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Sptizer's, I have money! Will trade you for food! PLEASE!!!

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Went to Spitzers on a quiet Sunday night this past weekend. After telling the hostess we were a party of three, would be eating and drinking, and would like to sit at a table, she proceeded with the following interrogation: Her: Will you be eating dinner or just having snacks? Me: We'll be eating dinner. Her: Will everybody be eating? Me: Yes, everyone will be eating. Her: Is everyone going to order entrees? Me: I can't be positive that each person will order an entree, but we're all here for dinner and we'll all be eating and drinking.

I'm not sure why she was still unconvinced that we would order enough food to justify occupying three seats at a table, but she then offered us stools by the window and said we could get a table if the restaurant didn't fill up. (The front room was half empty.) We sat by the window for a couple of minutes, then realizing how ridiculous this was I asked again for a table and assured her again that we were there for dinner. She told us to wait while she checked with a manager then disappeared. We finally did get seated at a table but I had to ask 3 times and was practically pleading with her by the third. She apparently just didn't think we would eat enough. By this time I was so frustrated that I wanted to go someplace else. I mean, seriously ?? We all came to eat dinner. I know they need to maximize return on the tables but who's the manager that thinks it's a good idea to treat customers this way? Should I have emailed our orders in advance so we could pre-qualify for a table? This was just rude.

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  1. ridiculous. i always figured i'd try it when i'm in that neighborhood, but i won't after hearing this. oh the power of chowhound!!!

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    1. re: stefathena

      I've been to Spitzer's about a dozen times and never experienced what psawce did, which is not to say I don't think it happened, and I would've been extremely annoyed if it had happened to me. But if you limit your dining to restaurants that no one has ever said anything bad about, you'll never eat at another restaurant.

    2. So after your initial interrogation you were still not offered a table in a half empty dining room? And you elected to stay?

      You are far more tolerant than I am. I'd rather go home and order takeout than give a place that treats me rudely my patronage and money.

      1. I've had the same thing happen to me there. I laughed at them, and left. Its not as if I can't get better food without the attitude right across the street at 'inoteca. I can't exactly say that I miss Spitzer's... Having to have your hand stamped by a bouncer like a frat-boy isn't exactly my idea of a pleasant dinner experience. Avoid it.

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        'inoteca
        323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

        1. I've gotten the same attitude when I went there. I also went with a 35 year old Aussie who only had a passport, and they wouldn't even let him inside. That in and of itself wouldn't have been the end of the world, but their attitude was outrageous!

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          Spitzer's Corner
          101 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

          1. Honestly I had a very similar experience at Back Forty once. It was a Sunday and was 6:00pm...the place was empty. Restaurants make their on booze anyway. Who cares if we just order apps...we're drinking cocktails at a jack rabbit pace!
            Very annoying.

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            Back Forty
            190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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            1. re: BoozeClues

              Not to mention that Spitzer's always struck me as a somewhat upscale beer/wine bar (with excellent selection of beers on tap) that happens to serve food rather than a restaurant.