My special friend is moving to Texas early next year to pursue a teaching degree there and I wanted to take her to n/naka because she loves Japanese food and their culture. I wanted to thank her for being my friend after I was going through many years of depression and loneliness.
When I first got my reservation there back in August, I was overly excited because I have been trying for many months with no luck. I was always in front of my computer every Sunday morning refreshing the page every second for 5 minutes before new reservation dates came up. I’ve tried wait-listing, but whenever an e-mail pops up there were no dates available.
This reservation was during Thanksgiving weekend and I haven’t thought that it will be likely that my friend will be visiting her family in Texas for Thanksgiving. So next Sunday, I was able to get another reservation on early December. My friend wasn’t sure that she will be back in CA during that time.
I found someone on Reddit who has a reservation to n/naka on late September, but he recently broke up with his girlfriend so he’s looking to trade for a later date. I traded my Dec 7th for his late September reservation because my friend is free on that date and it’s before they raised their prices on November.
We went there at the end of September and everything was better than what we imagined. Each plating was exquisite and each bite was a joy. I want to keep savoring them as long as I could. I especially loved the A5 Wagyu. Our server Yuna was very friendly and she gave us hugs at the end of our dinner. She even told us that she will ask Chef Nakayama if we can meet her at the end of our dinner. I was as giddy as a child. When Chef Nakayama came out in person, I was frozen still. This is the chef of n/naka who was featured on Chef’s Table and her restaurant exploded in popularity afterwards. I awkwardly asked to take a picture with her then she took a picture with us. She thanked us afterwards. I will never forget that night.
A few days later, someone on Reddit saw my post for my Thanksgiving weekend reservation. He wanted to go there because it was near his girlfriend’s birthday. I’ve been thinking that selling them could help pay for more foodie trips, so I sold it to them. I figured if I could sell more reservations, it could pay off our trip late September so I tried to get more.
Up to last Sunday, I reserved 12/21, 1/31, 2/8. I got 12/14 from a cancellation.
I sold 12/14 to a party of 4 because he wanted to celebrate his wife’s birthday with their 2 friends.
I sold 2/8 because he wanted to give her a great anniversary dinner after forgetting to tell her on their last anniversary until late at night.
The guy who I got the 9/27 reservation from and I traded my 12/7 to, wanted to go to n/naka later since his new girlfriend is available later on in December. So I traded my 12/21 for his 12/7 reservation. No money exchanged.
I was holding onto 12/7 from a Redditor who’s waiting for his next paycheck, but another Redditor saw my posting on LAList and he wanted to purchase it off me because he really wanted to take his special to n/naka since it has been their #1 restaurant on their list ever since they first met and he wanted to go on December because it was on her birthday. He wanted to take her somewhere special, show her how special she is to him whether or not they end up together. It was the cutest thing ever so I sold 12/7 to him.
By then, I almost got enough money from these reservations to pay off our September trip.
I was holding onto the 1/31 reservation, which I plan to take my friend to again because it was exactly on her birthday. I wanted to take her there again because earlier I thought she was leaving CA by the end of this year, then later I learned that she’s leaving early next year.
I was motivated to pay for further foodie trips, and when Yam,Tcha Collaboration Dinner popped up unannounced yesterday morning, I got 7 reservations. I was determined to sell them within the next few weeks to cover our next trip for her birthday.
Tock contacted me because they noticed that I’ve bought and sold multiple reservations on Reddit and warned me to stop. Then n/naka was notified that I was buying and selling them for profit, so they cancelled all of my reservations, even the 1/31 that I was holding onto. They also posted on Reddit, after recently creating an account, that they will not accept any reservations that came from me with the intent of profit.
I am devastated. I have harmed everyone around me. I’ve had meaningful conversations with those 4 men on Reddit who wanted to take their special partner out for a special occasion. The 1 guy who I traded with 2 times (9/27 <-> 12/7) & (12/7 <-> 12/21) might have his reservations cancelled too.
I have refunded everybody back last night and told them that they won’t be attending n/naka on their reservation dates. I have destroyed their trust.
I had plans to go there on New Years Eve for their osechi with my cool cousin or getting a reservation next week that’s closer to my birthday after losing 1/31, but there’s no way I can show my face there again after what I’ve done. I have betrayed their trust after having the most wonderful night of my life.
I have disappointed everyone and I am sorry.