Interesting feedback from the hounds. I've never been criticized before for wanting to share food. That's what makes us hounds, isn't it? The desire to experience everything. That's why we chose to order off the three course menu versus the five, not for the price factor but for the ability to each order different dishes and try them. If I were a chef, I would be flattered by this enthusiasm. Am I wrong?
As for the bottled water issue, it's not that I'm unwiling to spend the money, it's that I prefer water with ice in it. Sorry, chalk it up to anemia or whatever but bottled water is never as cold.
And I don't know that ordering by the glass is inappropriate. If I were with a larger group, we would have ordered by the bottle, but with only two of us being drinkers, that would mean commiting to 2.5 glasses each for a meal at 645 in the evevning. Long night ahead of us. And why have only one wine when you can have two (white first, then red).
As for the pouring, it's been my experience that if someone shows an interest in wines, pairing, has a lot of questions, then the normal reaction is to offer a taste. If one simply just orders, perhaps not.
When I said the waiters were omnipresent, I didn't mean they were overly attentive, I meant they were constantly hovering and staring, but when we actually needed something they weren't there. I know the difference.
And I don't think one needs to expect to spend $1000 to appropriately experience fine dining. I've eaten at many notable restaurants in NY (WD-50, Jewel Bakko, Babbo) and across the country (French Laundry, Spago, Sona), so I know what to expect from a nice restaurant, and I didn't get it here. All other things aside (wine, water, service), the food simply didn't cut it.