horsemen has solidified its reputation as one of the city’s best destinations for food and wine ever since it opened in 2015.

Reservations Drop: A month in advance at 6 a.m.

Should You Walk In? Yes, but get there by 5 p.m. so you can get in by 5:30 when the restaurant opens.

Must Orders: The menu changes all the time, but don’t overlook any of the breads, pastas, and sausages, all of which are made in house from scratch.

Pro Tip: One of the best seats in the house can be found at the bar, which is reserved for walk-ins. And do consider stopping in for lunch.

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Four Horsemen space
The Four Horsemen opened in Williamsburg in 2015.
Photo courtesy of The Four Horsemen

Jean’s NoHo

Jean's dining room
Photo by Maegan Gindi, courtesy of Jean’s

It’s New York’s clubstaurant of the moment, with everyone clamoring for a table with the hopes of getting into the club downstairs.

Reservations Drop: Two weeks in advance at midnight.

Should You Walk In? Yes, and if you do, aim to get there at 5, 7, or 10 p.m. for your best chances of getting in. And treat yourself to a Dirty Jean’s martini at the bar if there’s a wait.

Must Orders: Tuna carpaccio; chicken; burger; and the Dirty Jean’s martini.

Pro Tip: If you want to get into the club downstairs, it’s best to show up in a smaller group and do come dressed to impress.

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Jean's dining room
Photo by Maegan Gindi, courtesy of Jean’s