Taking a few prim pages from Florence Fabricant, Mariani offers up such commandments as “A gentleman takes his mother out to dinner at least four times a year,” “A gentleman never applauds when the chef comes out” (are high-fives OK?), and “A gentleman never overtips.”
Some of these 39 rules make sense — far be it from a real gentleman (or anybody else) to bribe the maitre d’ or snap his fingers to get the waiter’s attention. But what kind of gentleman never drinks beer from a bottle at a restaurant? And what’s so un-gentlemanly about drinking water with a lemon or lime slice floating in it, or dancing at Greek restaurants? Since when did “gentleman” become a euphemism for “uptight prude”?
[Via The Food Section]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 21, 2010