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Ask Eater: Is a Resy Contract Really Necessary

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We received an email yesterday from a reader who was a tad perplexed by Parlor Steakhouse's resy policy:

"I called three weeks in advance to reserve a table for 6 on a Saturday @ 8:00 PM. I was called every three days to confirm, then I was sent a contract on the Thursday before. Here is the Kicker. THEY WERE HALF FULL."

This isn't the first time we've received emails about reservation contracts, and a number of restaurants across the city use them for big parties. But we have to ask, are they an appropriate way to guard against last minute cancellations? Or are they simply excessive, a nuisance, especially given the fact that other restaurants (Ko, Per Se, Allen & Delancey, for example) take credit card info without the hassle of a contract?
· Resy Policies: South Gate's Large Party Rules [~E~]
· Ask Eater: Why Do They Need My Phone Number to Check Availability [~E~]

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