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Il Giglio - BEWARE!


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Il Giglio - BEWARE!

Joyce K. | Nov 18, 2000 08:50 AM

I recently took out of town guests (6 of us total) to Il Giglio, based on Zagat's report. We had picked out appetizers (all reasonably priced) but the waiter hawked his wares like a used car salesman, urging us to "allow me to make up just a little appetizer for you - I promise, you will love it". We, of course, agreed. The appetizer was sparse, and not very good, but we didn't say anything to spoil a rare reunion with our friends. When we ordered the entree, 2 of us had picked out the veal chop - I asked for the one on the menu which was about $25, and 2 picked out rack of lamb, which on the menu was about $27 - once again, our "salesman" pushed the veal and rack of lamb specials, saying we wouldn't be disappointed, etc. etc. When he left the table, I thought, why did I agree to that - I preferred my original choice, but he was such a good salesman, we let it go. The bill came. Are you ready? $195 for the appetizers!!! And the specials, instead of being a few dollars more than the menu prices (merely a change of sauce), were about $45-$47, depending on the dish. Our bill was $750 for six people. The food wasn't great, but that's not my complaint. I really resent being taken advantage of. I've eaten in a zillion NY restaurants, and have never experienced anything like this. I guess the moral of the story is, when there is a special, or if the waiter wants to make up a special, ask how much it will cost.

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