We were taken to Market Table for a special retirement dinner before a performance at the HOP; our reservations were for 5 pm. We arrived only slightly early and were warned we could not order til 5. We said "fine, we'll have a drink" and were seated. Our waiter offered us the drinks and dinner menus and came back fairly promptly to take our drink orders and brought them within a reasonable time. He then jumped on a nearby banquette and spent 15-20 minutes erasing and replacing yesterday's menu. Finally our host for the evening walked over to him and said we had a performance to attend and to please take our order. In a few minutes he jumped down from the banquette and took our food order blaming the chef for his tardiness in creating the menu AND the poor penmanship on his notes so the specials were difficult for him to read. We waited. In the interim, baskets of bread and meals were being taken to the patio. My husband stopped another waitress and asked for bread (it was going on 45 minutes). In 5-8 more minutes she brought room temperature bread to us (it is unclear why it took so long). Our food did arrive, the small portions were pleasing since the bakery looked tempting, and it was delicious, particularly my orecchiette with peas and cream. But the well prepared food did not overcome that our server's priority of correcting the dinner specials on the blackboard--was he the only one who could write? This is a restaurant who serves lunch, what happened in the hours between? Finally, in taking our dessert order and bringing our check, our waiter doubled his charm effort to protect the tip he hardly earned. We felt terrible for our hostess who was mortified that our special dinner was a lesson in frustration. I am sure none of us will return despite the quality of the food.
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