my college-aged niece and her friend went to eatery at my suggestion for lunch today. i had been wanting to try it, having walked by several times and heard good things, and they were in the vicinity. so, after being seated for fifteen minutes, they caught the attention of a passing busser to say that no one had approached their table yet to order, etc. they watched the bus person talk to a server, and still nobody went to their table! my niece said they received some slightly odd looks. a bit distraught and probably embarrassed, the girls finally got up to leave.
these two girls are visiting new york for the first time from the midwest. the restaurant was not full, and they are wearing cute sundresses - they certainly do not have the appearance of vagabonds, yet that is how they were treated.
this kind of snobbery - or, at the very least, lack of courtesy - and incompetence is intolerable. i will avoid eatery like the plague and tell my friends and acquaintances to do the same.