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10/3/12

Moderator Note (Andy): this was originally posted on 4/24/12
With full time recruiting well out of the way, I thought I would address a more pressing issue at hand- What are you going to blow all that front-office cash on? We all hear about the usual models bottles thing, but flashing coin in the club is so 2007.

I, for one, truly enjoy a great meal. In all honestly, I would much rather spend a few hundred on a dinner date than fist pumping with the boys at the club. So, how does a 20-something-year-old-analyst get into NYC's top restaurants? Apparently, the answer is to bribe your way in.

Take it from Bruce Feller of gourmet.com, a man brave enough to find out if greasing the palms of New York City's maitre d's would really get him into top restaurants like Daniel, Union Square Cafe, Nobu, and Balthazar. The short answer is, yes, bribing works with astonishing ease. Through his little social experiment, he came up with 10 tips that will surely get you and your date past the wait and seated in less than 20 minutes.

gourmet.com:
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1. Go. You'd be surprised what you can get just by showing up
2. Dress appropriately. Your chances improve considerably if you look like you belong.
3. Don't feel ashamed. They don't. You shouldn't.
4. Have the money ready. Pre-folded, in thirds or fourths, with the amount showing.
5. Identify the person who's in charge, even if you have to ask.
6. Isolate the person in charge. Ask to speak with that person, if necessary.
7. Look the person in the eye when you slip him the money. Don't look at the money.
8. Be specific about what you want. "Do you have a better table?" "Can you speed up my wait?" A good fallback: "This is a really important night for me."
9. Tip the maitre d' on the way out. if he turned down the money but still gave you a table.
10. Ask for the maitre d's card as you're leaving. .You are now one of his best customers.

Well, I guess you could also make a reservation a month in advance, but that's certainly no fun. So, grab a gold digging shiksa and try it out, who knows who you might be seated next to.

Have any monkeys here tried to bribe your way into a club or restaurant?

Comments (62)

4/25/12

Just use f'ing Opentable or call the restaurant. I was able to get a table for two at ABC kitchen for tomorrow night at 9:30 for 2 this morning. Is 9:30 the best time in the world? Actually it's a good time for me and for most people who actually work on this website. I also called Locanda Verde yesterday and was able to get a table for two at 10. Also not the best time, but not worth pulling a Wal Mart to get a table an hour earlier.

4/25/12

This is one advantage China has over NYC. If you want to go to Nobu, you just call and make a reservation for the next night, no problem... the scene has yet to be saturated.

In reply to SC911
4/25/12

SC911:
53rd and 6th..

Its about time someone mentioned this place. The cheapest and it fills you up. Best ROI? But the line does take some time. But not bad for 6 dollars. I religiously go to pick up food from here. No need to bribe the guy. LOL

In reply to jpmoranmonkeysachs
4/26/12

jpmoranmonkeysachs:
SC911:
53rd and 6th..

Its about time someone mentioned this place. The cheapest and it fills you up. Best ROI? But the line does take some time. But not bad for 6 dollars. I religiously go to pick up food from here. No need to bribe the guy. LOL


Yeah, same thing with lunches. People always want to go to a place and drop $100 for a two person meal, but I get just as much out of getting a slice of pizze, relaxing, and talking openly. In my way of thinking, big fancy restaurants are for special occaisions, a way of marking something BIG/SPECIAL in your head. When you start making a lifestyle out of the special, you just end up getting jaded and taking it all for granted. How do you celebrate something important when every day is a party?

Or again, maybe I just don't "get it".

Get busy living

4/26/12

-scribble scribble-

Thanks for the tips, fellers. Any more good eats?

In reply to UFOinsider
4/26/12

UFOinsider:
jpmoranmonkeysachs:
SC911:
53rd and 6th..

Its about time someone mentioned this place. The cheapest and it fills you up. Best ROI? But the line does take some time. But not bad for 6 dollars. I religiously go to pick up food from here. No need to bribe the guy. LOL


Yeah, same thing with lunches. People always want to go to a place and drop $100 for a two person meal, but I get just as much out of getting a slice of pizze, relaxing, and talking openly. In my way of thinking, big fancy restaurants are for special occaisions, a way of marking something BIG/SPECIAL in your head. When you start making a lifestyle out of the special, you just end up getting jaded and taking it all for granted. How do you celebrate something important when every day is a party?

Or again, maybe I just don't "get it".

Some people are into music, movies, TV, video games, watches, crack, etc. Food is just one of those things a lot of people are into.

In reply to Angus Macgyver
4/26/12

Angus Macgyver:
-scribble scribble-

Thanks for the tips, fellers. Any more good eats?

Everything you need to know is here:
http://ny.eater.com/archives/2012/04/eater_38_3.php

The only three restaurants I would add to the list is Babbo, the Breslin and DBGB

In reply to Angus Macgyver
4/26/12

Angus Macgyver:
-scribble scribble-

Thanks for the tips, fellers. Any more good eats?


If you haven't had one yet, Levain cookies. Kind of off topic from the rest of the thread, but I also really want one right now.
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