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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.


The spread at Laser Wolf in Brooklyn.

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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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The Nines opened in January and it's since become one of the hardest-to-get-into supper club and piano bars in the entire city.

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How to Get Into The Nines, and What to Order Once You’re There

After a turbulent past two years, one of the most sought-after places these days is a spot that gives New…

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How to Get Into Balthazar — And Why It’s Still Packed 25 Years Later

Not many restaurants make it to 25 years, and even fewer are as perpetually packed as Balthazar has been from…

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

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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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How to Get into New York’s Ci Siamo, and What to Order

The latest opening from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, Ci Siamo (which translates to “here we are” or “we’ve…

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

Scoring a table at Rezdôra, the Michelin-starred Italian restaurant in the Flatiron District has become one of the most prized…

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The bar and dining room at Avra Madison.

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What to Order at Avra Madison (and How to Get a Table There)

Right at home among Celine and Balenciaga, the power restaurant that is Avra Madison — sister to the original Avra…

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

Saint Theo’s in the West Village has only been open for five months, but it’s already one of the hardest…

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What to Order at Kokomo (and How to Get a Table There)

Williamsburg’s hardest-to-get-into venue isn’t some nightlife hotspot. In fact, it’s a restaurant. We’re talking about Kokomo, the perpetually packed dinner…

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A spread of dishes and wine from Claud

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How To Get Into Claud in New York’s East Village

If you happen to be walking down East 10th Street, you might miss Claud. It’s downstairs, for one thing, and…

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How to Get Into Barbuto

Since Barbuto first opened in 2004, scoring a table at Jonathan Waxman’s restaurant has been considered a treasured feat by…

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The spread at Laser Wolf in Brooklyn.

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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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The bar at Wenwen

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

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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

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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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Pebble Bar's third floor takes reservations and a few walk-ins.

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How to Get Into Pebble Bar, at Rockefeller Center

Pebble Bar has been open barely more than a few months and already it’s become one of the toughest bars…

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The Nines opened in January and it's since become one of the hardest-to-get-into supper club and piano bars in the entire city.

The One Who Keeps the Book

How to Get Into The Nines, and What to Order Once You’re There

After a turbulent past two years, one of the most sought-after places these days is a spot that gives New…

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The One Who Keeps the Book

How to Get Into Balthazar — And Why It’s Still Packed 25 Years Later

Not many restaurants make it to 25 years, and even fewer are as perpetually packed as Balthazar has been from…

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