My Beef with Servers Who Introduce Themselves

/ July 30, 2017

Is it just me, or is the line "Hi, my name is [insert moniker here], and I'll be your server tonight" one of the worst things to hear at a restaurant when you're ready to order?...

On Restaurants Not Seating You Until Your Entire Party Arrives

/ July 2, 2017

What's the dealio, eateries of New York City?...

Do Restaurants Have a Right to Ask You to Move?

/ February 2, 2017

Say you've finished your meal at a hopping downtown eatery. You and your friends have spent upwards of $300 in total on the repast. You've just paid the bill and are casually chatting as part of the après-dinner pleasantries....

Just How Long Should a Meal Be?

/ November 9, 2016

I’m a big fan of long, leisurely dinners. At many high-end restaurants, such repasts are the norm. You can’t get out before three hours are up unless you let the staff know you’re going to the theater, trying to catch a plane, seeking a spot on the line at Shake Shack and so on. Full meals shouldn’t be cut short when it comes to special occasions. Taking your ...

C’mon, C’mon, C’mon, C’mon, Don’t Touch Me, Waitstaff

/ November 3, 2016

Is it just me, or is being touched by a waiter or waitress while dining out at a restaurant the height of personal-space invasion? OK, maybe I’m being a little persnickety. But don’t you think that when you’re paying for a meal at any eatery, the service should be hands-off … literally? Why am I grousing about this, you may ask? Isn’t such a complaint rather...

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