I had a dinner at Zuni on Sunday night. I hadn't been there in years. Great hamburger, wonderful dessert. Service was fine.
We arrived just after 10:00 p.m. and the place was nearly empty. We were seated upstairs at a table for two that was in between two tables of large parties. Maybe they only had one waiter working and we had to all be in his area, but sitting so close to the only other occupied tables in the restaurant made conversation difficult, and it always seems louder on the second floor.
This was magnified when two of the people sitting next to us had a lengthy and heated argument, complete with one of them storming off and his girlfriend/wife yelling after him to return, which he did, which was followed by more arguing. I can't remember ever seeing anything like this in a restaurant. Certainly the horrible behavior of these people wasn't the fault of Zuni, but if we hadn't been seated right next to them . . .
Can anyone tell me if you can get full menu service in their bar area (the tables in the window at the point of the building, on your left as you enter)? Is the upstairs room the only option for late night dining?
I have received very icy reception at Zuni in the past, which is why I didn't ask about the seating options when I first arrived. And it didn't seem to matter at first.