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Enter to Win a Table for 2 at Randy Krishna’s in NYC on 9/17 in the #FantasyRestaurant Giveaway

randy_social_promo_UPDATE_croppedLucky Peach recently offered diners first-come, first-served reservations for opening night at chef Akhtar Nawab’s Randy Krishna’s Tandoori Steakhouse in New York. The restaurant will feature irreverent mash-ups of north Indian standbys and steakhouse favorites, centered around Nawab’s signature spice-rubbed, tandoori-blasted ribeyes, along with updates on classic side dishes, such as creamed saag paneer and biryani onion rings.

Reservations were snapped up quickly, but you can still join in on the delicious fun. Enter to win one of five tables for two on September 17, 2015, in the OpenTable 2015 Randy Krishna’s NYC #FantasyRestaurant Giveaway! To enter, share your fantasy restaurant concept with us by using the hashtag #FantasyRestaurant and tagging @opentable via Facebook*, Instagram, or Twitter. Be sure to follow @OpenTable on the corresponding social network, so we may contact you via direct message if you’re a winner.

Each business day, we’ll be giving away five tables for two for a 9:30PM seating on September 17, 2015, starting Tuesday, September 1, 2015, through Saturday, September 5, 2015 (one table per day). One entry per social network per person per entry day allowed.

The #FantasyRestaurant giveaway is your opportunity to experience the restaurant that has recently been voted America’s Next Best Restaurant by Lucky Peach.

Entrants should check their direct messages on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter each morning after 10AM PT during the giveaway period so we can award your prize quickly. The full terms and conditions are after the jump.

* To enter on Facebook, upload photos from an existing album or your desktop to the OpenTable page.

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The Waldorf Salad: History, New Twists on a Classic + a Refresh Recipe Contest

The Waldorf salad has a history almost as storied as that of its namesake hotel, and it is an enduring item on the menus at Bull & Bear Steakhouse, Oscar’s, and Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria in New YorkDive into the salad’s delicious past and learn about new dishes and drink inspired by this sublime salad. Then, get details on the “California Walnuts Waldorf Salad Refresh Recipe Contest” happening on Pinterest for a chance to win $5,000 and a trip to New York City — and to have your recipe featured on the legendary Waldorf Astoria menu!

When I was growing up, my maternal grandmother kept a framed illustration of a Waldorf salad recipe on the wall of her cozy Bronx kitchen. Even though her picture dated back to the seventies, my younger self was surprised to learn the dish predated it by many decades. My nana, as we called her, never made me the apple-celery-walnut-and-mayonnaise salad in the picture, but when I first sampled a forkful of its crisp, cool, and creamy goodness at a restaurant, I was hooked, just like other eaters have been for more than a century. It reminded me of a sweet-ish version of another culinary stalwart I adore: the savory Olivier salad with its diced potatoes, carrots, peas, and — yep! — mayonnaise. Olivier salad dates from the mid-nineteenth century, and it’s entirely plausible that it inspired the Waldorf salad thirty short years later.

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Just three years after the Waldorf Hotel opened its doors in 1893 in its original location, and a year prior to joining with the Astoria Hotel (connected then by Peacock Alley), maître d’hôtel Oscar Tschirsky (1866-1950), known as Oscar of the Waldorf, invented the namesake Waldorf salad for its first-ever banquet. The recipe was also included in his cookbook published in the same year. The original recipe, written in a very Escoffier-esque way (pictured above). called for diced apples and celery dressed with mayonnaise. It apparently proved popular with the famed French chef, as he created his own version that, according to current Waldorf Astoria executive chef David Garcelon, included walnuts.

Since the superfood that is walnuts first added their crunch to this beloved salad, the dish has undergone several iterations in the 100 years it has been continuously served on all of the hotel restaurant menus. Garcelon says, “I believe it was my predecessor, chef John Doherty, who added black truffle and used crème fraîche in the dressing, as well as the combination of red and green apples.” Garcelon revisited the recipe again in 2012 — with care and caution. “My foremost concern in refreshing the recipe is that it is, by far, our biggest selling dish in every outlet. So I wanted to update it but not make a drastic change. Also, I think it is important to keep the foundation of the dish rooted in the original version,” he says.

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Enter the #MomsFaveMeal Mother’s Day Giveaway!

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You’re invited to treat Mom to a meal on us this Mother’s Day! Enter to win one of 10 $150 OpenTable Gift cards in the OpenTable Mom’s Favorite Meal Mother’s Day Giveaway! Share photos of your Mom’s favorite food with @OpenTable on Facebook*, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #MomsFaveMeal. We welcome you to share foods that remind you of your mom, her favorite restaurant, dining experience, or culinary creation, also. Be sure to follow @OpenTable so we can contact you directly if you win.

Each business day, we’ll be giving away one $150 OpenTable Gift card, starting Monday, April 27, 2015, through Friday, May 8, 2015. One entry per social network per person per entry period allowed.

The #MomsFaveMeal giveaway is a heartfelt way to celebrate the mom or mother figure in your life. Remember to tag/credit the chef or restaurant in your post

Entry examples: “Check out #MomsFaveMeal @OpenTable” or “.@OpenTable The carrot-avocado salad @ABCKitchen is my #MyMomsFaveMeal”

Be sure to check your direct messages on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter each day every evening so we can award your prize quickly. The full terms and conditions are after the jump.

And, don’t forget to reserve a table for Mother’s Day on May 10th! And, to make the day extra special, book a table at one of 2015  Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America.

* To enter on Facebook, upload photos from an existing album or your desktop to the OpenTable page.

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Pull Up a Chair: #100opentables Inside Look

ICYMI (which seems impossible), on April 9, 2015, 100 restaurants in 30 cities around the world hosted nearly 350 diners for once-in-a-lifetime #100opentables dining experiences. If you didn’t score a seat — or even if you did — check out snippets from these unique meals and find out why the #100opentables night was, and OpenTable is, all about what happens around the table.