Daisy May's BBQ. I am not sure how to proceed with this post because as you can see from the pictures, half a pig is a big deal. No joke, three times last week I just sat in my seat and said silently, "There will be pig!" And then last Saturday came, and when they brought out Rosa, my entire body shook with excitement. Half of a pig. Just think about that for a second. They went out, found a little piglet and then roasted it, then HACKED IT IN HALF! How fierce. I have had good bbq before, but this was on another level. However, while the meal was splendid, things took a turn for the awkward at the very end when Daisy May decided to be mathematically retarded.
The way it works at Daisy May's is if you call in advance to get half a pig, they will reserve up to six seats for you. If you want more people to show up, then they will charge you $35 dollars per extra head. Our group reserved for ten people, and they sat us at a twelve top. The issue was that one person could not make it therefore we had only nine show up. Here is where it gets tricky because Daisy May decided to charge us for that extra tenth person even though we did not take up that seat.
They had their story wrong because the same woman offered two different excuses as to why they just had to charge us the tenth seat.
1. We already charged your card, and there is nothing we can do. When you reserve a table we pre-authorize the number in case you do not show up.
2. When you reserve a seat, we have to charge you for it because we cannot give that seat to someone else.
Where do I start? Her first excuse made it sound like they had their sights set on charging us for ten individuals no matter what. After a civil discussion, she backtracked and said she could cancel the credit card charge, and we could pay in cash but the bill would stand as is. Let me get this straight, after a discussion you CAN wipe out the charge and we can pay in cash? What did you just say five minutes ago?
Five minutes later she tells us that if we reserve a seat then they cannot give the seat away to someone else, thus we have to be charged. Maybe it is just me, but sometimes when you lie, you just come up with more excuses as you go along.
The problem with the second excuse? If we have eight people sit at a twelve top, you could not possibly accept a reservation for six more people for half a pig. And walk-ins could be seated as such because we did not use the seat. Does someone want to help me try to figure the math out? Twelve minus eight equals?? Maybe my inner abacus is off but I am getting FOUR. If Daisy May could not stuff another ressy at the end of the table, how did my friends and I thwart any potential business?
All of my friends loved the entire meal, and it was such a good time to sit around with good people and eat great food. The pig was spectacular, and the sticky ribs were also a hit. But we all left Daisy May's with an empty feeling despite being stuffed. Sure, they scored a $500+ tab on us that night, but they lost what could have been nine super happy repeat customers.
Daisy May BBQ
623 11th Ave.
New York, NY 10036
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