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Picky about seating

Raids | Dec 8, 201007:28 AM

Well, what? I am. About one thing in particular: I loathe banquette-style tables. Put the tables inches apart - as long as they are freestanding, I don't care. It turns a nice restaurant experience into a situation akin to carving out the shared space in the empty middle seat on an airplane.

And you just wouldn't ever put a freestanding table as close to another table as restaurants do with the tables along the banquette. Recently, I ordered a tasting menu with beer pairings that came with frequent visits from the beer sommelier, who took a couple minutes explaining the rationale behind the pairing and the background of the beer for each course. Poor guy had to wedge himself into the space between tables at the banquette, the table next to us probably logged about 30 combined minutes of his ass in their faces, and the whole thing just felt...different than it was intended to be.

So, now I ask. I write it right in my opentable reservation: I would prefer a freestanding table. And this seems to work! But I feel kind of bad, like I'm consigning all these other people to an experience I've decided I won't put up with. I only care when I'm going to a nice place, so everyone is probably invested in having a nice, relatively private dinner. Because nobody really wants those tables, do they? Does anyone enjoy it? I'm at a loss as to why any restaurant thinks this is acceptable, as it's clearly a naked ploy to eek more cash out of the place at the expense of their customers, which, once again, reminds me of the airport.

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