Just curious - seems to me that not that many years ago (at least where I'm from) if you dropped a lot of cash on a high end dinner, at some point the chef would come out in his/her whites to do the rounds of the tables and say hello and thanks to those dining. Does this happen anywhere any more?
I can only think of two meals in NYC where the chef has made the effort to engage ... once, arriving for lunch at Lutece a few years ago, Eberhardt Mueller was hanging out by the maitre d's station welcoming people as they arrived.
The only other time was when I was having lunch alone at Eleven Madison, shortly after it opened (it's a great lunch place for solo diners by the way) ... Kerry Heffernen (sp?) was working the room saying hi to folks.
I suppose it's not really fair to expect this from every chef, but it always feels like a nice bonus, and makes the meal more memorable. Anyone have any favourite places that still adhere to this old-fashioned ritual?