Uncle Nick's is a neighborhood Greek restaurant on Ninth Avenue (around 50th Street)and we've always gone there despite somewhat rude service and the fact that they put chairs on tables around 11 p.m.
The other night something happened that made me walk out and refuse to go back. Around 9 p.m. my wife and I agreed to meet there and she arrived first. The woman at the door told her that she couldn't sit down at a table until I arrived! So I arrived and she was standing out front. We went in to get a table and I mentioned to this woman that I thought it was a little unfriendly to make a paying customer wait outside. If she had apologized and alluded to some "policy", I would have been molified. However, she rather stridently said that she had to have all the party present before she would let us in and said it was a good idea.
We walked out and ended up discovering a fabulous Italian restaurant names La Locanda one block south.
We felt welcome, we received terrific food and there were no hassles. I won't be going back to Uncle Nick's.