We made a reservation a week ahead for 9:15 and received a call asking if we could push it back to 9:30. We arrived at 9:30 and the host asked us to wait on the side, stating our table would be ready shortly. He then told us to move to the bar (very narrow, tiny 4 seat bar) and order a drink while the table is being set. Not ready for a drink, we stepped over to the side of the restaurant, he gave us a look. Around 15 minutes later, he told us that our table was ready. He brought us down to the basement (where there are 4 tables) and sat us in a round 8-top. The waiter came over and snidely said, "isn't it great to have room to spread out in New York City for once!" We were disgusted, who seats a small party at the biggest table in the restaurant. There was no warning of the table, or was there, "this is the only table that is ready for now..would you like to wait for another one." We then all got up and walked out of the restaurant as one person in our party spoke with the host. I heard about rude New York service, but this pushed the limit! We walked over to Eighty-One and told the host our story and were treated to AMAZING SERVICE. Not normally a ranter, but this was over the top!