Have you ever tried to score a table at a hot new restaurant, only to be told the wait list is three months out? OpenTable exec Caroline Potter has a tip for getting into notoriously busy restaurants.
"The most common mistake that people make when they're trying to get a reservation at a hotspot is that everybody wants to dine out on Saturday night -- table for two or table for four at 8'oclock -- and there's just not enough inventory to meet demand," Potter says.
So what's the best night of the week to get a reservation? "Tuesday is the new Saturday," Potter says. Last-minute reservations and multiple time slots are more likely to be available on this weekday night.
"I love mid-week dining because you enjoy a much more relaxed dining experience," she adds. That means more time for leisurely conversation, chatting with the sommelier, and Instagramming your plate without getting an eye roll from the party of four waiting to be seated.