Highly Anticipated Restaurant Sushi Nakazawa Chooses SeatMe for Online Reservations in Advance of Opening

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Sushi Nakazawa joins other New York City restaurants in choosing SeatMe to effortlessly take online reservations and manage capacity, for one low flat monthly fee.

SeatMe, a leading provider of online restaurant reservation software and front of house management tools that help restaurants fill more tables, announced today that highly anticipated Manhattan restaurant Sushi Nakazawa has selected SeatMe for its complete restaurant management and online reservations solution. Sushi Nakazawa is a brand-new restaurant opening at the end of August in Manhattan. Sushi Nakazawa is helmed by a veteran of acclaimed sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. The restaurant will use SeatMe to manage its considerable reservation waitlist.

Prior to signing up with SeatMe earlier in August, Sushi Nakazawa was using a manual process to manage reservations made through their website, which increased significantly after press coverage in the New York Times. Such a manual system created increased complexity for the hosts and general manager, because it lacked a table management component. As a result, after reservation requests were received, they had to be manually placed at a table, making the task of seating every diner at their desired slot very time consuming.

After the full dining room opens later this year, Sushi Nakazawa will be able to take advantage of some of SeatMe’s more advanced table management tools, like the ability to automatically combine nearby tables to increase the restaurant’s ability to accept larger party reservations. With auto-join tables, Sushi Nakazawa can designate certain tables to combine -- so, for example, two two-person tables next to each other can be offered to a four-person reservation online. And though it’s unlikely Sushi Nakazawa will ever not be filled to capacity from reservations alone, should they accept walk-ins, they will be able to use SeatMe’s waitlist management features to text walk-in diners when their tables are ready, track wait times, and more.

To further customize each dining experience, with SeatMe, Sushi Nakazawa can maintain a guest book filled with dining histories for each diner they serve. Sushi Nakazawa can track allergies, special occasions, ordering preferences, and more, to deliver a customized experience every time, and ensure that every guest is treated like a VIP.

Getting started with SeatMe was easy for Sushi Nakazawa. After subscribing for the flat monthly fee of $99, they were accepting reservations on their website within hours. Because SeatMe can be used on virtually any device that connects to the Internet, and there are no additional fees or long-term contracts, set up was a cinch. Perhaps most importantly, for a restaurant as popular as Sushi Nakazawa, SeatMe charges no per-cover fee for reservations, regardless of where they originate, unlike competing services. There’s also a fourteen-day SeatMe free trial period for restaurants to try the system, with no credit card required (though a credit card is required to begin accepting online reservations).

“Highly anticipated, high-end restaurants like Sushi Nakazawa are perfect fits for SeatMe,” said Alexander Kvamme, SeatMe’s Founder and CEO. “There’s no reason they should pay per-cover fees for diners that are seeking them out, and SeatMe’s advanced features can help them deliver the level of service they and their diners expect.”

About SeatMe
SeatMe, headquartered in San Francisco, CA is a leading provider of online restaurant management tools, allowing restaurants everywhere to fill more tables and increase check sizes by accepting online reservations and managing walk-in diners via an intuitive iPad and Web interface. SeatMe offers a variety of advanced features to help restaurants of all sizes, regardless of whether or not they take reservations. SeatMe helps restaurants manage all of their guests and front of house services, without charging any per-diner or equipment fees, at a flat monthly rate.

About Sushi Nakazawa
Daisuke Nakazawa, who apprenticed with the chef Jiro Ono and appeared in the film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” brings his expertise to this omakase restaurant with a 10-seat sushi bar and a dining room. It is owned by Maurizio de Rosa and Alessandro Borgognone, restaurateurs who had the idea after Mr. de Rosa studied sake and decided to open a sushi restaurant serving omakase tastings paired with sake. Until September, only the sushi bar will be open (Monday): 23 Commerce Street (Seventh Avenue), (212) 924-2212.

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