I think I know the secret to getting a table at Lucali's -- no muss, no fuss.
Show up early.
Twice now I've walked in at 6:30pm -- once on a Tuesday and once on a Thursday -- and both times the place has been 75% empty. Empty!
But within 15 minutes every single table is taken and within 30 minutes there's a clutch of 10 people waiting for a table.
Bottom line -- Lucali's is a special place. Make the time to get there a little early. :)
Oh, and I got word on the corkage fee from Mark himself. It's $4 per table. No matter how many people, no matter how many bottled of wine. $4. Seems pretty darned reasonable to me!