I was at Alias on the LES tonight. I've been there several times and always enjoyed it for the tasty comfort food and generous portion size. At 8 o'clock we we're only the 4th party there, and they just sat a party in front of us. I order the ribs (half rack according to the menu), my wife the fish, and my niece the hanger steak. The food arrives, and I have 3 ribs on my plate, my wife has a piece of bass 2 inches wide, and my nice had a similarly small portion of beef on her plate. The food was the usual tasty fare.
I brought the rib portion to the server's attention, and after consultation with a guy in the kitchen, got half off my order.
Then to top things off, the waiter made a math error on the bill overcharging me. Since he wasn't around in a half empty restaurant, I made a notation on the check and downgraded his tip.
Do people see essentially halving of portions at other places?