Celebrity chef Mario Batali was at the NYC Food and Wine Festival earlier this week and he gave out a few of his own secrets that help keep his restaurants a success.
Firstly, during peek hours, it's important to get people in and out quickly. One way to make sure that happens is to turn up the music. "We have loud music at Babbo while you're eating soigné food. From 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. we turn it up and make it faster to get people out of there."
To keep a peaceful dining experience for everyone, flash photography shouldn't be allowed. "Flash photography in a restaurant ruins the experience. But you want to pick up a phone, take a picture? Doesn't bother me."
But, at the end of the day, Batali says restaurants have to be "authentic, genuine, inspired, tasty, and fun!"