ARGH - just got off the phone with yet another incredibly vague and unhelpful reservationist at Peter Luger and need to vent ...
I'm no restaurant novice but I can't figure out any kind of rhyme or reason to the reservations policy at Peter Luger. I'm looking for a nice dinner on a Saturday evening - but no matter what Saturday night I want to go, no matter how far in advance I call, my choices always seem to be along the lines of a 3pm table and a 10pm table.
I ask them what their policy is - how far in advance they start accepting reservations and when I should call - and I can't get a straight answer. They say things like "well, for July we might get the reservation book sometime in late May so maybe try calling then." And whenever I take them at their word and call when they say I should they just telling me the same thing - "oh, we're really booked that night - it's a saturday you know! - so I can give you something at 3:30 or something at 10:30 ... which would you prefer?"
Truly, I'm no amateur here - I'm the guy my friends come to when they need a table at Nobu or Daniel or Union Square - and I'm generally able to get good tables at good times at these places because they all have a reservations policy that they are able to explain to me and I know if I want a table at 8pm on a Friday night, I call at 9am a month before, and they can help me! Is there some sort of Rao's thing going on at Luger? Are prime weekend dinner times are reserved for VIPs and they just squeeze the rest of us in before and after? Two years in a row I wanted to have my birthday dinner aty Luger, and two years in a row I was utterly unsuccessful at booking something at a reasonable time. I'm prepared to jump through hoops. I'm prepared to plan months in advance. I just want to have one of these damn steaks I've heard so much about!
Does anybody know the secret?