This Juicy New Book Spills All The A-list Restaurant Gossip From A New York Maître D'

by Stephanie Maida · October 26, 2022

    Can't get enough celebrity restaurant gossip via @deuxmoi or Keith McNally's Instagram feed? This December, you can go straight to the source with 300 pages' worth of juicy behind-the-scenes secrets from a legendary Manhattan Maître D'.

    Front-of-house veteran Michael Cecchi-Azzolina has had a decades-long career working at some of the buzziest eateries in New York and he's spilling all in his upcoming book, Your Table Is Ready: Tales of a New York City Maître D'.

    From his early days serving the likes of Tennessee Williams at the bygone Broadway favorite La Rousse, to the glamorous dining rooms of Le Coucou and Raoul's, Cecchi-Azzolina is taking readers inside the high-profile (and high-pressured) circus that is the city's hospitality scene. 

    Take, for example, his report on Anna Wintour, who the author claims would "march in" to Soho hot spot Raoul's (sans reservation, of course), order up a steak "very rare," and "look at the server as though he’d just served her rat and have it sent back and redone" if it was the least bit overcooked. Your move, James Corden.

    If that's enough to whet your appetite (and we mean, how could it not be?), pre-order this must-read now!

    [Photo via @lecoucou_nyc]