More effective than bribing the maitre d’
The man pictured above, “Eddy”, was our fishing guide for a few days this week and Thursday night we invited Ed and his wife Paula to join us for a farewell dinner at Harvest, reputed to be Montauk’s best restaurant. Great idea but when we arrived we learned that there was an hour-and-a-half wait for an outside table and inside? Forget it. We turned away, wondering whether Tony’s Pancake House was open for dinner, when Paula spotted the restaurant’s hostess and hailed her. She explained our party of five’s dilemma, the hostess disappeared inside for a minute and returned to announce in a loud voice for the benefit of the soon-to-be disappointed diners ahead of us, “I found your reservation – it was filed under ‘Eddy’.” Sure.

Okay, I felt a little guilty brushing past the hoi polloi clustered at the entrance but Eddy and Paula are regulars all year ’round (inside they were greeted by every worker, from bus boy to waiters) and heck, I’ve always wondered what it was like to have the velvet rope opened for my dining party. Turns out, it’s just grand. Food was excellent, by the way and, compared to Greenwich, a relative bargain.

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  1. Anonymous

    The apostrophe comes after the “d” in maitre d’.

  2. claudette rothman

    Welcome back Chris! I never thought of you as a Long Island vacation person. I was pretty sure you stayed in New England following Gideon. On a real estate note, what do you think of the house for sale on Sandy lane, good buy, bad buy? I know it’s close to the merritt but still…….
    Claudette Rothman

  3. Chris Fountain

    I liked Sandy Lane when I first saw it but didn’t like it’s price. Now that it’s been on the market forever, I believe it has come down, no? I’ll check tomorrow but at the right price, the heck with the Merritt.

    If the fish are off Long Island, Claudette, I’ll go to Long Island, so long as I can go by boat and avoid the Hamptons!