Hot tables frequently involve sucking up to a Maitre d' who you vaguely recognize as "Maitre D'" from Season 3 of Two And A Half Men. Put yourself in charge with Table Pronto.
Just launched in LA, Table Pronto creates a market for the most coveted reservations in town, put up for sale by honest cancellers, or flinty-eyed reservers who made their bones scalping Aerosmith tickets. Using it's simple: choose a restaurant and immediately you'll get available tables; search by options including party size, days/times your interested in, and amount you're willing to pay (how bad do you really want that promotion/marriage to come through?). Key your credit card, and you'll get an email with the name of the table donor, who hopefully won't be named Francis, or "Malibu."