Thursday, August 25, 2005

Table Talk

Anybody who ever watched the races from The Porch restaurant knew that you'd be doing the Ben Franklin handshake with Manny the maitre d' to get yourself a table. You could try the Andy Jackson handshake, but you do want to see the races, right? And actualy eat?
The system for getting tables at the track is well-known in media circles; suits entertaining clients are often advised by those in the know on exactly what they'd need to tip maitre d' Manny Alvarez ---unless they want to be shown to that special spot between the men's room and the linen closet.
Well, Mr. Alvarez is taking the rest of the Summer off, thanks to NYRA, so expect those August expenses to be a bit lower than what you budgeted.