I often find that I enjoy sharing a selection of aps and small plates at dinner with friends. You get some of the more creative offerings without filling up on the starchy sides. This is pretty common in NY now, but I am wodering if an old school waiter at a place like Commander's Palace might be miffed at such behavior on a busy weekend night.... Cant wait to visit for New Years.
I've never gotten the impression that anyone was miffed when I ordered a few apps instead of an entree. It generally works out to about the same tab. Galatoire's in particular is pretty used to people doing this, I think. Also, Domenica's menu is almost all small plates, I went there recently with a group and we were all impressed with everything we got.