Galatoire's - Upstairs Ok?
Have read so much about downstairs at Galatoire's is where you want to be, but we are 6 people who might be a little tired from our day of flying in. I just made a reservation for upstairs but I am concerned about what I might be missing in the total experience of dining there. Please advise!
Apart from holiday parties, where those upstairs rooms are perfectly fine, I have only eaten up there once...and that was when downstairs was being re-done(the floor was literally dirt, the fans were gone, the wood sanded to the , well, wood). It is fine for parties and, for people like Bill Hunt who knkow the place and are perfectly happy to have a guaranteed table with a small party (or big). It does not have what we learn to call "the vibe" of the downstairs although the downstairs can be a quiet as a tomb.
I used to pay a waiter's son about $50 to stand in line for a holiday party but then I just decided to go down at about 7:30 myself. the street party of the regulars was as much fun as the stuff inside later on. But coming in from out of town I have no idea how you'd find someone. A lot depends on your arrival time. If you are there and ready to go all-dressed-up by 4:30, well, just walk on in. Six people is no problem at all.
Well, I definitely prefer the ambience downstairs. I say "prefer," which probably isn't accurate since I've never actually eaten upstairs. But I'm not a regular; I haven't eaten there since Dec.'09. Hazelhurst is the expert on Galatoire's. Maybe he can advise you on what one should pay a placekeeper. (I've never stood for a long time or paid anyone to stand in line so I can't answer that question.) Are you planning to eat there on a Friday? Or a holiday weekend? I guess I didn't realize that the line would be a big issue other than MG or other "big" weekends.
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