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10 Hard-to-Get Reservations in New York City

The OpenTable team

Every day, we have hundreds of thousands of reservations flying through our system—and some are tougher to get than others. According to our data, these are the restaurants in New York City where it’s hardest to snag a reservation. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Sushi Ginza Onodera - NYC, Atera, Cote
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Sushi, Contemporary American, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Midtown East, TriBeCa - Downtown, Chelsea
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Sushi Ginza Onodera - NYC

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown East
358 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
There’s no shortage of excellent sushi spots in New York City, but there are few places in this town quite like Sushi Ginza Onodera. This is a temple to raw fish, where chef MasakiRead more
91% recommended
Sushi in New York / Tri-State Area
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Atera

$$$$·Contemporary American·
TriBeCa - Downtown
750 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Atera is a tasting-menu restaurant like no other; chef Ronny Emborg’s menu aims to give diners an “immersive sensory dining experience.” This spot certainly wows, with dishes thatRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area
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Cote

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chelsea
146 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
There are few dining experiences as fun as Korean barbecue—and when that Korean barbecue is dry-aged beef, it’s even better. Cote takes the best parts of the American steakhouse—thRead more
100% recommended
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The Polo Bar

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
696 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Ever since it opened in the belly of Ralph Lauren’s flagship store, The Polo Bar has been one of the toughest places to get into—and it’s not hard to see why. This is where the citRead more
94% recommended
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Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,238 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
There are few places as New York as Keith McNally’s Balthazar: an always-bustling French brasserie in the heart of Soho. You can’t go wrong with the moules frites, the salade nicoiRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
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Daniel

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
5,704 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
For a meal that is both special and timeless, head to Daniel, chef Daniel Boulud’s eponymous restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. This is a prime example of French fine dining, with clRead more
94% recommended
French in New York / Tri-State Area
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Zenkichi

$$$$·Japanese·
Williamsburg
1,414 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Tucked away on North 6th street in Williamsburg is Zenkichi, a Japanese izakaya that, even after ten-plus years, still feels like a secret. Each booth is encased by a curtain, wherRead more
96% recommended

Westlight

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
882 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
On the rooftop of Williamsburg’s William Vale hotel is Westlight, one of the best spots to drink cocktails in all of New York City. Take in the view as you work your way through thRead more
94% recommended
Best Ambiance in Brooklyn

La Vara

$$$$·Spanish·
Cobble Hill
768 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Down a cozy street in Cobble Hill is La Vara, a place that looks like a casual neighborhood spot but very well might be the best Spanish restaurant in New York City. Anything from Read more
93% recommended
Spanish in New York / Tri-State Area
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El Cortez

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Bushwick
10 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Casual
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
It’s easy to put El Cortez in the category of “Tex-Mex” restaurants. But as chef Stephen Tanner told New York magazine, El Cortez is a restaurant focusing on “all three Mexicans”: Read more
83% recommended
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