I think what you're describing would work well at downmarket restos.
Where you sit matters very much past a certain level.
It's still a see and be seen world when you get above a diner/cafeteria level.
I don t agree with that, Beth.
I ran a fine dining group in Manhattan,
enjoying its best restaurants. I never felt that way
I never wanted to be seen. I did not care.
No one ever brought that up
, in over 3O years
of their reserving with me for the group.
That was the Opulent Mensan Special Interest Group.
Accordingly, I never raised that concern when making
reservations, nor on arrival with the Maitre d.
We cared about the flavor of the food, the quality
of the table service and the BEAUTY
of the place.