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Ate at Italian restaurant this weekend and they only offered bottled water - sparkling or flat

I wanted to know how the chow hounds would Handle this - the bottle of water was 7 dollars which is not a lot of money but I have never experienced anything like this before - you were not allowed to have NYC tap water!!!!

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  1. There's a Italian restaurant in Queens that does the same (Sapori D'ischia, they're quite popular). Yeah, it's pretty outrageous. If it makes you unhappy, you can always vote with your wallet and not patronize this type of restaurant.

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    Sapori d'Ischia
    55-15 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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    1. re: Cheeryvisage

      I understand and agree with your sentiments and comments.....but ultimately, it would not bother me and I would order a bottle of sparkling mineral as I always do. Maybe I'm not the best person to comment on the issue.

      I'm sure someone will chime in and say it's against the law to refuse tap water if requested.....

    2. "the bottle of water was 7 dollars which is not a lot of money".
      $7 isn't a lot of money? For water? When you have the world's best tap water for a fraction of that price? I would have said "no thank you" or just left.
      Is there a reason why you haven't named the restaurant? Many here on chowhound know about Sapori D'ischia in Woodside, would you mind telling us the name of this place so we are forewarned?

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      1. re: jinglejangle

        You named the restaurant!!!! I guess this is well known by the chow hounds!

      2. Please tell us the name of the restaurant. I will never, ever go.

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        1. Scandalous!! I think NYC has great tap water. We affectionaltely call it "City Gin". Unless someone (my lovely and talented wife) wants sparkling water we just get tap water.
          Under the circumstances we'd get a bottle of water, enjoy our meal and express our displeasure as we leave. So many great restaurants in NYC that we would not need to go back.

          1. We never went back; I like sparkling water once in a while and always order bottled water in Europe but in the middle of a dumpy street in Queens, refusing to serve NYC tap water is pretentious and somewhat offensive.

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            1. re: kayemtee

              I've eaten in many sandwich or burger type places that will not serve you tap water.....it's really not that unusual if you think about it. In my state, there are many BYOBs, so the house makes no money on beverages.....they have to pay their bills, so I understand the policy if implemented.