Am I out of line to be so steamed about this? My friend turned forty last Saturday, and her husband arranged a dinner party for eight of us at Chicken Bone in Williamsburg. He asked them to bake a cake. They agreed at first, but they called him back later to say they didn't have the ingredients or the time and suggested he bring his own cake, which he did. We all ate and drank plenty--appetizers and main courses, cocktails and bottles of wine. When we got the bill, however, there was a $24 cake cutting fee.
I understand that restaurants sometimes charge such a fee if you bring dessert in from the outside, to make up for the loss of income from the dessert you otherwise would have bought from them. However, in this case it was THEIR choice not to provide the cake. I think it's outrageous of them not to have waived their fee. (My friend's husband asked them to, but they refused.)
The food wasn't bad, but I for one am never going back there.