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made to feel unwelcome because child with you?

cooksalot | Mar 12, 2003 03:44 PM

Has this happened to anyone else? It is very upsetting.

Last week I took my two-year old to a local new restaurant for pizza. She is very good in restaurants and practically whispered the entire time we were there.
(no exaggeration). The host/manager/waiter did everything he could to make us feel uncomfortable. By the way, it was Friday night at 6:30 and there were only two other people in the restaurant.

I asked if they had pizza and the reply was "not by the slice." (what a heathen). I was shown the menu to prove they had brick oven pizzas, which I said was perfect for my daughter. I was not seated until I asked if we could sit. Of course, the first table offered was totally inappropriate for a child with two regular chair and it was in the corner. I asked for and sat at the empty banquet.

I was not given a menu, rather the host(?) yelled "pizza margherita" to the back. I had to ask to see a menu for myself, but by then it was too late. The ordering was done before we took off our coats. My daughter loved the pizza (a little soggy in the middle for my taste), but because of the attitude I had it wrapped up so we could leave quickly.

After asking for the check twice, tipping $5.00 on an $11.70 bill, the host(?) watched me struggle out of the door with my daughter and stroller, while he quickly ordered the precious table cleared.

I know they don't have to like kids, but if they don't want them, they should post "DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD IN HERE" on the door so people like me stay away.

If you have a child, I am sure he/she will not be welcome at Cafe Amiana in Gramercy. Try Union Square Cafe instead. They love kids.

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