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Table for 2 at Per Se

Whitemarshjohn May 27, 2007 02:49 PM

I want to visit New York City from Baltimore in the late summer/early fall and go to Per Se Restaurant with my wife. Do you have any suggestions on how to score a reservation for 2?

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  1. princeofpork RE: Whitemarshjohn May 27, 2007 06:08 PM

    Call exactly 60 days before you want to dine.

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      lucybobo RE: Whitemarshjohn May 28, 2007 08:00 AM

      The reservations line opens at 10am. You need to call exactly at 10am. Program the number into your speed dial and be ready to hit it at exactly 10am. If you call even a few minutes after ten they will probably only have off times like 5pm or 10pm.

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        hmp2z RE: lucybobo May 28, 2007 12:02 PM

        As others have mentioned, timeliness is of the essence. It's not necessarily 60 days out, though; we called 2 months out - we had been counting on the 60 days out rule and didn't realize it was 2 months, not 60 days, and so didn't get our first choice of dates.
        Heather W

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          wittlejosh RE: hmp2z May 28, 2007 12:11 PM

          Also, check opentable.com two months before the date. They leave a few tables for that site. I once got a table for two there on a Friday night. Of course, it was at 10 pm. But....

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            pizzajunkie RE: wittlejosh Oct 18, 2007 11:44 AM

            So I have missed the 60 day window. Is there any hope for a reservation? I am about 35 days out. I already checked opentable. Does anything ever open up, or do they have a wait list or anything like that?

      2. tbear RE: Whitemarshjohn Oct 18, 2007 11:52 AM

        After my first meal at Per Se, on my way out, I asked the hostess when the best time to call for a reservation was. She replied that Saturday mornings at 10am they had the least volume. As I was driving to Maine some weeks later, I found myself on the highway on a Saturday, 10am, so I decided to give it try. I got through immediately. Of coarse, it turned out be the most expensive call I ever made - not as great as the first time, but worth it.

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          pizzajunkie RE: tbear Oct 22, 2007 08:41 AM

          thanks, tbear, I'll give it a try! :)

        2. jamielynn RE: Whitemarshjohn Oct 22, 2007 09:55 AM

          I scored a reso there once on a Thursday for that Saturday night at 9pm.
          My trick:
          Have a back up
          Call pretty consistently around 4pm every weekday
          Be super nice to the reservationist
          Put you name on their waiting list.

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