My husband and I were surprised years ago when we moved up from NYC that you actually had to make dinner reservations sometimes far in advance for the “better” restaurants up here in Westchester County. But, then as time went on, we realized that the proportion of restaurants vs # of patrons who wanted to dine at them was small, and thus we try to call! But, there are times when you can’t plan two weeks in advance and just want to celebrate some special occasion, or you are just in the mood for that one dish that a particular restaurant serves. So, you call and they say: I’m sorry, but all we have is 5:00 pm or 9:00 pm. I am sure all of you have experienced that at places like Red Hat Bistro in Irvington, or X2oXaviers in Yonkers to name a few. You ask if you can be put on a waiting list, which they agree to but rarely call.
By then, you have tracked down a restaurant that you, and possibly your other friends, can go to at 6:00-6:30 pm! That magic 7-8 pm time slot is hard to find last minute! Y ou get to the restaurant at 6:15ish with your friends, and you are having a leisurely dinner, which lasts till around 8:00 pm. During that time if you happen to be sitting near the front (like we were at Lusardi’s in Larchmont one night), a foursome walks in and asks if they can be seated at 7:15 pm. The maitre’d asks if have reservations. They say, No. He looks around (and of course sees there are a few empty tables and seats them!). Okay, so I am not sure that they leave a few open tables for walk-ins..BUT, if you were one of the people who had a reservation, and did not cancel it, we could have had that 7:15 pm slot!
Yes, sometimes things happen. We get caught at work in the city; a friend cancels on us last minute because they don’t feel well; you booked two restaurants because you didn’t know what your taste buds would be; or you just feel like staying home. BUT, PLEASE JUST CANCEL YOUR RESERVATIONS! You will appreciate it in return if someone else does.
Author:Thomas Ricapito Phone: 914-804-3048 Dated: October 12th 2013 Views: 13,977 About Thomas: I got into real estate sales by accident in 2006. At the time, I recently earned a Bachelor's Degre...
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