Why restaurants are banning shutterbugs
Some high-end eateries -- where diners can pay more than $100 each -- are telling customers not to take snapshots of their food.
Americans adore food, and just behind indulging our taste buds is a love of photographing our meals. Sometimes it seems the whole reason for Facebook (FB) is to allow friends to brag about their latest culinary adventures.
But some high-end eateries are banning or limiting photography, reports The New York Times. The reason? Despite paying as much as $175 per person for a meal, shutterbugs risk, well, bugging other customers with the habit.
Among them is the pricey eatery Momofuku Ko, where a recent diner recounted her experience when she started snapping photos. The restaurant, described by Times' reviewer Frank Bruni as "wholly inventive," charges a set price for its meals: $125 per person for dinner, $175 per person for lunch. It also warns to allow three hours for lunch, and two for dinner.
With a pricey, inventive meal that was set to last hours, the diner decided to take a shot of her shaved foie. The diner, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, then says she received a reprimand from the staff. Photos are banned at the hot eatery, she was told.
"I was definitely embarrassed," she said.
At Bouley, photo-crazed diners are escorted to the kitchen, so that they can snap away without making the dining room "like a circus," chef David Bouley told the Times.
"It’s like, here’s the sauce, here’s the plate. Snap it. We make it like an adventure for them instead of telling them no,” he added.
A prix-fixe, six-course dinner at Bouley will set you back $175. With wine pairing, it'll cost $280.
Other high-end eateries are more lax about photography -- but set limits. New York's Per Se and Le Bernardin discourage flash photography.
"Everybody wants to get their shot. They don’t care how it affects people around them," Bouley spokesman Steven Hall complained to the Times.
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Why do some people feel the need to document every minute of their lives and share it with the world, most of which doesn't give a crap?
God, I hate smartphones and social media...
I would want to take a picture of my meal on a fork before I put the one bite in my mouth---------- A guy
could starve in one of these so called 5 Star resturants/////////////////////
Wierd to be so willing to spend big bucks on a meal. Hope these folks start a food shelf filled with decent food.
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