Reservations
  • you have to go to the restaurant beforehand and talk with the maitre d' about what the best tables are then see them for yourself because best is subjective
  • the earlier the better
  • Calling the restaurant or walking in from the street can often be the starting point for negotiations.
  • "A reservation guarantees a table. Which table that is all depends,"
  • Generally, throne-like banquettes and raised tables confer status,
  • while any seat next to a noisy waiters' station is an insult.
  • Being removed from the action is no good, either:
  • The universal worst table, he says, remains "anywhere beside the washroom."
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