:( I used to live in the neighborhood and this place was my go to spot for picking up food while studying for the bar exam. Pretty yummy when you are too lazy to cook. (I was judged by a woman at Pathmark for picking up lean cuisines during bar study!) I have also eaten here several times with my bf. The food was always a decent 3.5. The patio area in the back is a cute spot for dinner or brunch. Perfect for walking around the corner and getting a bite to eat.
On our most recent visit, the service was okay (during the meal), food was fine, but somehow, our party of 2 was charged an automatic gratuity of 17%. All of a sudden no one was coming to our table. Finally I had to flag someone down to bring up the issue. I have been here several times with our bill approaching/over $100 for just the two of us (we like to eat!) - this has never happened previously. I questioned the charge and they offered to take it off, but it really made me wonder was this charge added to our check because of our minority status? I voiced my thoughts to the man who came over to address the issue. All I got was a blank look. No acknowledgment of what I said at all. He told us that when the bill goes over $100, the system automatically adds a 17% gratuity. What? How does this make sense? I could see, for parties over 6 or something but this was not the case. I mentioned that the bill did not go over $100 (it was $90 something) :: Crickets:: Hello!! Is anyone home? Is anything going on upstairs? Maybe I am naive but something like this has never happened to me before. Ruined the evening (for me at least - my bf was somewhat amused that I had never been treated this way. somehow this became a "learning experience" .) We tip anywhere from 20-30% depending on the service. We left the 17% gratuity on the check, paid, and left. I would never return here. It felt like a slap in the face. I don't know, it gave me a reality check. You can have education or money or whatever else but some people will always look down on you no matter what. Disappointed with the charge, the response, just everything.
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