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Gourmet Gripes

Posted on May 20, 2007 in Gourmet Gripes

Though it was hard to choose from the many grievances I’ve received this past week – apparently there are quite a few unhappy diners in NYC – this beef’s particularly close to my heart: I can’t stand when a restaurant’s host lies about how long the wait is.  I don’t know how many times a week I have to go through this.  The worst was when I went to Norma’s and they quoted me thirty minutes.  I must’ve asked ten times and they ended up seating us almost two hours later.  I would’ve left, but I was starving and couldn’t bear the thought of going to another restaurant and having to wait all over again.  But for god’s sake, just call a spade a spade.  If it’s going to be thirty minutes, tell me thirty minutes!  If you don’t...

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Gourmet Gripe

Posted on May 9, 2007 in Gourmet Gripes

Dear Restaurant Girl, “Hi, can I make a reservation for 2 for dinner please?  Sure, we can offer you 4:30pm or 12:15am.”  What planet are these people from??  That is earlier than the early bird special for Ethel and Ira in Miami Beach.  And who sits down for dinner at 12:15am?  Seriously. How about they just say we are booked and do away with these wasteland time offerings.  It is so silly and obnoxious.  Normally when they offer me these times I say I will take both….. G DAWG Isn’t it fun to get things off your chest?  Complaining can be very fulfilling, so keep ’em coming. Until we eat again, Restaurant Girl **Don’t forget to subscribe for Restaurant Girl’s Weekly...

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Debut Gripe

Posted on May 1, 2007 in Gourmet Gripes

It has recently come to my attention that too many a restaurant grievance goes unaired: an all too apathetic server, a half-thawed hen, a mortgage-your-meal check.  After my inbox reached capacity for the 11th time, I have finally decided to make two changes. First, I finally purchased more email space, so feel free to gripe away.  But more importantly, hereon forward I will now post the most noteworthy or glaring offenses in a weekly column, deemed Gourmet Gripes.  It’s official.  Thus, you stand warned that when you beef, it will go public. Seeing as I only enacted the new policy this week, I’ll happily be the first to throw an objection into the mix.  Behold, my greatest dining displeasure – the unisex bathroom.  While I prayed this trend would die out, it seems all too alive and well.  Case...

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