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Restaurant Service Time Question

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Restaurant Service Time Question

Hello, I am wondering what restaurant hours typically mean in New York? If a restaurant website says their hours are 11am-10pm does that mean they close at 10pm or they take their last seating at 10pm? I know that I should call ahead to be sure but I am just wondering what is typical so that when we are there and decide we want to go to a restaurant at 930pm and their website says open till 10pm we aren't being jerks

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1. Re: Restaurant Service Time Question

That probably means the kitchen closes at 10.

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2. Re: Restaurant Service Time Question

" I know that I should call ahead to be sure"

Yup. There is no typical, but I would not go to a restaurant at 9:30 if it says it closes at 10 unless it's for take out. Whether they lock the doors at 10 or the kitchen closes at 10, you are keeping people who want to clean up and go home from doing so and you will feel rushed and/or resented.

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3. Re: Restaurant Service Time Question

Many restaurants with 10:00 p.m. closing times list Opentable reservations for as late as 9:45.

I personally wouldn't go in that late as I don't think it would be a good experience. But I would go in at 9:30.

I just consider it kind of an unspoken "deal" I'm making with the place.

"Thanks for seating me this late, now let me give you my order quickly and I plan on being out of here by 10:15 or 10:30 at latest and won't be lingering over coffee".

I don't think places with a 10:00 closing time necessarily expect the place to be empty at 10:01.

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