6 restaurants that are almost harder to get into than Harvard

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El Celler de Can Roca

The moment El Celler de Can Roca was listed as the number one restaurant in the world by San Pellegrino, bookings went through the roof.

Since then, reservations can only be made online… at midnight (Spanish time)… on the first of every month… 11 months in advance.

Open spots fill up within minutes, so speedy typists with super quick broadband are rewarded.

For those not in the know, the Catalan restaurant is the brainchild of the culinary gifted Roca brothers: Joan, Jordi and Josep.

Their multiple-course tasting menus is also a multi-sensory event, with dishes that can double for modern art.

El Celler de Can Roca | C/ Can Sunyer, 46, 17007, Girona Spain

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare

Manhattan has a handful of three-star Michelin restaurants to choose from.

Brooklyn has just one, and it just may be the toughest spot in the city to score a seat.

Then again, there are only 18 of them, and the 15-course tasting menu means there’s not a lot of turnover on a given night.

Reservations open every Monday at 10:30 a.m. for tables six weeks down the line, and they go quick, so you better be first on the line and quick with the redial button should you get a busy signal.

Damon Baehrel

Self-taught chef Damon Baehrel runs his eponymous restaurant in the basement of his home, where he considers his patrons guests rather than customers.

He is the very definition of a one-man enterprise.

“He’s not only the James Beard-nominated chef, but also the server, grower, native plant expert, forager, cheesemaker, pine-needle-curated-meat maker, wine specialist, carpenter… et cetera, et cetera,” notes Baehrel’s reservation representative.

Baehrel’s meals include 15 courses and can run over five hours.

They’re regularly described as out of this world.

Alas, if you want a reservation, you’re pretty much out of luck. Baehrel stopped accepting them in April 2014.

Even with no new reservations, the place is fully booked through 2025.

That said, extreme perseverance is — very occasionally — rewarded.

The most loyal guests from the waiting list — those that have waited the longest and that check in from time to time, are sometimes lucky enough to take part in one-off private seatings when Baehrel’s schedule allows.



Frequently topping San Pellegrino’s World’s Best Restaurant list, Noma — predictably — is also inundated with reservation requests.

Arve Krognes, Noma’s PR and administration coordinator, estimates the venue receives thousands of booking requests every month.

“On a normal Saturday, we might have a couple of thousand people registered on our waiting list,” he admits.

There is a very small window to make a booking (the first Monday of every month, three months ahead of schedule), and tables for two to four people are usually booked within a few hours.

“It’s usually easier to get hold of a reservation if you are a group of six or more,” concedes Krognes.

Reservations for 2016 will be nigh impossible, unless patrons are willing to book a long flight; Noma Copenhagen will close from January through April 2016 while head chef Rene Redzepi moves the enterprise to Sydney, Australia for a 10-week pop-up.

Franklin Barbecue

Ever since Bon Appetit magazine dubbed this Austin, Texas haunt the country’s best barbecue, lines have been out the door.

Though the lunch-only spot opens at 11 a.m., co-owner Stacy Franklin admits that on weekends, customers arrive as early at 6 a.m. No matter what time you arrive, though, you’ll likely wait at least four hours.

“People bring chairs and coolers and throw footballs in the parking lot. We’ve even seen people bring card tables to keep them occupied,” she says.

If you don’t fancy lining up at dawn for lunch, Franklin recommends dropping by on their “slow” days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Even then, she says, it’s best to be prepared.

“I would suggest driving by one day around 9 a.m. just to see what you’re in for. Most people do not mind waiting as long as they know what to expect.”

Source: cnn.com

Written by: New Generation Radio

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