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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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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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Dallas

How to Get a Table at Mister Charles in Dallas

Wearing a blazer and a silk neckerchief on a weekday afternoon, Duro Hospitality co-founder Chas Martin explains the keywords that…

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Philadelphia

Everything You Need to Know About Getting Into illata

At the nexus of Grey’s Ferry Avenue and South Street is illata, a discreet BYOB that’s quickly become one of…

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New York

How to Get Into Sailor in Fort Greene

With names like April Bloomfield (The Breslin) in the kitchen and Gabriel Stulman (Joseph Leonard, Jeffrey’s Grocery, Jolene, and Fairfax)…

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New York

How to Get Into Bangkok Supper Club

Bangkok Supper Club, from the team behind the beloved neighborhood no-pad-Thai Thai spot Fish Cheeks, has been packed since it…

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Washington D.C.

How to Nab a Seat at Maydān, And What To Order When You’re There

Stepping into Maydān takes you on a sensory journey. You enter what feels like a secret door, tucked away in…

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The bar and dining area at Café Chelsea

New York

How to Get Into Café Chelsea

As the newest spot in the endlessly buzzy Hotel Chelsea, Café Chelsea is quickly becoming one of the city’s toughest…

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My Loup interior

Philadelphia

How to Get Into My Loup — and How to Have the Best Time There

For a restaurant less than six months old, My Loup has livened up the Rittenhouse Square scene in record time.…

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Chicago

How to Get Into The Purple Pig — and What to Order Once You’re There

Has the Purple Pig always been busy? It certainly appears that way. Since opening in late 2009 in its first…

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