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Hipsters in Brooklyn Make ‘Silent Dining’ A Thing

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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.

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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