The scene:A mid sunday afternoon on the east side of Broadway and 64th. A party of six asks the hostess at Josephina's if they can sit outside. There are perhaps 16 tables, half are taken. She asks "are you eating or having just drinks". We reply "just drinks". She says that outside tables are for dining only. No one feels like arguing-we leave, hot and angry, never ever to go to Josephina's again.
Should we have lied, sat down, ordered drinks and simply never ordered food? This was not a busy time of day (post brunch, pre dinner)-why could she have not sat us?