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#41

By all means, PLEASE report back!


#42

Probably my absolute biggest problem is that I CAN’T just go. I don’t have any insider connections here, the place is super small, and I can’t even figure out when their Resy app refereshes…

Like I know I was being a bit of a snark in the Bestia thread, but I actually do get why a lot of people don’t eat there…I only eat at Bestia because it’s a place you can walk into with SOME potential (potential that fits my lifestyle perfectly).

I’m not pissed off at N/Naka, or going to say it is a restaurant not worth going to like people seem to think Bestia is because of its wait times, but N/Naka is legitimately almost impossible to get into it seems. So adventurers like me as pretty much excluded. I think I am planning on being out of LA in 3 months time, and that is the minimum possible wait time…

It is pretty shocking. I can get a table at any of the 3-michelin star places up in SF within like 2 weeks =/

If I could squeeze in tomorrow night somehow by dining at midnight, or 4:30 or something I would definitely just go to N/Naka. Sigh.


#43

$1,000 per person?


#44

Can you go as a single diner to N/Naka? Or two top minimum?


#45

I suspect if you emailed them, (or even better I believe - dropped in one night when they are serving) and asked if there is a way to dine solo they may accommodate you.
And probably almost any night of your choosing. Likely at the counter (not really a bar but workable). This is pure speculation I never asked. For the hours you usually keep - you would love the late seating. 9-12:30. Ask to speak to Jeffry.


#46

True… Planning that far ahead is probably a deterrent for a lot of people.

As far as being “snarky” goes, don’t worry about it. That keeps things lively.


#47

Unless they have changed their policy since my most recent visit last year, solo diners are welcome and treated with the same care as larger parties.


#48

comparing picking a brain surgeon for a life and death operation to going out to fucking dinner
is like comparing apples to a reasonable discussion of paul newman’s
sports jackets in ‘the hustler.’


#49

Though n/naka costs as much as a craniotomy, but less than Fast Eddy would pay for some trim.


#50

Sorry, no. For two.


#51

bob…have you SEEN fast eddie? trim pays HIM.

c.e.k.


#52

Is that just food?


#53

Nope. As I mentioned above, that includes the wine pairing which I can’t imagine not having :slight_smile:


#54

Wow. I didn’t realize Noma was that cheap! Why all the US places gotta be so spensive?? :frowning:


#55

I had a reservation for two on my birthday this past February. My dining companion had to go out of town for work at the last minute and I couldn’t find another in the 11th hour. I contacted Jeffry and asked if I could dine solo. It was one of my best experiences at n/naka ever. I brought my ipad and planned my March trip to Italy while I was eating a predictably delicious meal. Niki, Jeffry, and the entire staff could not have been more wonderful. It was kind of nice to go by myself one time and just have a few hours to meditate and savor the meal on my own. One of my best birthday meals for sure and I would not hesitate to do it again.


#56

solo birthday dinner at n/naka, an introvert’s dream.


#57

That’s pretty cool. I’m trying to expand my sushi and Japanese food knowledge and was thinking of dining alone for a while. It’s cool that n/naka is laid back enough that you feel comfortable being on your iPad. I’m so curious about this place… In case you haven’t noticed :slight_smile:.


#58

Arigato!


#59

Yeah, thank you for that, I appreciated it a lot. It is nice to understand a bit more about what is going on, because, for example, a dish like that wagyu and foie gras comes across sort of pedestrian in a way without the more subtle contextual cues and composition notes you provided. Much appreciated.


#60

Will be going for a late seating this week, for our first meal, and I’m greatly looking forward to it.