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MiniBar: How Many Calls Before You Were Able To Get A Reservation?


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MiniBar: How Many Calls Before You Were Able To Get A Reservation?

Joe H | Jun 15, 2010 05:26 AM

This is the most difficult reservation in the United States: six seats, two seatings and one month to the day that I am told books up witin five minutes of the 10:00AM start time. We've been once in the past and this was before Jose Andres' Made in Spain show first appeared. It was difficult enough then!

Everyday (when MiniBar will be open one month out) my wife and I start with two cell phones and two house phones calling @9:58. Consistently the phone is answered and a lengthy recording essentially directs us to call back @10:00AM which we dutifully do without any hesitation. At 10:00AM the busy signals start-when we can even get a signal; often there is no connection at all. At 10:10 we give up. Yes, we're already on the waiting list but we were on the waiting list before. Five or six times and never once were called.

We'll keep calling and sooner or later we'll get through. But in the meantime I'm just curious for others' stories of how many times they had to call before getting a reservation?

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