Reservation at Cochon?
I'll be in NO this coming week and have been busily perusing this board for recommendations.
I made a rez at Commanders Palace for lunch and am looking at smaller places like Felix, etc.
Would we need a reservation for Cochon on a Friday night (8pm -ish) this time of year? I would like to play it by ear but don't want to miss out!
It probably would be best to call ahead, especially for a peak time like 7:30 or 8. I've called Cochon requesting a reservation, only to be offered a seating at 9:00 or later (which I declined). I came in, without a reservation, and only had to wait about 20 minutes at the bar, and was seated at about 7:30 anyway for a table for two. If you call today they probably have tables for Friday, it seems like they only fill up by Tuesday or Wednesday anyway. That's subject to any big events in town, but I've been there a number of times and that's my experience thus far. Let us know how it works out!
Make one through Open Table. (If you're not a "member," you have to register, but it's free, and easy, and a great anytime resource for making restaurant reservations in cities everywhere. You can cancel easily online--or by phone if you're w/out internet access.)
Quick comment on OpenTable, it can be a bit rough on the restaurant. Apparently (at least here in Seattle) the restaurant allocates tables to them, you aren't pulling from the pool of all tables. Yes, this means that OT might show no reservations available, but if you call the restaurant they have tables open... It also goes the other way, you might show up to eat, see tables empty, and be asked to wait because those tables are being held for potential Open Table reservations.
Long story short, if you want a specific time, it's smart to check both with the restaurant and with OpenTable.
(Just some advice that was given to me by a Seattle restaurant owner who uses OpenTable... he asked that I call the restaurant first, as every reservation that goes through OpenTable results in a payment to OT)