Subject: Getting into NY restaurants with a reservation
October's GOURMET magazine has a fascinating article about dining in New York City's finest restaurants without making a reservation. The author, armed with $20, $50, and, in once case, $100, was able to dine immediately and at very good tables at fully-booked-for-weeks-or-months restaurants: Balthazar, Nobu, Le Bernardin, Sparks Steak House, Le Cirque 2000, and Union Sq. Cafe. At Alain Ducasse, with its 16 tables and six-month waiting list, he was able to get a fine table for 2 nights after his arrival by tipping the maitre d' (his strategy in all cases). Interesting. . . Just thought you might like to look at the article in case dining in one of New York's finest restaurants is on your wish list! Lots of moral, ethical questions here--some are appalled by practice, others regard it as simply practical. Cheers, Bill in Baltimore