Don't look for Lucia on
Hoping for a prime-time May reservation, I started dialing on April 1 at 9 a.m., got through to voicemail at 9:04 and left a phone number (not my own). Co-owner Jennifer Uygur returned the call at 2 p.m., offering a number of evenings and times. Bingo, a Friday- night table was mine – on May 13 at 7:30. (I've since canceled it.)
Not so good at planning ahead? You might luck into a table if you check Lucia's Facebook page, where cancellations are sometimes posted. I've recently booked last-minute tables that way. Or you may get lucky if you call during the week and don't mind a very early or late midweek table. "The more flexible people can be on time," says Jennifer, "the more likely we'll be able to accommodate them. If people don't get the reservation date they're looking for, it's worth it to have us put their name down on a wait list. We use our wait lists all the time ... after all, cancellations do happen."
Meanwhile, the four seats at the counter facing the kitchen are held