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Impossible-to-Book Restaurants?

Jim Leff | Mar 11, 2017 10:05 AM

I probably shouldn't publicly reveal this secret, but one of my great joys is blizzard dining.

I go to restaurants one normally can't get into, waltz to the table of my choice, and treat it as casually as a meal at Sizzler. I've never mustered the chutzpah to open my laptop and work at-table, but that'd be the ultimate expression of my blizzard dining credo. Blizzard dining has nothing to do with normal dining. It's a whole other thing. It's about luxuriating in the reversal of the standard supply/demand equation in super-popular restaurants.

It's supposed to blizzard on Tuesday, and I need to be in town that night anyway to watch "The Americans" (pretty much the highlight of my week).

Can anyone suggest a restaurant anywhere in east 20s, 30's or 40's that's normally booked solid months in advance, which we can crash? Needless to say, it must be GREAT and not just popular. Expensive's ok (blizzards are rare), but not super-expensive.

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