Scoring a Seat
More than 30% of the dining room, including the chef's counter areas, are reserved for walk-ins, so don't let the lack of a reservation intimidate you. "It's not as hard to get in as people make it out to be," says general manager Ryan Anderson.
If you're walking in, a line forms outside every day during the 4 o'clock hour with people looking to get a shot at the first seats, but you can also swing by early, put your name down and head off to a movie at the nearby Kabuki or shop in Japan Center. Reservations, which are made on the restaurant's website, disappear in a flash, but they always post cancellations as they happen, so get into the habit of refreshing the page often if you want a better shot at a reservation. We'll be providing more advice very soon on how to get a table at this perpetually packed restaurant.