There are as many ways to procure a table at a restaurant as there are to cook an egg. Sometimes you simply walk in off the street and ask to be seated, and you're instantly given a spot. At other times, that approach means you will wait for an hour or more, jammed into a crowded bar or in a queue that stretches into the street. A lot of restaurants let diners make advance reservations, and some go so far as to sell seats for each evening's prix fixe meal as individual tickets, as at a concert. Each approach has its pros and cons, both to the diner and to the restaurant—some of which benefit one group at... More >>>