All Cities: The One Who Keeps the Book

Welcome back to The One Who Keeps The Book, a regular series that aims to answer all the most important of questions about how to get into a restaurant. The first answer is Resy, of course. But every restaurant manages its tables differently and there are always tips, tricks, and shortcuts to be discovered. So here, we go straight to the source to get them for you.


Diners feasting on pasta at Lilia.

New York

How to Get Into Lilia

Ask any New Yorker which restaurant they’ve always wanted to go to but have struggled to get a reservation for,…

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Mandolin chicken dish

Miami

How to Snag a Table at Mandolin Aegean Bistro, and What to Order

For more than a decade, Mandolin Aegean Bistro has been a whimsical beacon of fresh, housemade fare and warm hospitality.…

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Charleston

How To Get Into FIG in Charleston

Ask anyone who’s ever dined in Charleston where to eat, and FIG is bound to be name-dropped. A leader of…

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Elephante

Los Angeles

How to Score a Table at Élephante in Santa Monica (Even During Sunset)

In a lot of ways, Élephante is a transporting experience. For one, you take an elevator to get to the…

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Getting to know our staff, on an actual, real human level is honestly probably the best way to get a table. Jorie Morales, general manager of L’Artusi

Atlanta

How to Score a Table at BoccaLupo, Atlanta’s Palace of Pasta

Jason Furst, general manager at BoccaLupo, jokingly calls himself a “reservations systems nerd.” That’s not a bad type of nerd…

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Dallas

How to Get Into Lucia in Dallas

Who in Dallas hasn’t heard of Lucia? Since opening in 2010, Jennifer and David Uygur’s small Bishop Arts restaurant has…

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Chicago

How To Nab a Seat at Monteverde, and What To Order Once You’re In

No one does pasta like Monteverde does, and everybody seems to know it. The West Loop Italian charmer has cultivated…

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Los Angeles

How to Get a Table At Ka’teen, Wes Avila’s Latest Hit Restaurant

Is it possible that everyone in L.A. is vacationing in Tulum right now, or are they all just dining at…

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Houston

How to Get Into Hidden Omakase

Like all great things, securing a seat at Hidden Omakase requires some work. First, you’ll need to find the restaurant: Concealed…

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A spread of dishes from Dame, one of the hardest reservations to get in all of New York right now.

New York

How to Get Into New York’s Dame, and What to Order

Ever since Dame transitioned from pop-up to permanent restaurant in June 2021, it’s been one of New York’s hardest reservations…

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The spread at Laser Wolf in Brooklyn.

New York

How to Get Into Laser Wolf in Brooklyn

When Laser Wolf opened on the rooftop of Williamsburg’s Hoxton hotel in May, it quickly became one of the city’s…

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Los Angeles

How To Get Into Horses, the Hottest Table in Hollywood

For our latest installment of The One Who Keeps The Book, we checked in with the duo behind one of the…

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The entrance and bar at the Mexican in Dallas.

Dallas

How to Get Into the Mexican, and What to Order Once You’re There

The Mexican was the sort of opening that couldn’t possibly go unnoticed. With 15,000 square feet, head-turning design details, a Tequila…

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Chicago

How To Get Into RPM Italian and What To Order Once You’re There

Since 2012, RPM Italian has been packing diners into River North with its modern take on Italian fare. Opened by…

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The bar at Wenwen

New York

How to Get Into Wenwen and What to Order While You’re There

When New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells recently reviewed Wenwen, Greenpoint’s new homestyle Taiwanese restaurant from Eric Sze and…

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Chicago

The Secrets Behind Getting Into Bavette’s (And What to Order Once You’re There)

In the realm of Chicago hotspots, it’s not hard to see why Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf stands out. With a two-level…

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Los Angeles

How to Get a Table At Ka’teen, Wes Avila’s Latest Hit Restaurant

Is it possible that everyone in L.A. is vacationing in Tulum right now, or are they all just dining at…

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Miami

How to Get a Table at Jaguar Sun, Now That Its Comeback is Official

These past two years have been a roller coaster for Jaguar Sun. It shuttered for more than a year during…

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Sound is the biggest feature at this listening room/bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

New York

How to Get Into Eavesdrop

Despite only being open since March, Eavesdrop has become one of New York’s most sought-after tables. Maybe it’s the unique…

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The bar at Dhamaka

New York

How to Get Into New York’s Dhamaka

When Dhamaka first opened in the Essex Street Market in March 2021, the spot’s sister restaurants, Adda and Rahi (now…

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