Restaurants in NYC Ban Hipsters From Taking Instagram Photos of Food

Foodstagramming a Rasberry Tart
Photo by saramhs • Instagram
Foodstagramming a Rasberry Tart
Photo by saramhs • Instagram

Believe it or not, but numerous restaurants in New York City have banned customers from taking an Instagram of their food, according to the New York Times.

Helene Stapinski writes “When it comes to people taking photographs of their meals, the chef David Bouley has seen it all. There are the foreign tourists who, despite their big cameras, tend to be very discreet. There are those who use a flash and annoy everyone around them. There are those who come equipped with gorillapods — those small, flexible tripods to use on their tables.

“We get on top of those folks right away or else it’s like a circus,” Mr. Bouley said.

Moe Issa, the owner of Chef’s Table, was one of the few restaurant owners or chefs who supported the ban of foodstagramming after it became too much of a distraction to other diners in his 18-seat restaurant.

He said, “Some people are arrogant about it. They don’t understand why. But we explain that it’s one big table and we want the people around you to enjoy their meal. They pay a lot of money for this meal. It became even a distraction for the chef.”

While one can definitely understand fancy restaurants not appreciating the practice if it interferes with other guests, it sounds like an over-reaction to actually implement a ban.

At Statigram you can enjoy an endless feed of Instagram photos taken at restaurants.

Is this the end of #foodstagramming? We think not. But it’s certainly going to be a blow to those restaurants that implement such a ban. Or not?

Free marketing or a distraction and annoyance to other guests? Are you a restaurant owner? Share your thoughts:

Foodstagramming – yes or no?


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