Thanks to some 'hounders recommendations for eats near Radio City, we ended up at Chez Louis last week. The food and ambience were excellent. However, I was surprised by their policy for ordering wine by the glass. Two (out of four) of us got there early, and my friend ordered a glass of white wine, and I a glass of red. The waiter brought out a bottle of each, OPENED beforehand, and after pouring our glasses, left the bottle on the table and told us we would only be charged for what we drank.. and that was their policy. Is this a fairly common occurrence? Of course, by the time the other 2 people came we forgot to brief them about the wine, and both bottles were quickly gone. In hindsight, I should have told the waiter to remove the bottles.
First off, who knows what the heck was really in the bottle. I was also a little perturbed that we had to spend $32 or $34 per bottle (@8.00 or 8.50 per glass) when we could've gotten a better deal by ordering the wine by the bottle.
For a somewhat classy restaurant, I thought this policy to be a bit sleazy, putting a damper on an otherwise excellent experience.