- visiting manhattan Sep 20, 2000 04:21 PM
I have a Saturday Night reservation for 2 people at Veritas, but the only times we could get non-smoking were 6 pm or 10 pm. Being a staid Midwesterner, I took 6 pm (think of me as if Garrison Keilor were a blonde girl...)
Anyway, as the beautiful people come in for their 7:30 (etc) reservations, will we feel rushed? I don't necessarily like to linger over coffee, but I always have about 1/2 a glass of wine to savor after my main meal is done.
Funny you should ask. I have not been to Veritas but I recently enjoyed a 5:30 res. at Babbo. (It was that or 10:30) I was surprised that we had the table til 8:30!! It was Tuesday, though.
But, no, a good restaurant will not rush you simpley because it's earlier. Actually, while not faster necessarily, I have found early res.s to be so pleasent, the staff so alert and refreshed, everything working like a well-oiled clock.
Good luck...I wouldn't worry.
P.S. I can't even begin to figure out how they juggle the res.s at these places!!
They won't be likely to rush you any more than they would an eight o'clock reservation. In fact, you'd probably be less likely to be rushed. I think they'd expect to "turn" your table once that night, giving it to another party at 8:30 or 9.
I realize this post comes after the fact, but, as a general rule, when faced with such conundrums, I have always found it helpful to talk to the reservationist. Doing so for example saved me from accepting an early seating at March where I would have been unable to sample the grand tasting menu.
Indeed, I have found that the best way to deal with most questions and problems one has while dining out is to bring them up quickly and politely.