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Cubana Cafe Smith St - Overcharging Tax??

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Cubana Cafe Smith St - Overcharging Tax??

Todd Eaton | Mar 14, 2005 09:10 AM

I'm not sure if I'm over-reacting to a waiter simply trying to save time or if there is something more insidious going on, but I had brunch at Cubana Cafe on Smith St on Sunday and I was charged a dollar tax on a 9 dollar bill. This is obviously over ten percent and the tax in NYC is 8.63. I brought this to the manager's attention and he adjusted the bill. I left the quarter I was overcharged as extra tip, but I was a little annoyed. Granted it's easier for a hurried waitress to just throw a dollar on there rather than get out the calculator, but it's MY quarter we're talking about here. If this is standard practice in the place we're talking about a lot of money in the aggregate if they are charging 10 percent tax on every party.

So, am I over-reacting? Has anyone else had a similar experience anywhere? Should I have just let it go?

The meal of Huevos Rancheros was decent but entirely uninspired, however the place is very cute and the dinner menu looked authentic enough that I'd want to go back for Ropa Vieja or any of the other traditional dishes on there.

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