AmEx’s Concierge for their Global Dining Collection under promised and over delivered again! We got a complementary bottle of wine and a black truffle course at The French Laundry last time I used the system. Last night we went to The Girl & The Goat in Chicago expecting just a regular dining experience, but it turned out to be special. When we sat down they offered a special tasting menu that had smaller versions of 10 courses. Naturally we went for the chef’s menu since everything looked good, and It wasn’t until about an hour into the meal that I noticed no other table had the same deluge of food as ours. The food was very good, worth the hype. Even a dish like duck tongue (of which I have had in chinatown many times) was reinvented and improved. Service was on par, never a moment I didn’t feel unattended in a packed lively house.
In the end of the meal (1.5 hours and 10 courses later)the bill came, the only food charge was “AmEx” at $75 a person. I asked the host and she informed me that the 10 course tasting menu is exclusive to tables booked with the AmEx concierge. So there you go, impressed again by these little hidden perks! I went to the website after the fact, and it mentioned both Duck Duck Goat and Girl & The Goat have a special tasting menu. Little goat has a free beer flight!
I got the table last night by reserving at email@example.com in April.
The whole experience was wonderful because it was incidental. My usual route to book dining is using Open table, but for this particular place It is only open one or two months ahead at terrible times. For example if you were to try to book today:
You got to wait till August 13th, 2018 for one table at 9:15 pm. The only other reservation that is open is in September:
This 10 September 2018 date is at awful old people dining times of 16:30 and 16:45. I went for the AmEx concierge because they let me book in April for July. I called AmEx and made the reservation on April 2nd and on April 3rd I got this email back confirming the reservation:
Dear Dr. Derp,
Thank you so much for speaking with me this evening so that we could secure a reservation for you. When you mentioned you live in the area I thought about how you are close to so many amazing restaurants, and there are many that we work with regularly, so it is great that you have reached out to us for assistance. I am excited to confirm your reservation at Girl & The Goat. The details of your booking are listed below — please note the cancellation policy.
Should you need any changes to your reservation, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make your request with the restaurant. If you need transportation, we would be happy to assist you.
Enjoy your dinner, and please share any feedback with us.
Your Reservation Details:
Girl & The Goat
809 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Small Plates
Dress code: Casual
Date/time: Friday, July 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Number in party: 2
Cancellation policy: Your credit card was not required for this reservation, so there is no charge if you wish to cancel. We do ask that you contact us at your earliest convenience if your plans change as a courtesy for the restaurant.
I hope that you both have a wonderful time at Girl & the Goat in July. If you need any more reservations in the future, just remember Concierge is about more than getting a reservation or booking your next special dinner. With the Global Dining Collection you can enjoy access to these additional benefits: exclusive culinary events with our handpicked team of world-renowned chefs, customized experiences at celebrated restaurants around the world and special table access for Platinum Card® Members
If you have any questions or need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us, we are always happy to help. We can be reached at the number on the back of your card, option 2. Alternatively, if you would like to contact us via email, we can be reached by replying to this email or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to being of assistance to you in the future. Thank you for being a loyal American Express Platinum Card® member.
All of her restaurants are featured on the global dining site as the only ones for Chicago. They are also doing 2 events for her this year:
and this end of year one:
The best part about the night is I got to pay with my CSR to get 3x UR points! If you don’t already have the AmEx Platinum, please use my link here, here, here, and here to apply. The $550 annual fee is waived for military, so you can live like this guy from lounge to lounge for free.