From the New York Times Diners Journal, March 11, 2010:
On her blog, Rose Levy Beranbaum writes about a not-very-sweet experience at the Breslin.
She and some pastry chef friends arrived there at lunch after she had videotaped a cooking piece. She brought out “a little box containing two small slices of chocolate cake leftover from the taping.” They asked their server if they could have plates and forks and explained that they wanted to try the cake that had been prepared for the shooting.
I gave him my card and asked if he would like to offer one of the pieces of cake to the pastry chef. He revealed that she wasn’t there, so I offered him a taste of the cake. “I don’t do that kind of thing,” was his haughty reply…
The wait person brought back four forks, pushing them onto the table, but no plates. We started to taste the cake, still set on its plastic wrap “plate,” when he returned with the information that he had reported us to the chef who said we’d have to pay a fee for the forks. I asked him if it was a “forkage fee” and he smiled and said “yes.” I suggested that he might have mentioned that before he brought out the forks.
The bill came, and that fee for the use of four forks was a shocking $25.
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