I've been bothered for the past few days by something that happened at Otto last week.
I was meeting my younger sister and others for dinner, and got held up at work. My sister arrived first, and asked for a glass of "house wine" (white) at the bar.
Now, my sister is very new to NY, not a big wine drinker, very southern, and quite young (22)- she is not accustomed to asking for a wine list at a bar. She is also a poor student- which is why she asked for the house wine.
The bartender gave her what turned out to be a $16 glass of wine- one of the most expensive on the list. Something she only found out when she got the tab.
Now, I didn't hear about this until later, and I certainly would have said something to the bartender if I had been there. Am I just wrong about what "house wine" means? Where I come from, it's generally one of, if not the, cheapest wine on the list. So was this a case of misunderstanding, or was the bartender just shamelessly gouging an unsophisticated patron?
I understand that $16 is not a huge amount of money for a glass (or quartino- if they do that at the bar at Otto) of wine in this town- I'm just bothered because I feel like she was taken advantage of.