Edit ModuleShow Tags

Table Talk

Scoring the best seat in the house



©istockphoto.com

We all know when we’re being sent to Siberia by a restaurant hostess, seated at such an undesirable table—near a drafty window or a swinging door leading to the kitchen—that most of us promptly request to be reseated. Still, the notion of a good table is all relative.

At Gabriele’s, VIPs like Judge Judy are seated at the banquettes around the perimeter of the round dining room, giving them a comfortable position of prominence where they can be seen by other diners. At Greenwich Tavern, if you’re a large family party or a group of couples, the long rectangular table in the secondary dining room may be your best bet. At the Cos Cobber, the booths are king (the legendary Andy Rooney was spotted at the one in the far right corner just days before his passing). Some swear by round tables for the best flow of conversation within a group. On a date, of course, many couples prefer some quiet and privacy; romantic tables abound at Thomas Henkelmann and Valbella.

So how do you go about securing a great table even if you don’t have connections and you’re not Page-Six material? First, be clear on where you want to sit; then, greased palms aside, try these tips from top hostesses.

Announce Your Special Occasion

Call ahead and let them know that you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, sports victory or whatever the case may be. If you tell the hostess in advance that this is an important meal and you want a primo table to suit the moment, you’re much more likely to get a desirable spot.

Be Flexible with Timing

If you’re planning to eat at a popular restaurant, consider booking an earlier or later seating. You may have better luck demanding that corner table. 

Become a Regular

When you really love a restaurant, it pays to be a repeat customer. The more often you go and get to know the staff, the more likely your name and face will be recognized—and rewarded.

Dress for Success

Though restaurants shouldn’t discriminate based on looks, they do want those seated at prime tables to represent the customer well. Paying attention to your appearance will make a difference.

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module

 

Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Greenwich Agenda

  • Holiday Craft Sale

    2014.11.22
     @ First Congregational Church of Greenwich

    The Annual Holiday Craft Sale at First Congregational Church of Greenwich is a great place to start your holiday shopping.  The sale offers...

  • Photos with Santa at SPLURGE

    2014.11.22
     @ SPLURGE

    Santa Claus is coming to SPLURGE!  For a $10 donation to Kids in Crisis, professional photographer Cathy Wilson Ramin will be onsite to take a...

  • The Enchanted Forest

    2014.11.21
     @ Hyatt Regency Greenwich

    Junior League of Greenwich presents 2014 Enchanted Forest! Holiday Boutiques Gingerbeard Workshops Santa's Breakfast...

  • Wendy Tisch Memorial Concert

    2014.11.22
     @ Greenwich Library/Cole Auditorium

    Join us for a recital by acclaimed Canadian pianist, Angela Hewitt.  Sponsored by the Schubert Club of Fairfield County and Richard Tisch,...

  • Second Annual Wendy Tisch Memorial Concert

    2014.11.22
     @ Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium

    The Second Annual Wendy Tisch Memorial Concert presenting Angela Hewitt, celebrated Canadian pianist in recital Program:  Bach, Scarlatti,...

  • Junior League of Greenwich The Enchanted Forest

    2014.11.21
     @ Junior League of Greenwich

    The Junior League of Greenwich (JLG) will host its annual holiday fundraiser, The Enchanted Forest on Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • The Best of 2014: Cecile Chong, David, Ruth Hiller, David Licata, Loanne Mattera, Jill Parisi, Kristen Thiele

    2014.11.08
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY I Dates: November 8 – December 22, 2014     Opening Reception: November 8, 6:30 – 8:00 PM Public Invited THE BEST OF 2014:  Cecile...

  • Flinn Gallery Art Opening

    2014.10.30
     @ Flinn Gallery 2nd floor

    "IN FOCUS" OPENING RECEPTION -  Thursday October 30, 2014 6-8pm. "IN FOCUS"features seven artists' visions in...

  • "Paper & Stone" an exhibition by Ellen Gordon & Sary Backer at the Loft Artists Gallery

    2014.11.01
     @ Loft Artists Gallery

    Paper and Stone” An exhibition by Sary Backer & Ellen Gordon November 1 - November 30th Artists’ reception: November 8th from 4 – 6 PM...

  • Holiday Craft Sale

    2014.11.22
     @ First Congregational Church of Greenwich

    Annual Holiday Craft Sale in Old Greenwich, Nov. 22 and 23 The Annual Holiday Craft Sale at First Congregational Church of Greenwich is a great...

  • Antarctica: Photographs by Diane Tuft

    2014.10.28
     @ Bruce Museum

    October 28, 2014 - February 1, 2015 Selections from Gondwana, Images of an Ancient Land Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT...

  • Exhibition: Northern Baroque Splendor

    2014.09.20
     @ Bruce Museum

    Northern Baroque Splendor. The HOHENBUCHAU COLLECTION from: LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections, Vienna September 20, 2014 - April 12, 2015...

  • Exhibition: Native American Pottery from the Bruce Museum Collection

    2014.11.22
     @ Bruce Museum

      Generously underwritten by Gabelli Funds and The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund Over the years, the Bruce Museum has...

  • IMAGINE CANDY- SWEET TASTINGS!!!

    2014.10.24
     @ Imagine Candy

    Imagine Candy located in Scarsdale Village- Winner of 2014 Best West of Westchester by Westchester Magazine- holds a Belgian Chocolate and Candy...

  • Native American Heritage Month

    2014.11.23
     @ Bruce Museum of Arts and Science

    November is Native American Heritage Month, and the Bruce Museum will celebrate with a special Family Day dedicated to Native American traditions...

  • Family Gallery Tours

    2014.10.26
     @ Bruce Museum

    Designed for children ages 6-10 and their families, these tours will provide an interactive, discussion-based tour of the museum’s current...

  • 6th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop

    2014.11.28

    Santa and his LIVE reindeer - Dancer, Dasher, Prancer and Blitzen, are coming back to town for the 6th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival &...

  • Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale for Charity

    2014.11.29
     @ First Congregational Church of Greenwich

    O, Christmas Tree; O Christmas Tree Buy your tree and help those in need this Christmas! It’s time for the annual Christmas Tree and...

  • Tuesday Toddler Tours

    2014.11.04
     @ Bruce Museum

    Children ages 3-5 and their adult caregivers are encouraged to come explore the Museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books...


Show More...
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular Articles

  1. Greenwich Hospital Venezia Gala
    Greenwich Country Club
  2. The Good Lie
    Bow Tie Cinema
  3. BCA Annual Luncheon + Fashion Show
    Hyatt Regency Greenwich
  4. Harvest Art Fair
    YMCA of Greenwich
  5. Greenwich Happy Hours
    6 places to go in Greenwich for Happy Hour