Walked into Vee Vee last night at 8:30 with my parents - all tables were full and a party of three was waiting for a table. We were greeted by the host who said there would be a 20-30 minute wait. Noticing that 4 of the 6 bar stools were open we asked if we could eat at the bar. In order to accommodate us they would have needed to ask the 2 people having their dinner at the bar to move over one seat. The host went back to the bar manager to inquire – after watching them whisper and debate for a minute the host came back and informed us that the couple was eating their dinner and they would not ask them to move and that the wait would be 20-30 minutes. Unfortunately, this was a very awkward exchange and I was disappointed they were not willing to accommodate.
When I sit at a bar – even if I’m in the middle of my dinner I would have no problem moving to accommodate another party. I did that at Grammercy Tavern in NYC only a few weeks ago and I was certainly not offended when the bartender politely asked me to move over one seat so he could seat another party. I have to ask my fellow Chowhounders – was this completely unprofessional of the host?