Must-Read: The Importance of a Good Server
There’s that scene in Goodfellas where Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco go through the back of the Copacabana restaurant, through the kitchen, through a few murky hallways, and right into the best seat in the house. You know the one I’m talking about. The one where it shows one of the many perks of being a wiseguy, the reason that so many folks risk life and limb in order to be one.
The thing is, that scene, that respect that one gets at a restaurant, anyone can get it. You don’t need to rob a Brink’s truck or do a hit on some rival gang’s button man. You just need to get in with the server at the restaurant. Which brings us to this vitally important article over at AskMen.com that goes through specifically what it takes to get a server to show you a little more attention, and what that attention with get you:
The second thing to realize is that your server may not be your friend, but they can definitely be your ally. A good server should know the menu like the back of their hand, and in a decent restaurant, they’ll have been given the chance to taste everything so they can offer sound advice. They will know what signature dishes you should not miss and, while they may well be instructed to push certain items, they can help you construct a menu that will be perfect for your table.
The article is the latest in a series over at AskMen that goes through the 10 commandments of fine dining. Check out the rest, while you’re at it.
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