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Fifth Floor - Odd Waiter Behavior

Ray O | Jun 13, 200203:28 PM

Went to the Fifth Floor two weeks ago, being a big fan of Laurent Gras from previous experiences at Peacock Alley and in Paris. Our exceedingly chatty waiter was well-meaning if annoying, but I imagine some folks don't mind incessent commentary and faux casual perkiness. After ordering a half-bottle of white wine to start, our waiter returned with not the Puligny Montrachet requested but a Chassagne Montrachet at twice the price. I told him we were actually looking for the Puligny Montrachet, and he said "I couldn't see where you were pointing at the wine list, but I thought you said Montrachet" in a rather surprisingly accusatory tone. Considering the prices and pretensions of the restaurant, I found it odd to be blamed for not making my wine selection clearer to the waiter, especially since no clarification was requested at the time I ordered it. (I'm not at all sure that he was aware that there were both a Puligny & a Chassagne Montrachet on the list, nor that there was a dramatic price differential between the two, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt despite his tone and demeanor) I know this may seem nitpicky, but at $400 for dinner for two, is it too much to ask for a waiter unafraid to say "I'm sorry I couldn't hear you?" or "Which Montrachet - the Puligny or the Chassagne?" when taking the order?

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