Top Tables

The first three rules of real estate—location, location, location—also are good guidelines when dining out

We all know a bad restaurant table when we see it: a lopsided slab crammed into a dark, noisy corner in front of a busy service bay or the kitchen’s swinging doors. If you want the best dining experience, you have to know the best seat in the house. Ask for a specific table by number; there are no guarantees, but good restaurants will make every effort to honor your request. It’s worth snagging the perfect table when you’re celebrating a special birthday or want to impress a client. Here are prime tables for just about every occasion.