New York City listeners will no doubt recognize Michael Cecchi-Azzolina’s face, if not his name. For several decades now, he’s run the dining rooms of some of the most popular, acclaimed, and influential restaurants in Manhattan, including Raoul’s and Le Coucou. Michael’s first book, Your Table is Ready: Tales of a New York City Maître D’, which debuted just last week, is a no-holds-barred account of life in the front-of-house trenches, with all the vivid, sometimes lurid detail you’d expect. Andrew and MIchael sat down recently to discuss the book, its themes, and tangential issues such as guest etiquette (or lack thereof) and the most effective way to convey customer feedback.
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