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From: [an eater]
Date: Friday, April 2, 2010
To: eater complaints dept.
Subject: Horrible Treatment at Angelika's Kitchen

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I recently had a strange and ridiculous encounter at Angelika's kitchen. A group of us, eight of us, were meeting for dinner. Since they don't take reservations, I went early to be sure I could secure a table for us all. The hostess said she was going to put us in the two front tables in the window. At the time, one of them was occupied. At 7 PM, four of us had arrived and I asked the hostess if we could sit at the one empty four-top table. We figured that by the time our last four arrived, the table next to us would be free. She agreed and we all sat down and ordered appetizers (we didn't want to wait to order, because that can be annoying).

At this time, a manager came up to us and said she couldn't guarantee the table next to us anymore. She said that if the table leaves and a new party arrives before our friends, she would have no choice but to seat them. This would almost make sense, except the restaurant still had a number of tables open, and the ladies next to us were still there.

We said fine. A 5th member of our party arrived and we scooted up a chair for her to join us, while we waited for the three others to join and the ladies next to us to leave. It was not busy, we were in a corner and not in anyone's way. The manager rushed over and told this member of our party that she would have to leave the table and be seated alone on the other side of the dining room or go back to the waiting bench! So at that point we saw that a table for 6/8was available right next to us. We asked if we could sit there. She said no. I asked for the check and she looked SHOCKED that we wanted to leave. She said she tried to accommodate us, but she didn't really or she would have seated us at the empty 6/8 top. So we paid our $15 tab and left. At that moment there were seven open tables. What a moron.

Angelika's Kitchen

300 East 12th St., New York, NY