There was a fascinating article in yesterday's NYPost - which I've failed to find online for purposes of posting a link - but anyway... The reporter went to several hot restaurants w/out a reservation and bribed the maitre d' ($50-$100) and in all cases, the bribe was accepted and the reporter was seated instantly.
What do we CHers think about this? Have people done this? I always play by the rules and make my reservation 3 decades in advance... Bribing the maitre d' seems unethical not to mention expensive, but could come in handy for those last minute special occasions that do come up from time to time. Does someone else get screwed if you do this? Or do restaurants keep a table or two for just this purpose?