As a 20-something geek I was surprised to read how virtually every place accepted the bribe in one way or another. It really contradicts my low confidence + true/false mentality.
His attitude appears to have been the magic for making those deals... had he been holding the money timidly he implies they certainly would have turned him away. I will take away from the article the reminder that more self confidence (to a point) reaps benefits in ways I wouldn't always expect.
The downside of this approach is the associated psychology. If you give out bribes there is possibility bribery can also be used against you. So be careful how you deal with this kind of activity. Don't be surprised if the people you bribe try it back on yourself.
This is so true and such a cliché that we often suspect people with too firm outsides to do just that.
The one thing that really strikes me is I wonder if this bribing is relatively rare, and the novelty is what made it work.
It's not clear, but I took this to mean that his meal (if not the tip/bribe) was paid for on expenses.
He seems to wrap it up well in his tips -- the most important is that it seems natural, that you dress well and seem meant to be there, and not be awkward about the tip.
Walking straight up to the bouncer at the front of a line, asking to get in, and (after you are denied and told to get to the back of the line) saying "Isn't there some way we can work this out?" while slipping him a twenty works every time.
And frankly, there IS something exhilarating in getting to go where other people can't be. Perhaps it's not the cleanest thrill, but it's stupid to say that you derive no pleasure whatsoever from it.
They don't tell the restaurant they are reviewing it until after paying for the meal if at all - only to see the kitchens and such. Exceptions of course for new trendy restaurants - they sometimes have press nights.
I'd be interested to see if it would work at the Waverly Inn, whose hype is based more than anything else, and more than any other restaurant in the city, around its exclusivity. They try very hard to cultivate an aura of unattainability (e.g. no phone reservations—only walk-ins or people who reserve through personal connections).
After reading this piece, though, it seems the better question is where wouldn't it work.
"Would you turn on the A/C? Tonight is a very important for me..."
That line pretty much sums up the idea of "trendy restaurants".
If you want a good night out, avoid this shit and find an old money haunt: better food, better service, and better diners. No, you won't see any celebrities (another plus).
However, in the mind of an entrepreneur I have to say that it seems as generally a waste of money to do such things, at least on a regular basis. Even if you had the money to do it, it would be extremely unwise. This would be the kind of thing you do and the kind of restaraunts you should eat at when it IS a special occassion... not because you're hungry.
Maybe I'm just bitter at the overuse of the word nowadays.
"Dude! I totally hacked that cereal into my mouth with a spoon!"
1. n. Originally, a quick job that produces what is needed, but not well.
2. n. An incredibly good, and perhaps very time-consuming, piece of work that produces exactly what is needed."
He got into the restaurant. Whether greasing palms is "not well" or "incredibly well" is up you ;)