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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

Midtown East
296 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
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
44 people mentioned the Omakase
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
TriBeCa - Downtown
710 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • 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
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in New York / Tri-State Area
21 people mentioned the Caviar
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133 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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
92% recommended
Steakhouse in Manhattan
19 people mentioned the Korean Bbq
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The Polo Bar

Midtown East
635 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in Manhattan
10 people mentioned the Corn Beef
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6,751 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
68 people mentioned the French Onion Soup


Upper East Side
5,464 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
89% recommended
Special Occasion in Manhattan
54 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
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1,386 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
81% recommended
Notable Wine List in Brooklyn
176 people mentioned the Omakase


823 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
92% recommended
Best Ambiance in Brooklyn
75 people mentioned the Manhattan

El Cortez

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
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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La Vara

Cobble Hill
713 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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
94% recommended
Spanish in New York / Tri-State Area
20 people mentioned the Paella