You’ve relished each bite of your meal, you’ve looked in awe at your posh surroundings, and you have just leaned back in your seat to take one long breathe before enjoying the last bite off your plate…. Wait, where did your plate go? If this scenario rings a bell, you’ll appreciate Phyllis Richman’s latest lamentation about waiters and disappearing dishes. In “At the Dinner Table, A Comedy of Manners,” Richman discusses the latest trend of waiters confiscating anything and everything off the table before you’ve even had the chance to finish eating. Spotlight-hungry servers and different vintages of water are also open to Richman’s scrupulous eye. So read up before this article gets snatched up in the plate-nabbing cross-fire.
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