Getting Into NYC Restaurants Without Reservations

Getting into NYC Restaurants Without Reservations

If you are visiting NYC and want to maximize your chances of getting into a hot restaurant without reservations, what should you do? Go there for lunch during the week. Here's why: The place probably won't be crowded. Places I've had to wait over an hour to get into for dinner during the week have been completely dead at Friday during lunch. I was one of 10 people at one of my favorites places at 12:30, the middle of the lunch rush. You can chat with the staff without them…

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Third Anniversary

Third Anniversary

Three years ago today the idea for Cook Like Chuck was born. Amanda, Sean Nelson, and I were sitting on Sean's couch in Boston, watching Bob's Burgers, and making sangria for a party Sean was going to the next day. Sean said, "You know, you should do a food blog. You could call it Cook Like Chuck."  We all had a good laugh at the name, but after some prodding by both Amanda and Sean over the next few hours, I bought the domain on that very couch and set up the site…

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On Meal Planning

On Meal Planning

After overeating for the past two months, people are starting to think about slimming down for summer. Others are cooking more to save money after spending too much over the holidays. If this is you, planning is key. Don't depend on your willpower to make good decisions all the time. It is far too easy to order pizza or pick up a sandwich from the corner. Instead, use your willpower when you have it to plan ahead for the times you don't. Here is what I do.   Shop first,…

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