Okay, I have to share my experience with the new neighborhood place. Went in early last night sans reservation -- the first night out for dinner after birthing twins 8 weeks ago, compliments of grammy taking the babies for their first overnight. At around 6pm the dining room was empty and only a few parties at the bar. We said we were flexible about having a table or sitting at the bar. No mention of reservations. The hostess (?) said we could do either, and suggested a table in the bar as a happy medium. Cool. Food was nice, especially the duck ragu gnocchi. However I waited through the 2nd half of my entree to be offered a second glass of wine. It arrived just prior to my entree being cleared. Our server asked about dessert and I told her I would think about it while enjoying the wine. Moments later the check was dropped. I was surprised -- we were thinking about dessert and had almost full drinks. Maybe 30 seconds later, the server tried to pick up the check, apologizing but telling us that the table was needed. It was 7:30. Then while she was getting change, the hostess came over to tell us that another party had been waiting for the table for 30 minutes, and suggested we take our drinks to the bar if we wanted to finish them. Am I wrong for feeling outraged over this? I was a fine dining server in a former life, and I'd never ask a party to vacate their table -- plus why put us at a table that would be needed in an hour?
I'd like this place to succeed, yet the next time I have a night off mommy duty...I'll go to Gargoyles where I always experience exceptional service.