Four Steps to the Perfect Power Lunch

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Don't reserve online.

Julian Niccolini is the co-owner of the Four Seasons restaurant in New York City, and he's been in the restaurant business since 1977. His advice for getting a prime table? Make and confirm your reservation with a human being. This allows you to confirm your seating preferences—you want a table where other people aren’t going to hear your conversation—and make sure the restaurant has the name of your guest, too. That helps things go smoothly.