Le SudLe Sud
Why you want to sit here: This cozy corner banquette, which seats up to six, is the perfect spot to pop ham-and-cheese croquettes, sip glasses of wine, and give back to the community. The restaurant will donate 23 percent of your bill to one of five local groups (Audubon School, Lane Tech College Prep High School, Common Pantry, Roscoe Village Neighbors, or Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber).
How to get it: Request this table in your online reservation, along with the organization you wish to support. 2301 W. Roscoe St., Roscoe Village
Seats 7 and 8
Why you want to sit here: The center of the bar offers the best view of the pastificio, where you can watch the theatrics of pasta making via an overhead mirror while you dig into Sarah Grueneberg’s spaghetti al pomodoro. If you can’t nab lucky number 7, seats 1 through 3 offer a view of the dessert station.
How to get them: Bar seats are first come, first served, but make a request on your reservation and the host staff will accommodate if possible. 1020 W. Madison St., Near West Side
Il PorcellinoIl Porcellino
Why you want to sit here: This semicircular booth, which seats up to six, has a few things going for it. Sure, it’s the most spacious in the restaurant, and the pendant light adds romantic ambiance, but you really want it for the prosecco button. Press the button on the wine wall directly behind you, and a red light will flash over the table. When that light goes off, the closest staff member will bring a glass of bubbles your way — stat.
How to get it: Request it when making your reservation. 59 W. Hubbard St., Near North Side
Why you want to sit here: If you can snag a seat at this glam nouvelle French hot spot, you want it to be the right-center raised banquette along the back wall. This table, which seats five comfortably, gives you a bird’s-eye view into the kitchen and of the action at the seafood bar. It’s also set apart from other tables, affording you some privacy.
How to get it: Request it on your OpenTable reservation. 224 N. Michigan Ave., Loop
Seats 15 and 16
Why you want to sit here: You can take in a view of the wood-fired oven from wherever you sit at this West Loop spot, but if you want to feel the heat, ask for this two-seater at the end of the bar. You’ll have a front-row look at the action and get to cozy up with your date.
How to get them: Make a Hearth reservation on Tock, then email email@example.com in advance or speak with the host when you arrive. 951 W. Fulton Market, West Loop