Hipsters in Brooklyn Make ‘Silent Dining’ A Thing


Because nothing says good company like 90 minutes of silence and punishment for talking.

But that’s exactly what  happened the other night at Eat, a restaurant in Brooklyn that recently hosted a  dinner where all the guests vowed to be completely silent throughout the meal. The four-course, $40 dollar dinner of “organic locavore” bites, lasted an hour and a half.  If you slipped up and spoke, your plate was removed and placed on a bench outside, where “loudmouths” were expected to finish their meal.  Maybe I just don’t get it, but I’m pretty sure a simple “thank you” shouldn’t elicit such treatment.

The dinner was inspired when Nicholas Nauman, the event’s organizer, ate a meal in an Indian monastery, and remarked on the peacefulness of the experience. His goal was to eliminate the “sound and fury” of dining.


Overall, it sounds like the kind of pageantry one comes to expect from the New York dining scene.  Would you participate in a silent dinner? Let us know in the comments below!

H/T Eater + PicThx WSJ

By Nora Landis-Shack

Nora Landis-Shack was born to be a foodie. With a classically trained French chef for a father, she’s been exploring new tastes since she was big enough to help chop vegetables for dinner. Pig’s feet, frog’s legs, and tripe are delicious child’s play. Which isn’t to say she doesn’t love a great steak. Because she does. With frites, please.

5 replies on “Hipsters in Brooklyn Make ‘Silent Dining’ A Thing”

We were watching the first season of The Mind of a Chef with David Chang and he dined in a ramen house in Japan that was like this. So it must be a normal thing in other locales. I would probably be OK with it but I would definitely slip and giggle at some point.

No I wouldn’t. I like to choose what I’m going to eat. I like to make my server aware of how good I find their service. If it tastes amazing, I sometimes make my server aware of what I want them to tell the cook. I don’t know enough sign language to say these things appropriately. Then again, given that this is hipsters we’re talking about, that would be seen as noise because it is communication and in a quiet room probably draws twice as much attention as noise.

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