Being able to name-drop the city’s hottest new restaurants is one thing. But getting a table at one of them without selling your soul to the hostess? A whole different ball game.
Two new-to-Chicago apps have recently swooped in to help you get into the spots you thought were booked until July. Here’s how they work.
Table 8 gets its restaurant partners to hold a certain number of prime-time reservations each night. You can browse these via the app, then pay a fee to book. Need a table for four at 7:30 on Saturday night at MK? That'll be $25. What about a romantic two-top at Fulton Market’s buzzy Momotaro? It can be yours for a mere $20.
Reserve is like that magic hotel concierge who can get you in anywhere. It helps you find new restaurants, book the best tables with a tap and get treated like a VIP once you’re there. When you’re ready to settle up with your server at the end of the night, Reserve charges the meal--plus tax, tip and its own $5 fee--to your card on file. No more waiting for the check.