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How Long Is Enough to Wait for a Reservation?

Oh Bagelman, I'm not sure what you understand the word "cruise" means, but try this: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictio....
My problem was, why 15 minutes after being assured a table was on the verge of vacating, my party of four was still standing against the wall waiting. I could have walked out, yes, but I chose to walk the area where tables large enough to accommodate us were located because I wanted to verify what seemed obvious--the hostess was just stalling us.
Trust me, though I doubt you will, there was nothing intrusive about walking normally through a single aisle separating booths and tables. You make it sound like such a passage is akin to sticking your head in the confessional to eaves drop.

Mar 12, 2014
huguccio in Not About Food

How Long Is Enough to Wait for a Reservation?

The section with tables for four or more has about 10 places. The walk, though I used the word "cruise," was a normal walking pace. This restaurant, though popular and pricey, is noisy and informal. I was not staring at tables, making calculations about how fast they were going to finish. All I wanted to ascertain was whether anyone was at the check paying point.

Mar 12, 2014
huguccio in Not About Food

How Long Is Enough to Wait for a Reservation?

I think someone walking past your table is not intrusive. I wasn't lurking or taking notes. You see what is in front of you.

Mar 11, 2014
huguccio in Not About Food

How Long Is Enough to Wait for a Reservation?

The table was tucked away under stairs leading to the music venue and sat at the entrance to the bathroom area. The restaurant also runs a shop adjacent to it and there are a couple of tables in that space. This was one of them. I suspect that this was never to be our table and was offered to resolve a problem. My issue, other than the 15-20 minute delay in seating, was the hostess's reassurances at 8.30, the reserved time, that our table was signing its check. Fifteen minutes later, the table closest to leaving was starting its dessert course.
The food was fine, but since we were going upstairs for the music, it was rushed. In part that was my fault, since I had presumed wrongly that the music would occur in the restaurant space.

Mar 11, 2014
huguccio in Not About Food

How Long Is Enough to Wait for a Reservation?

We ended up being seated not long after the manager arrived. The table we were put at was technically not in the restaurant but in an adjacent area that served as a retail shop. It was next to the entrance to the restrooms and beneath the stairs that led up to the entertainment venue. As my question suggests, the real problem for me was the hostess's unreliable assurances that our table was just being vacated at 8.30 when, in fact, no restaurant table was done with its dinner at 8.45.

Mar 10, 2014
huguccio in Not About Food

How Long Is Enough to Wait for a Reservation?

We had an 8.30 reservation at a popular restaurant and arrived quite early (8.10--no traffic!), told the host we were there and went to the bar. At 8.30, I checked with her and was told the table was just signing its check. At 8.45, I cruised the tables and the table closest to finishing had just begun its dessert course.
She had just made up a story to fob me off.
I wonder, why do restaurants tell you the impossible just because it's easier than apologizing for keeping you waiting? For that matter, how much of a delay should be tolerated for a firm reservation time?

Mar 09, 2014
huguccio in Not About Food

regina's in allston....alternative?

And the sad truth is that "cutting it close" did not take into account the Mass Turnpike on a Saturday afternoon. What is it with traffic jams randomly sprinkled over the distance between the NY border and Boston? The saddest truth is that we ended up eating (?) at Logan. My wife had the "pizza" at Puck's. I just couldn't bear eating that. Thanks for all the input, which we will use the next time we are in the Boston area.

Jul 22, 2013
huguccio in Greater Boston Area

regina's in allston....alternative?

So nobody thinks allston is worth visiting. Our problem is we are cutting it close for our Logan flight and are driving from the Berkshires via 90. Any sterling alternatives near 90?

Jul 19, 2013
huguccio in Greater Boston Area

regina satellites

We can,'t get to the mother church, but can stop in Allston on route to catching our flight at Logan. Is the pizza too inferior to justify stopping in Allston?

Jul 19, 2013
huguccio in Greater Boston Area

Private Dining in Sausalito area (or maybe SF)

We need a restaurant, preferably around Sausalito, to host a wedding rehearsal dinner in late September, though depending on where out of town guests are staying, San Francisco might work as well. We expect about 50 people. We don't need Gary Danko.
Any suggestions?

Buying Live Lobsters

We'll be in Wellfleet in mid-July and then driving to the Berkshires. Any suggestions on where to buy live lobsters and raw clams to carry to our destination? And how best to keep the lobsters among the living for that long of a drive?

Jun 16, 2013
huguccio in Southern New England

Advice on Santa Fe: Cafe Pasqual, Geronimo, The Compound, etc

We've been in Santa Fe for a week and have had many good meals. This morning's breakfast was not one of them. We opened the Paris Cafe in Burro Alley and ordered omelets: she had Lyonnais, I a plain. Both were dessicated. Her's had crumbled bacon and cheese, also dry. On the side were tasteless grilled potatoes. and two anorexic slices of baguette. That was it. Had this been dished out at summer camp, I'd not mind. But maybe I'm too harsh. Perhaps the owner when he chose a name for the place had in mind Paris, Texas.
Apparently the pasties, which seem to star at this place, are not to be had at table, unless you wnat to spend $7.50 a portion. which given the place's simple nature seems excessive.
Good meals? Plenty: our best were dinner and breakfast at La Plazuela (La Fonda), lunch at La Vinaigrette (salads, sandwhiches) and at La Choza, pastries and coffee at Sage Bakery, tapas at El Farol and La Boca (LB the better).The Shed was as good as usual. Tia Sophia, though it does bring in tourists like us, also has a loyal local clientele. Just avoid Paris Cafe--at least for breakfast.

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La Boca
72 West Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

La Choza Restaurant
905 Alarid St, Santa Fe, NM 87505

El Farol
808 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Tia Sophia's
210 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Jul 26, 2010
huguccio in Southwest

Las Vegas NEW MEXICO (NOT THE OTHER LAS VEGAS)

We're spending two days after Santa Fe to decompress in Las Vegas. We're at the Plaza Hotel and wonder what anyone knows about eating outside the hotel restaurant. We're interested in any suggestions not just in LV but in the general area or for that matter between LV and Albuquerque (for the drive to the airport).

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Plaza Hotel
230 Plaza St, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Jul 17, 2010
huguccio in Southwest