I'm visiting from SF and enjoying many of the fine restaurants in your city. Today I had lunch at The Spotted Pig. The food was fine. At the end of the meal, I paid my bill in cash. When I received my change, I noticed that they didn't give me any small change (coins). In fact, they rounded the bill up so that I received less change than I should have.
It was less than a dollar, but I was intrigued (and needed that change to ensure a full 20% tip). I asked the server whether it was a mistake or the restaurant's policy. He said, 'We don't have change so we always round the bill up.'
Small change is not a big deal. That said, why not give this small change to the guest? After all it's the restaurant's responsibility to have change. I travel quite a bit, so I've eaten at restaurants in many different cities. I've had items comped or bills rounded down, but this was a first for me.
I wonder is this specific to The Spotted Pig or:
Is rounding the bill up a common practice in NY Restaurants?
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014