Wine shenanigans in Hoboken?

6/16/2008:

We all know the recent economic troubles have most of us trying to save money in some shape or form.

But what if a local restaurant is trying to cheat you on your wine purchase?

One Hoboken411 reader has been hearing rumors about area eateries “switching” cheaper wine into more expensive bottles.

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Wine switch-a-roo in Hoboken?

“I’ve noticed there are a few local restaurants which, when delivering an ordered bottle of wine, deliver the bottle already open instead of opening it at the table.

I’ve heard rumors lately (unsubstantiated, but from a few unrelated people) that these establishments open the bottles “in the back” and mix in (or replace it with) lower-quality, less-expensive wine. A friend of mine actually confronted a waiter at one establishment about this and was told “don’t ask…leave it alone.”

I’m curious about the community’s thoughts on this. Personally, I can’t imagine this would save very much money for a restaurant, and thus seems unlikely but was wondering if anyone had heard of such a thing. At these restaurants or elsewhere? Has anyone sent a bottle back and demanded that it be opened in front of them?”

Have you ever wondered why a bottle comes “from the back” already opened? Does that make you suspicious?

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60 Comments on "Wine shenanigans in Hoboken?"


oh well okay
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oh well okay
8 years 3 months ago

more importantly elaine, did he further insult you by addressing you by your first name? the change at least i can forgive…

strand tramp
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strand tramp
8 years 3 months ago

i don’t recall this ever happening to me in a restaurant ever. but considering hoboken is a city of parking meters it would strike me as strange that mgmt would consider this acceptable. here’s an easy way to find out; if this ever happens again and the waiter/waitress claims it’s their policy, just ask to speak with the managr/owner so you can discuss it with him directly. ask for his/her name and then the owners name. are you guys intimidated by wait staff or something?

andynnj
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andynnj
8 years 3 months ago

P.S. I eat in the city all the time and I’ve never had that happen. Which place was this? Good food?

andynnj
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andynnj
8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”88415″]Since we’re on the topic of questionable praactices in bars, I have a question for those of you who frequent bars regularly. I sat at a table in a bar-restaurant in Manhattan and got a bill for lunch and a drink for $20.59. I gave the waiter two $20 bills and he came back with $19 change. I told him that I was very pleased with the meal and the service and would have taken only $15 in change anyway, tipping him $4.41, but that it should be my choice on the 41 cents. He apologized for any misunderstanding and said that the establishment policy is that they don’t like to handle coins and they round everything up or down to the nearest dollar if they have to make change.

Is this a normal practice?[/quote]

It may be normal in Hoboken, but it reeks of low class. I am with you on this – give the customer a choice, even if it’s something as simple as 41 cents.
And for all you douchebags who will comment on how that’s not customer service and I am focusing on stupid stuff, blah blah blah, I worked in hotel and restaurant customer service from ages 16 to 27. Sometimes the little considerations mean a lot to customers.

Easy-E
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8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”88415″]Since we’re on the topic of questionable praactices in bars, I have a question for those of you who frequent bars regularly. I sat at a table in a bar-restaurant in Manhattan and got a bill for lunch and a drink for $20.59. I gave the waiter two $20 bills and he came back with $19 change. I told him that I was very pleased with the meal and the service and would have taken only $15 in change anyway, tipping him $4.41, but that it should be my choice on the 41 cents. He apologized for any misunderstanding and said that the establishment policy is that they don’t like to handle coins and they round everything up or down to the nearest dollar if they have to make change.

Is this a normal practice?[/quote]

Kind of minor, unless you like your change, but is that even legal?

Unless of course they are always rounding in favor of the customer, but I don’t like the idea that on top of the bill tax and tip (I tip well) I would be nickled and dimed a little more.

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