Monday, May 17, 2010

Nice Lunch, Bad Brunch! May 17th

I don't know if I'm just going through an unlucky streak with restaurants or not, but I have quite a doozy for you all (read below!). But first, I met up with my friend Missy for lunch today at our usual spot, Sea Thai Bistro in the Meatpacking District.

I had the usual... spring rolls & broad rice noodles with tofu. We had a good time like always!



I got some cute shots of Peanut yesterday too...





Now you all know that I LOVE Blossom and have raved about this place many times (in fact Gabriela and I just had an incredible dinner there a few weeks ago!). But an unfortunate incident with an INCREDIBLY rude hostess at Sunday's brunch has left me with a "sour taste" in my mouth, to say the least! On to the story...

I hadn't made a reservation since it was just myself. The hostess walked up to me and asked me if I had a reservation, and I said, "No, because I didn't think I needed one for just myself," or something to that effect. Then she said, "Well I don't know if I have room for you," and proceeded to look at her seating chart. She then was then saying all this confusing crap about which tables she had available and when, and said something about 2 o'clock… and then I finally said to her, "Look, do you want me to leave or not?" Then she had the nerve to say to me, "Wow, you're really aggressive!" I said, "I'm not being aggressive, but I just don't understand if you want me to leave or not." So finally I got it out of her that yes, there was a table available, and that I'd have to leave by 2. Which gave me plenty of time. She then reluctantly seated me! I absolutely could not BELIEVE her nerve. How dare she say I was being "aggressive" when I was speaking in a completely normal tone?! If anything she was acting like she wanted me to leave!!! YET, there were plenty of tables open! And guess what, the WHOLE time I was there (all 20 minutes at most?), there were several open tables. So you know what Blossom? F*** You!

The problem with Blossom is that they really do fit the stereotype of a vegan restaurant. They have a snooty and "holier than thou" attitude that really bothers me, despite how much I like their food! I really don't know if I even want to go back there again after this incident, because just the fact that they could speak to me that way after I've been such a good customer is unbelievable. They may be cruelty free to animals (which I applaud, of course), but what about their customers?!

I wrote a very good e-mail to them today, explaining the situation, so I'd better hear some sort of apology from the manager... I'll let you all know if I do!

Oh yeah, and I got the french toast! lol And funny... it wasn't as good as I had remembered it to be! Maybe I had just lost my appetite by then, who knows...


Now, if you'll excuse me I'm going to go indulge myself with the cheesecake Mom made this weekend! :)


So how about you guys... any rude restaurant stories to share? Have any of you actually had someone pick a fight with you because you didn't make a reservation (for one person!)? Am I over-reacting or do they owe me an apology?

10 comments:

Kelsey said...

no appology on ur end! that was so rude of that place! by saying the word 'aggressive' thats a personal attack to you and .. u didnt even attack the waiter! u just asked if they were trying to tell u to leave or not! WTF.. yea that doesnt help their sterotype vegan "im so great" vibe. i wouldve been too angry to eat or worried they put something in my food just in spite! im so proud u stood ur ground tho- but man what a horrible atomosphere that would have been! oh karma will do what needs to be done.. no worries! and im sure the server will pull that same shit to other customers and eventually get fired!

btw i laughed at the cruelty-free to animals..but what about their customers! SO TRUE! <3 sorry you had to deal with that girl! hugsss*

Marina said...

Kelsey ~ Thanks for the thoughtful reply! Believe me, had I not been really hungry, I would've left. Plus, it just really bothered me... who did this hippy little b*tch think she was?! Luckily the waiter was ok though.

Gabriela said...

I definitely think the hostess was out of line. All she needed to say was that she was anticipating a busy day and could offer you a table as long as you were out by two- with a smile on, of course! I'm sorry the French toast wasn't as good as usual, bad service definitely has a way of turning the whole meal around!

Missy said...

I had a great time again! I still can't get over that hostess. Let me know as soon as they respond (they better!!!)

Marina said...

Gabriela ~ Exactly! The fact that her rudeness came out of nowhere is what was surprising!

Missy ~ I'll let you know if I hear anything... I better is right!

Tori said...

No way are you over reacting. That b*tch was rude! You're a paying customer like everyone else, so you should have been treated like one. But she could have been new to the job. I think about that too now after getting my first job. I'm always effing something up for customers cause I don't know how everything works. Haha!

<2 Tori

Marina said...

^^No way would you have been *that* rude, Tori! lol

Katie said...

Sorry about the Blossom experience... I've always wanted to go there, though!

runwritetherapylife said...

I love Peanut in the laundry basket!

It sounds like she probably was being rude. I can't believe she said you were being aggressive; regardless of whether or not you were, she can't say that to you. As an employee of a restaurant that is serving YOU she needs to be nice, even if they didn't have a table! I have never been there. I don't have restaurant horror stories really since I hardly ever go out, lol!

Happy weekend!

Marina said...

Caronae ~ Apparently she can! And I guess the manager is rude too, being that it's been 4 days and I've yet to receive any kind of response from my e-mail! I'm really beginning to lose faith in this place quickly. :(