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The One Who Keeps the Book

Welcome to The One Who Keeps The Book, a regular series that aims to answer that most important question: How do I get in? The first answer is Resy, of course. But every restaurant manages its tables differently and there are always secret tips, tricks, and shortcuts to be discovered. 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 Get Into Mandolin Aegean Bistro

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

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 Get Into Élephante (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 Get Into BoccaLupo

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

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 Get Into Monteverde

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 Into Ka’teen

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 Dame

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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New York

How to Get Into Una Pizza Napoletana 

Perhaps you go to California for the tacos, Maine for the lobster, and the Carolinas or Texas for barbecue, but…

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New York

How to Get Into Konban, New York’s Favorite Spot for Japanese Katsu

Konban opened in Chelsea in December with the hype already built in. With locations in Seoul and hot off a…

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Miami

How to Get a Table at Rao’s in Miami

For years, tiny one-room Rao’s in East Harlem has been one of the most notoriously difficult reservations in America. The…

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New York

How to Get Into Tigre on the Lower East Side

When the team behind Williamsburg’s beloved oyster and cocktail bar Maison Premiere debuted its first bar in Manhattan, expectations were…

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Los Angeles

How to Get into Donna’s, Echo Park’s Cozy Italian American Banger

Red sauce nostalgia has exploded in Los Angeles, with Echo Park hotspot Donna’s leading the charge (see also). Since opening…

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Chicago

How To Get Into White-Hot Basque Steakhouse Asador Bastian

Since opening in March 2023, Asador Bastian has become one of the most popular chophouses in Chicago, thanks to its…

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Los Angeles

How To Get a Table at Ladyhawk, West Hollywood’s New Mediterranean Stunner

Where do you go after you win Top Chef Middle East/North Africa, and find yourself on Top Chef World All-Stars?…

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New York

How to Get Into Café Carmellini

Café Carmellini, which opened in November inside the luxurious Fifth Avenue Hotel, has already gained a reputation for its “Gilded…

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Chicago

How To Get Into Mexican Hotspot La Josie – and What to Order Once You’re In

A buzzy Mexican restaurant and agave bar on Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row, La Josie has become a reliable neighborhood staple…

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Los Angeles

How to Snag the Best Seats in the House at De La Nonna

It’s been almost two years since De La Nonna morphed from a coveted pandemic-era pizza pop-up into an airy Arts…

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