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5 Apps That Will Help You Secure the Perfect Restaurant Reservation

Are you tired of trying to score a reservation at that popular restaurant you've been dying to try? Well, you're not alone. The good news is that there are now several apps and websites available...

Are you tired of trying to score a reservation at that popular restaurant you've been dying to try? Well, you're not alone. The good news is that there are now several apps and websites available that can help you secure those coveted tables at the city's most buzzed-about restaurants. Of course, convenience comes at a price, but for food enthusiasts, it's all worth it.

Making Dining Dreams Come True

According to Ben Leventhal, co-founder of the reservation-getting app Resy, "Customers want anything they can think of at their fingertips, and that certainly includes great restaurants. Just like Uber, we're selling time." So, if you're willing to pay a little extra, you can have the dining experience of your dreams.

On a recent Monday, The Post tested out some of these new services to see if they lived up to the hype. Here's what we found:

Resy: Your Ticket to Exclusive Dining

An octopus dish from Claudette

Resy, launched in June by social media entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk and eater.com founder Ben Leventhal, is a mobile app available for both iPhone and Android users. It boasts partnerships with 75 of the city's top restaurants, offering you a wide variety of options. Prices for reservations range from $2 to $50 per person, depending on the popularity of the restaurant.

During our taste test, we managed to snag a reservation at the charming Italian spot, Frankies 570, at a prime time. However, not all the reservations available on Resy were better than what we could book on our own. So, while it's great for last-minute plans and has an impressive selection of NYC hot spots, you can still score reservations without the app.

Shout: The Craigslist of Reservations

Restaurateur Danny Meyer

Shout, launched by two Columbia grads, Zachariah Reitano and Henri Stern, is an iPhone-only app that functions like the Craigslist of reservation apps. People can sell or offer their reservations, and you can even search for reservations by restaurant name. Prices on Shout range from $7 to over $50.

During our taste test, we were able to secure a reservation at Marta, Danny Meyer's acclaimed new pizza place, despite the restaurant claiming to be fully booked. Shout also had some great options at other restaurants, but we found that we could often get similar reservations on our own. However, if you're looking for nearly-impossible-to-get reservations, Shout might be worth a try.

Zurvu: Affordable Reservations at Your Fingertips

A revamped egg roll at Fung Tu

Zurvu, launched by David Levin, offers an affordable option with reservations priced at $5 per person. The site has partnerships with more than 66 restaurants, allowing you to choose from available options or join a waitlist.

During our taste test, we managed to secure a reservation at the popular Mexican restaurant, Cosme, even though their own website claimed to be fully booked. However, we found that some reservations could be easily obtained by calling the restaurant directly. Despite this, Zurvu offers a good selection of restaurants at an affordable price.

Killer Rezzy: Exclusive and Mysterious

A trio of dishes at Gato

Killer Rezzy, launched by entrepreneur Sasha A. Tcherevkoff, offers exclusive reservations in cooperation with seven undisclosed restaurants. In addition to these exclusive reservations, members can also sell their own reservations, allowing you to experience the restaurant under someone else's name.

During our taste test, we managed to secure reservations at Red Rooster and Bobby Flay's Gato, despite the restaurants claiming to be fully booked. However, the availability of reservations was limited and inconsistent. While Killer Rezzy has potential, it currently offers too few restaurants and nights to be a truly appealing option.

Happy: Happy Hour Anytime, Anywhere

Happy app

And if you're looking for more than just dinner reservations, there's an app for that too. Happy is an app that puts happy hour in your pocket. No more missing out on those discounted drinks due to late nights at the office or a hectic schedule. The app allows you to enjoy the happy hour specials at participating bars at any time of the day.

Currently available in the East Village, Lower East Side, Williamsburg, and Fort Greene, Happy is expanding to more areas soon. So, if you're a fan of happy hours, this app is a must-have.

Conclusion: Choose Wisely

While these apps and websites can help you secure reservations at some of the city's most sought-after restaurants, it's important to choose wisely. Some reservations may not be worth the extra cost, especially if you can secure them on your own. However, for last-minute plans or hard-to-get reservations, these services can be a lifesaver.

So, the next time you're craving a unique dining experience or hoping to impress your friends with a reservation at the trendiest spot in town, give these apps a try. Who knows, you might just find yourself dining like an A-list celebrity.

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